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Via Capellini 66, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
0187 790617
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Typical ligurian trattoria

Looks like a typical trattoria and also dishes are from tradition (originally dishes of simple and inexpensive ingredients, now some of them have become gourmet food). Ask for the vegetable soup (Mesciuà or something similar) which is a lentil and beans soup. House wine is acceptable and cheap... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
4is
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looks like a typical trattoria and also dishes are from tradition (originally dishes of simple and inexpensive ingredients, now some of them have become gourmet food). Ask for the vegetable soup (Mesciuà or something similar) which is a lentil and beans soup. House wine is acceptable and cheap. Service is friendly

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Thank 4is
Greenville, South Carolina
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419 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I slipped in to the Osteria on my first evening in Portovenere. I'd not had a proper lunch and it was really too early for dinner, but the sign outside states that they open around 5 pm, so I decided to try it. The waiter, after being a bit surprised by my early request for food, seemed happy to serve... More 

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Thank DottoreGianni
Newcastle upon Tyne
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a funny little place, where the menu is more similar to a Spanish tapas menu than a typical Italian restaurant (with primo, secondi etc) in that the menu is somewhat restricted and there is no indication of portion size. But it's such a friendly place, you just keep ordering 'til you're full. We had stuffed mussels, the testaroli,... More 

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Thank Rick L
Worcester, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Menu caught us out a bit because it wasn't divided into the usual sections. Stuffed mussels were excellent and had a huge plate of octopus salad (bit light on the salad but that's Italy and have you seen the price of the vegetables in their local shops). Pasta as usual excellent. Lots of locals in there and expect to share... More 

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Switzerland
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257 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Il Carugio was very small and very local. We managed to get a lunch table, and order from the very short menu. The stuffed mussels were delicious, the local pasta with pesto sooo local, and the anchovies pleasing. Service was attentive.

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Heule, Belgium
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

this may be the most local and authentic family restaurant in Portovenere. the menu is not large, you can only choose from 5 things. We ate the local specialty with pesto sauce but this was no meal. Dissapointing...

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Came across the restaurant by chancewhen we were looking for somewhere authentic for lunch. A really good find. Wooden panelling and lovely family photograph's and memorabilia on the walls. Still run very much by family members who are great characters. Limited menu but very good value.The stuffed mussels and the bean soup were fine. Local half litre of white wine... More 

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Thank Graham T
Albany, New York
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Thank VTizhome
Oregon
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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Thank Ray B
Canberra, Australia
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Capellini 66, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Porto Venere
  • Phone Number: 0187 790617

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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