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All 48 Porto Venere Restaurants

Osteria il Carugio

Via Capellini 66, Porto Venere, Italy
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Ranked #35 of 48 Restaurants in Porto Venere
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations

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English first
Albany, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We came upon this busy little restaurant on a Monday evening after finding Portivene Un Mare di Sapori closed and what a treat we had! We were greeted and promptly seated by the gruff host, Antonio, who not only seats and serves, but sings and plays electric piano too! We were amused when one of the locals pitched in to... More

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Oregon
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86 reviews 86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The menu is very small. They must concentrate on doing a few things very well. I know our meal was very good. Just seafood here, in an osteria that has been family owned and run for many years. I asked the waiter/owner about the large old photo near the door. He proudly said that was his nonno (grandfather)! We ordered... More

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Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We picked this restaurant as it looked like it had locals in it! Not top of the list for atmosphere but with quick service and lovely food. We wanted to be back out enjoying the beautiful sights of Portvenere! My stuffed mussels (Cozze ripieni) were just delicious and the local pesto, for which Liguria is well-known, was excellent. When I... More

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Paris
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We've stopped to have lunch at this osteria on our day trip to Porto Venere as a group of thirteen people. The menu was short and featured basic dishes such as spaghetti with pesto and octopus salad. I have ordered the latter and the dish was delicious in its simplicity. Contrary to what other reviewers have mentioned, the host did... More

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La Spezia, Italy
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We've been going to Carugio for over 25 years now, arguably a masochistic experience since the service is wantonly chaotic and, at least in the past, customers were likely to get yelled at. The menu is very limited and the dishes expensive, for an osteria. Still, the anchovies in oil and lemon are great, the caprino cheese with oil is... More

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Newcastle
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240 reviews 240 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We walked up along the main street, Via Capellini, which was unchanged since my last visit about 7 years ago, as was the lunch menu at Antica Osteria Del Carugio where I ate lunch on my last visit. On that occasion, it was packed with locals and run by an eccentric man who shouted at everyone, and his mother, who... More

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Igor at Hotel Genio gave me the hot tip to dine here for a real Ligurian meal and it didn't let me down! Family run with brisk but efficient and strangely enough warm and sincere service. The old nonna who opened the osteria and whose recipes they still use, shuffled in at one stage and gave a warm smile and... More

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Sunset Beach, Hawaii
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

We popped into this place for a quick bite. Locals looked like they were enjoying it. Short menu with nothing special. Loved the anchovies with oil and lemon and the spaghetti with pesto was basic but good. If you want a quick, local inexpensive place, this fits the bill.

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Melbourne, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

For something different try this great little family run osteria. You not only get wonderful local cousine from a small menu that comes in three languages, but some entertainment as well from the slightly crazy host to ad hoc operatic arias from diners. We recommend the octopus and anchovie dishes, finish it off with a chunk of Genovese fruit cake... More

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Zuienkerke, Belgium
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152 reviews 152 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We entered this little restaurant in the center of Portovenere by "accident" (with a tripadvisor sticker on the door...), in a very touristic site. It was unique and unforgettable, the warm welcome by Antonio and Betty was so touching. The food was local, correct, but this was not the only important thing. There was a familiar atmosphere, Antonio made himself... More

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