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“A classic Italian seaside dining experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Marco 1957

San Marco 1957
Via Pilade Queirolo, 27, 16039 Sestri Levante, Italy
+39 0185 41459
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Ranked #41 of 136 Restaurants in Sestri Levante
Price range: $18 - $122
Cuisines: Italian, Chowder
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A typical but elegant restaurant in traditional and original marine style, it is one of the oldest in town. It opened his doors to public in 1957 and it is still operating nowadays under the direction of Roberto Fama', its owner and master chef, who has been running it for the last 31 years. Its location, with a beautiful view on the Bay of Tales (from where every night you can see the fishermen's boat leaving) is in harmony with the quality foods it serves. It is open for lunch and dinner all year long (but Wednesday during winter time - it is closed every year from Jan.9 To Feb.9). The cuisine offers dishes of the Ligurian tradition (land and sea specialties) accompanied by excellent wines with a selections from over 283 listings (more than 500 labels) and desserts to satisfy all palates. It is one of the 41 restaurants in all the Ligurian Region that has been chosen by the Chamber of Commerce of Genova to adhere to the Project GENOVA GOURMET , the geographic collective mark (GCM) for Genoese restaurants conceived, registered and guaranteed by the Genoa Chamber of Commerce to increase the value and protect the excellence and traditional characteristics of the local cuisine, certifying "The real Genoa on your plate...". The Chamber of Commerce, together with the industry associations (Ascom Confcommercio - Fepag and Confesercenti - Fiepet), issues the Genova Gourmet mark to those restaurants that pledge to apply the rules which guarantee the origin and quality of the dishes served to customers that are prepared according to traditional Genoese recipes using certified local products. Ristorante San Marco can satisfy all budgets. It also serves pizzas (in the evening only) made with Buffalo Mozzarella as well as focaccia. The "patron" Robert Fama', competent and meticulous chef himself (he has been Officier de Maitre de la Table "Chaine de Rotisseur" for the last thirty years) invites you to walk in his restaurant and and enjoy his kitchen. Our full Menu is available on the webpage and offers a variety of menus to please all clients. Every day we offer the Business Menu' at Euro 15.00, Two different Tasting Menus at Euro 35.00, And Menu' Ardesia at Euro 45.00 . A large selection from the menu is also available every day. We accept reservations. It is open unti late evening (kitchen closes at 11pm). Live music. We can accommodate large banquets, weddings, family reaunions as well as business lunches and dinners. We speak English, French and Spanish.
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“A classic Italian seaside dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My family and I had the occasion to visit San Marco a couple times during our visit throughout the Tuscan region and this was by far one of our favorites. Dinnertime is especially not be missed as you'll receive both dining and entertainment! The most memorable items include the cold seafood appetizer, the octopus ink pasta and for dessert the crostata. However, they also have a wide selection of pizzas which I also had the chance of trying - so delicious!

If you're visiting the Cinque Terre this town and restaurant in particular is not to be missed!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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RobertoF661, Proprietario at San Marco 1957, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear Customer,
Thank you so much for your words.
I am glad that you enjoyed our foods, especially the blak ink linguine. it is not easy to find it around and we have actually been selected among many restaurants in Italy for it.
We hope to see you soon at our tables!

Sincerely,
Roberto Fama'
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“Good fish with extraordinary nice people!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We planned to come to this restaurant after reading the reviews on TA and it sure is a really nice restaurant to go. You can see the fresh fish coming in from the harbour with a beautiful view over Sestri Levante. The fish is very good and you can leave your choice up to the host. He is very helpful and passionate about what he serves for almost 40 years. Elisabeth who lived for 20 years in Atlanta and comes from Venice is very kind and gave us a 30 minute advice on what we really shouldn't miss seeing before we leave Ligure. Great place!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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RobertoF661, Proprietario at San Marco 1957, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Customer,
thank you for your words. I am glad you had the chance to taste not only our restaurant dishes but, as well, our pizzeria. Pizzas are topped with Buffalo mozzarella and this makes a big difference. We hope to have you back very soon!
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“gem in sestri levante”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had a very warm welcome at the entrance. Our table was ready. We chose to try the degustation menu. Everything was fresh made and very delicious. Ms Elisabeth sang for us.
Ambiance was excellent.If one day I go back to Sestri Levante ,I would like to eat there once more.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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RobertoF661, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at San Marco 1957, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Customer,

I remember you from your picture on Tripadvisor. You were eight women and we reserved you a long table in our outdoor veranda during the summer. Eight friends in Sestri for a get-together vacation. Some of you live in Dubai. I enjoed very much talking to you. A lot of vegetarians among the group and we had to supply extra food for them and replace some of the dishes of our Tasting menu. You had an amazing time and enjoyed Elisabetta's voice very much. We hope to have you back very soon!
thank-you!
Elisabetta
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“MagicalWeekend in sestri levante”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Walking all the way down along
Sestri Levante's lungomare, we found ourselves at San Marco's restaurant. The food was exceptional, the views magical and the ambience genuine - an unforgettable experience. A must dining spot for any visit to the Cinque Terre area.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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RobertoF661, Proprietario at San Marco 1957, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Customer,

thank you for your review. We enjoyed reading it: quick but great.
Sincerely,

Roberto
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“A can't miss experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

If you are in Italy, anywhere near the Cinque Terre or Portofino, you must visit this restaurant in Sestri Levante, a lovely seaside town on the Liguran coast. This restaurant is very proximate (walking distance) to the train station and downtown beach promenade and yet is a world away. The friendly staff, the outstanding service, and above all, the awesome food with an incredible view of the harbor is worth the trip! We were there on Easter Sunday brunch and the restaurant was full to overflowing. Nevertheless, we had friendly, personable service, deliciously-prepared food and drink, and a wonderful view and pleasant ambiance to enjoy. I give this restaurant two thumbs up and my highest recommendation.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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RobertoF661, Proprietario at San Marco 1957, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Mrs. Sonia
We loved to read your words. It makes us very proud of the work that we try to keep at the highest level. Easter Day was indeed an incredible busy day. Despite it, I read that your expense was great! Thank you, on my behalf and on the behalf of my entire staff. Hopefully, we will have you soon back in our region which is one of the most beautiful ones!
Come back and visit us as well as the Cinque Terre!!

Sincerely,
Roberto and Elisabetta
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