The restaurant Cappun Magru is based in the little hamlet of Groppo , just outside the small town of Volastra which in turn is perched high above the lovely Cinque Terre town of Manarola. We made a booking through our apartment owner who phoned through for us.
From Manarola you can catch the local bus outside the hiking shop just above the Post Office, the cost is 2 Euros and quite worth it. Bus time tables are available in Manarola but the bus times are about every 20 to 30 minutes. Better check the current time table though!
The restaurant is well sign posted from the bus drop off point and you are sure to get a warm welcome, even if you are a bit early as we were.
The menu is quite large, however the classic choice is the 42 Euro set menu which was what my wife and I selected. We each chose a different selection from the set menu and so saw the diverse range of flavoursome dishes skilfully prepared in the open kitchen next to the seating area. Christina, the host and wife of the Chef, was very attentive and explained the dishes as they were presented.
The meals were great and we both agreed that the trip up the hill was worth it.
Fortunately Christina took us back down to Manarola with another couple, the bus service having ended well before the main course. Not sure if such service is extended to you on a really busy night which may mean a bit of a walk, albeit downhill.
The wine list was also large and I missed out on the option of having a different wine for each of the 4 courses. If you like to try the local products then I recommend you ask up front for that option.
Wonderful evening, not cheap, but then good quality never is!
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