Da Gaia Ristorante - Genoa

Da Gaia Ristorante - Genoa

Here are six of Genoa’s Better Restaurants According to Lonely Planet

> Il Marin
A: Porto Antico; Tel#: +390 10 869 87 22; W:www.eataly.net Prices meals €50. Opening hours: noon-3pm & 7pm-10.30pm. Eating by the water often means a compromise in quality, but Eataly’s 3rd-floor fine-dining space delivers both panoramic port views and Genoa’s most innovative seafood menu. Rustic wooden tables, Renzo Piano–blessed furniture and an open kitchen make for an easy, relaxed glamour, while dishes use unusual Mediterranean-sourced produce and look gorgeous on the plate. This is the destination restaurant the city has long needed. Book ahead.

> Trattoria Da Maria
A: Vico Testadoro 14r; Tel#: +390 10 58 10 80; Prices meals €15.Brace yourself for lunchtime mayhem. This is a totally authentic, if well-touristed, workers’ trattoria and there’s much squeezing into tiny tables, shouted orders and a fast and furious succession of plates plonked on tables. A daily hand-scrawled menu is a roll call of elemental favorites that keep all-comers full and happy, along with the jugs of ridiculously cheap wine. Cross your fingers you’re there on a minestrone alla Genovese, pesto lasgne or donkey ragù day – pure Ligurian bliss.

> Lupo
A: Via delle Monachette, 20;Tel#:+390 10 26 70 36; Prices meals €25-30; Opening hours 12.30-3pm & 7.30pm-midnight. Inviting aromas of home cooking – cuttlefish in tomato sauce, ravioli in walnut sauce and homemade desserts – greet you at the door, as do owners who welcome you like they’ve known you forever. Lupo’s wine list is outstanding, and its antiques and objets d’art, such as cast-iron candelabras, a grandfather clock and black-and-white photographs suspended on wire strings create a refined yet relaxed ambience.

> Da Gaia
A: Vico dell’Argento 13r; Prices meals €30-50; Opening hours noon-3pm & 7pm-midnight Mon-Fri, 7pm-midnight Sat. Don’t let the dark, Dickensian alley put you off. Gaia is a ray of light in murky surroundings, and is regularly voted the best restaurant in town by those who should know (ie the locals). It’s famous for its fish, so try the antipasto vegetable plate before diving into prawns, sea bass or tuna. It also does all the Genovese staples – pesto, salsa di noci (walnut sauce) – and a good stewed rabbit.

Il Marin Ristorante in Eataly, Genoa

Il Marin Ristorante in Eataly, Genoa

> I Tre Merli
A: Palazzina Millo; Tel#: +390 10 246 44 16; Prices snacks €7-12, meals €20-25. Grander than some of its portside counterparts, this well-positioned restaurant is flanked by towering black-and-white-striped columns. Excellent Ligurian cuisine includes salted cod fritters, and veal stuffed with porcini mushrooms and potatoes. Otherwise, you can just have a glass of wine with wood-fired snacks such as focaccia col formaggio (Liguria’s answer to cheese-on-toast).

> Officina 34
A: Via di Ravecca 34; Tel#: +390 10 302 71 84; W: www.officina34.it; Prices meals €30. Genova is a long way from Berlin or Brooklyn, but that urban aesthetic is in full force at Officina 34. Subway tile jokes aside, it’s a beautifully fitted-out space in a pretty location, and has a simple, gently innovative menu that shows the kitchen cares about quality ingredients. A young, good-looking crowd come for raw plates and apertivo and often end up staying late.