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Osteria il Carugio

Via Capellini 66, Porto Venere, Italy
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Ranked #34 of 47 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
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Paris
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
182 helpful votes 182 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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Torino
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81 reviews 81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Family-run osteria with wooden tables, jovial host and tasty, home-made food! Excellent mussels and 'mes-ciua' (typical soup made of beans, corn and chickpeas) which I thoroughly and heartily recommend! They take no reservations so I advise you to go there as soon as they open and take a seat.

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Brooklyn, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

Our lunch of salted anchovies and octopus salad (quite tender) hit the spot, as did the cantuccini and vino dolce. We warned the host in advance that we were looking for a snack rather than a full meal, but he made us welcome. Service was a bit brusque but not unfriendly. It was a cool, dark place to sit and... More

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