Where to Eat in Genoa
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
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 Lomellini, 57/59R, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
Only available during the Easter season, Pasqualina is a simple, traditional Genovese dish - a vegetable tart made of swiss chard or artichokes baked into a pastry shell, and stuffed with hard-cooked eggs. Grab a slice hot from any of the wood...
Via dei Macelli di Soziglia, 69, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Probably originating in Persia, Pandolce has been a Genovese staple for centuries - an homage to the incredible amount of global trading that has occurred in this ancient port city. Enjoy one of these delicious fruited cakes from Le Gramole during...
Vico Superiore del Ferro, 14, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Hidden down the Vico Superiore del Ferro, this tiny shop is a secret gem. While most gelaterias keep their colorful products out in plain view, luring children in from the street with their mounds of chocolate and mango and black cherry, Gelateria...
Via di Canneto Il Curto, 54-56r, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Turn down the little Via di Canneto, and you can't miss this focacceria on your left. The line will literally always be out the door, especially in the morning hours. But the wait is worth every minute (and the amazingly kind women working inside...
Via di Ravecca, 72/R, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
One of the most abundant focaccerias in town, Panifico Patrone has been baking bread in this very oven since 1920 - and you can taste it. Ask for a piece of the focaccia con formaggio (cheese) - it will be soft and gooey and incredibly messy...
R,, Via Luccoli, 12, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
While the gelato at Cremeria Buonafede is delicious, the real star here is the freshly made whipped cream - in fact, it's so good, you can get a cone stuffed full of JUST whipped cream (with a sprinkling of canella (cinnamon) if you like).
Via David Chiossone, 5/r, 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...
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,...
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 -...
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...
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 dell'Erbe, 15, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
If throughout your travels around Italy you've tried every flavor of gelato possible, come to Cremeria Dell'Erbe, where they are experimenting with salty gelato. I sampled the salty pistachio, the salty fruits of the forest, and I cannot WAIT to...
Via Colombo, 56 r, 16100 Genova GE, Italy
While the focaccia is excellent at Panegirico, the exceptional part is that they make paninis to order—which, oddly, is not a common find in Genoa. With tons of local meats and cheeses, and all sorts of crusty breads, you can create your own...
Via S. Rocco, 46, 16032 San Rocco GE, Italy
I set off on my hike from Camogli to San Fruttuoso early on a Sunday morning, and forgot the most important thing - breakfast. Luckily, Panificio Maccarini (in the teensy tiny village of San Rocco) popped up just as my blood sugar took a deep...
Via di Porta Soprana, 15-R, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Drop by Antico Forno Ursida on your way to Cathedral San Lorenzo for a fantastic, oily, crispy-yet-tender focaccia - but just make sure to come early, as she is often sold out of the best treats by 10am. And make sure you take a second to enjoy...
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 -...
Vico del Ferro, 9-r, 16124 Genova GE, 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...
Vico del Ferro, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
With a long history of wondering what meat was actually being purchased when pre-butchered, the Italians developed a perfect system for ensuring accuracy - keep the head on! Thus, when shopping still today for chickens or quail or rabbits in...
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