Restaurant: Gianni Franzi
Location: Vernazza, Italy
Date: June 27, 2011
Rating: Solid local lunch
We took a little train ride down to Cinque Terre, a very pretty region of five small towns clustered by the sea.
The second of these is Vernazza, which is accessible only by train or boat. Picturesque as you can see. In typical Italian fashion transport doesn’t really run during lunch so we were forced to stop and eat. I just chose a likely looking place by feel.
The patio looks back on the harbor in the above establishing shot.
A caraffe of local white was totally drinkable.
This place puts the pesto on top, which is unusual. This is spaghetti genovese (known here as pesto).
Seafood ravioli. These were stuffed with fish and in a tomato based fish sauce. Very tasty actually, but not for the landlubber as it had a bit of a briny flavor.
This is minestrone Genovese. The waitress scolded me for ordering it with a pasta dish as there are technically pasta bits in here — but who cares. In any case, this is a very pesto minestrone, and pretty typical of the dish. Good though, as I LOVE pesto and could eat like 10 pastas in one meal.
Overall, a totally satisfying quick little lunch.