Best Restaurants for Genovese Cuisine
Collected by Collier Lumpkin, AFAR Local Expert
Lunch in an underground cellar, minestrone among academics, dinner overlooking harbor lights...
Vico degli Indoratori, 45r, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Tucked just a few steps away from the towering Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Al Giardino degli Indoratori is a lovely small restaurant with a delicious wine list, serving locally-sourced Genovese specialities (their menu is very balanced though -...
Via delle Coppelle, 10, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Tucked behind the Rolli Palaces, the Vico del Ferro was the sole area of the 15th and 16th century butchers in Genoa—in fact, the alley itself was originally a small river in which the butchers would throw the skin and offal of the cows when they...
Calata Cattaneo, 15, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
There are but few 'grocery stores' that live up to the title 'eatery'. Eataly, the Italian food market concept (headed up by Oscar Farinetti and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini), certainly deserves all accolades poured upon it. With outposts...
Vico Superiore del Ferro, 8, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
When you have had your fill of fried anchovies and stewed octopus, drop by Taggiou for a perfect plate of 'salumi'. Genoa has never really been known for preserved meats, given her proximity to the sea and food-culture thus centered on seafood,...
Via David Chiossone, 5, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Just steps from the historic Doria Church of San Matteo (with its gorgeous glass mosaic door embellishment), La Buca di San Matteo serves a delicious prix-fix lunch in their beautifully classic sunken dining room for only 20 euro (if pesto is on...
Vico Tana, 4, 16126 Genova GE, Italy
This tiny hidden Osteria is super popular with the university faculty at the bordering University Degli Studi di Genova. With a handwritten menu, your choices are somewhat limited, but the food quality is super high—I love their take on minestone...
Piazza Nettuno, 2, 16146 Genova GE, Italy
Tucked a few miles outside of the 'main' section of town, Boccadassee is a hidden gem of a Cinque-Terre-like fisherman's village, yet still within the city limits of bustling Genoa. Come in the late afternoon to explore the tiny winding alleys,...
Vico Palla, 15/r, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
Bathed in candlelight, the vaulted brick ceiling in this basement restaurant casts an incredibly romantic glow - as such, come for dinner after enjoying an apertivo in a nearby piazza, and spend the evening sampling some of the tastiest bites of...
Via Domenico Fiasella, 70, 16121 Genova GE, Italy
Horse meat is actually quite normal in most of the provinces in northern Italy, and is available for dinner at La Locanda in Centro. If you are interested in trying it while visiting Italy, this is a great restaurant in which to give it a whirl -...
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