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6 top restaurants in Genoa

Genoa, the capital of Ligura, is more than the sum of its best-known parts –il porto, Italy’s most important commercial port from 1861 until after World War II, pesto (the basil-based sauce that is famous worldwide) and Piano (as in Renzo Piano, the Pritzker-winning architect who was born here and has left his mark on the city). The Genoa Boat Show held every autumn is the biggest in the Mediterranean, while other attractions include food, culture and the largest medieval center in Europe. Here are some of the top restaurants in Genoa!

All restaurants listed here belong to the Genova-Liguria Gourmet consortium, meaning that they have been recognized by the local Chamber of Commerce for their overall excellence and respect for local gastronomic traditions.

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The Cook

Genova’s only Michelin-starred restaurant has a new and elegant location in town. Its name refers to the owner, chef Ivano Ricchebono, who uses local products, suppliers and traditions in unexpected ways, such as local lettuce alla Genovese (with pesto) or pane burro e acciughe (butter and anchovy bread).

The Cook

Vico Falamonica 9 R

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Photo: Ostaia Da U Santu

Ostaia Da U Santu

The rustic exterior reflects the reality of this straightforward eatery. What you see is what you get – traditional food, lovingly prepared at an honest price. You can’t get more typical than cima alla Genovese – a pocket of veal stuffed with meat, vegetables and cheese, cooked, pressed (to remove excess liquid) and served tepid. Or alternatively, pesto with rice, or ravioli with walnut sauce.

Ostaia Da U Santu

Via al Santuario delle Grazie 33

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Ristorante Da Rina

Fish lovers rejoice. Rina serves seafood – only fresh, not frozen – at a price that won’t break the bank and very close to the attractions of the Porto Antico. Culinary temptations include fritto di paranza (lightly-fried small fish and seafood), hard-to-find mandilli de saea (silk handkerchiefs, a fine pasta rolled by hand and served with pesto), and sacripantin, a layered cake with buttercream, hazelnut and cocoa filling.

Ristorante Da Rina

Via Mura delle Grazie 3 R

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Le Perlage

The impressive chairs and linen at this seaside restaurant reflect the golden age of Genovese merchants, and guests dine with equal opulence. Fish and crustaceans hold center stage, with all three degustation menus, which change by season, featuring bounty from the Mediterranean.

Le Perlage

Via Mascherpa 4/r

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Trattoria detta del Bruxaboschi 1862

In a sea-focused city, this trattoria is unabashedly for carnivores. The name in Genovese dialect means “wood-grilled” as in Angus beef, lamb, rabbit and chicken. Vegetarians can choose from grilled vegetables, salads, and mushrooms, as well as pasta dishes. The sweet tooth finale comprises 14 desserts, including latte dolce fritto dalla vecchia ricetta del Bruxaboschi (the trattoria’s take on a typical fried sweet, sometimes served as part of a main course fritto misto rather than separately as a dessert).

Trattoria detta del Bruxaboschi 1862

Via Francesco Mignone 8

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Last edited: April 11, 2018

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