Where to eat in Cinque Terre

Eating Our Way Around The Cinque Terre

Following on from our adventures Eating Our Way Around Florence, I thought it only right that I make you drool over our foodie finds in the Cinque Terre too.

Before we left for this trip, I was a little worried about eating in this region on the Italian Riviera as it’s hugely popular for seafood and pesto, neither of which I eat (I’m not a fan of seafood at all and I’m allergic to nuts).  I knew I’d be so disappointed if I couldn’t try the local delicacies and so my rumbling stomach thanks the food gods that there was plenty for me to eat and the Cinque Terre very quickly became one of my very favourite foodie destinations from all of our travels.

Il Pirata delle cinque terre

Il Pirata was without a doubt our favourite restaurant on our travels around Italy and we found ourselves heading towards this small cafΓ© in Vernazza every single morning for breakfast.  Their pastries were to die for.  Literally.  I wouldn’t have been surprised if someone had told us our plane had taken us to food heaven instead of a little village in Italy!

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

My morning breakfast consisted of a soft flaky ricotta and strawberry croissant, the thickest and most chocolately hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted, and a freshly squeezed blood orange juice.  I could easily have just worked my way through their fresh pastries all day but the dinner menu was far too tempting to resist.

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

A plate full of tomato and mozzarella bruschetta went perfectly with a bottle of chilled rose wine to start, and the spinach and ricotta cannelloni…well…there are no words.  This is the sort of food that you can’t help but moan over.  It was food porn at its finest and I have been trying to find a similar dish that makes my belly just as happy ever since but nothing quite lives up to the scrumptiousness of this.

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

Aside from the food, what I loved about this place was the super friendly brothers who ran the cafΓ©.  They would make us laugh and chat to us about our day exploring the Cinque Terre. They always remembered I had a nut allergy and would recommend nut-free dishes including this Eton Mess which was just a-maze-ing.

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

Alex’s drool-worthy dessert that I unfortunately couldn’t try 😦

Lunch box

After our yummy breakfasts we grabbed some packed lunches from Lunch Box before we set off on A Hiking Adventure in the Cinque Terre.  About half way along the hike we stopped for a rest where we eagerly tucked into our lunch of fresh focaccia packed full of Italian cheeses, meats and salad.

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

I couldn’t think of a better spot for lunch with the green hillsides and the blue sea as our backdrop.  Just look how happy it made us… πŸ™‚

Eating our way around Italy

batti batti

If you time it right this is can be a quick snack stop.  If you time it wrong you’ll end up waiting in a huge long line with all the other tourists who have just come off the train for a day visit.  But wait anyway because the focaccia here made me think I’d gone to food heaven again.   Through no fault of my own (the food really is just that good) I found myself popping in regularly for a slice of warm and fluffy focaccia.

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

pizzeria fratelli basso

Take away pizza Italian style is a whole lot different to Dominos so this became our favourite place for a quick and casual meal.  Our little bed and breakfast was right across the road from this place so we grabbed a take away pizza, a bottle of wine and some plastic cups, which we took down to the water front and ate on the rocks overlooking the sea.

Where to eat in cinque terre

It’s the best view I’ve ever had with a take away! 

Where to eat in Cinque Terre


I really can’t single out one gelateria that was better than any of the others because it’s gelato, in Italy, and it’s damn good wherever you get it from.

Gelato in Cinque Terre

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37 thoughts on “Eating Our Way Around The Cinque Terre

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    Was forever grateful for your Il Pirata trip – we only went the once but the savoury food was, as you say, totally to die for and the dessert cannolis were absolutely scrumptious as well!! The brother who served us was such a charmer too πŸ™‚

  2. Sreejith Nair says:

    Mouth watering post, Ayla πŸ™‚

    Frankly speaking, I just opened the post, scrolled down and I couldn’t resist the temptation to have something heavy, so I rushed to have my lunch πŸ™‚

    Now I could read it properly πŸ™‚

    Well compiled post πŸ™‚

  3. Valerie says:

    Eating your way around Cinque Terre sounds like the most heavenly thing right now. I cant wait to go one day. The 5 towns have been on my list for a very long time πŸ™‚ And come on, Italian food? Amazing!! xx

    • Ayla says:

      It is such a beautiful place, definitely go when you get the chance. One of my favourite places in the world thanks to the gorgeous little villages and of course the delicious food πŸ™‚

  4. emfletche says:

    Great post! Cinque Terre is such a beautiful place – And yes, any combination of foccacia/pizza/birra goes down well with those stunning views! My favourite spot was sitting on the rocks at Manarola, watching braver people than I jumping into the sea πŸ™‚

    Think Italy is my favourite place in the whole wide world πŸ™‚

  5. connie says:

    Who doesn’t love proper Italian food – I’ve never made it to Cinque Terre yet but it’s definitely on the list. We’re headed to Milan at the end of the month and I’ve definitely got high hopes for some foodie delights!

    • Ayla says:

      You would love it Connie. The food is just heavenly. I’m pretty sure Milan will have amazing food too – it is still Italy after all πŸ™‚

  6. The.Restless.Worker says:

    Ah the only thing better than a trip to Italy is enjoying the food! ESPECIALLY the gelato – you’ve really made me miss that

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