Ciak has a great location with outdoor tables right on the Via Roma. Unfortunately, the night we were there the location was about the only thing it had going for it.
When we arrived there were a total of four diners at the 30 or so outside tables but since we didn’t have a reservation – which drew a dirty look and clearly made us second class citizens – we were led around in circles until we were finally seated at the table we had asked for when we walked in the door. The restaurant never did fill up.
Our dishes were mediocre at best. The anchovy sampler reminded us of the anchovies we dislike in the US rather that the delightful ones we’d enjoyed elsewhere in the Cinque Terre – they we bitter, salty and the stuffed ones were stuffed with what reminded us of store bought turkey stuffing – all mushy bread crumbs and unidentifiable bits. Not a very pleasant start. The mains were not much better. My wife’s fish was overcooked and my dish, the Cinque Terre signature pasta with pesto, was bland and unexciting and, if there were pine nuts there, I couldn’t find them.
Service was equally lackluster. Our waiter had more tables than he could handle had spent much of the evening delivering the wrong order.
There are much better options in Monterosso and throughout the Cinque Terre.
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