Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Dining in Monterosso

Once again, we dine incredibly in Monterosso al Mare!  Our first dinner is at Il Casello, outside overlooking the sea.  We share stuffed anchovies, mussels, and sea bass with penne.

Anchovies, mussels

Sea bass with penne

Walking back after dinner, we peer into the beautiful church and chapel next to each other:  Parocchia di San Giovanni Battista and Oratorio Mortis et Orationis.

Peering inside

The next evening, we stop at the Midi Bar in Piazza Garibaldi for cocktails, accompanied by some small snacks.

Cocktails and snacks

Dinner is next door at L'Osteria, where we have anchovies, bruschetta three ways, branzino, mussels, and trofie with pesto.

Anchovies, bruschetta

Trofie, mussels


Our next dinner is at Enoteca Internazionale, feasting on a salumi e formaggi platter and fantasia di bruschetta.
Two assortments

The next evening, we're at Cantina di Miky for sardines in olive oil, mussels in lemon and white wine, tagliolini pesto, frito misto, and anchovy spaghetti with tomatoes and capers.

Cantina, mussels, sardines

Pesto, anchovies

Frito misto

Our walk back takes us along the edge of the sea, where people are finishing up their dinners and enjoying the pleasant evening weather.

Folks finishing up dinner

The beach at night

Entertainment along the way

Our final dinner in Monterosso (this trip) has a focus of  pesto, with trofie and on pizza, all following an octopus salad.

Octopus salad


After dinner, we again walk through the quiet streets, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city and the remaining tastes of our dinner.  What a great place! 

Quiet streets

Our short food tour of Monterosso would not be complete without a cone of fried fish for lunch, along with a bottle of local white wine, purchased at the little stand La Botegga del Fritto at the entrance to the train station.

Fried fish and wine

We could keep returning to Monterosso for just the food, but in addition, we find great people, wonderful scenery, and fabulous experiences.  That's why we come back every year!

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