Trattoria Gianni Franzi – Vernazza

At Trattoria Gianni Franzi you’ll find typical Cuisine of the Cinque Terre:

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Trattoria Gianni - Spaghetti Vongole

For standard of food, service and price of meals, Trattoria Gianni gets our vote for the best trattoria/restaurant in Piazza Marconi. This trattoria enjoys a full house most evenings, leaving the other restaurants salivating over its success.

We also notice that when Trattoria Gianni closes on Wednesday night, the other trattorias and restaurants on the square get a few more diners.

Trattoria Gianni is on Piazza Marconi and they have an indoor restaurant and bar. In summer and autumn when the weather is fine, it’s the outdoor tables on the Piazza, facing the sea, that are popular with diners.

In its former life, it operated as “Trattoria Della Stella” until Gianni Viacava bought it over in the 1960’s. Gianni Franzi also runs a hotel and has other rooms to let in Vernazza, all of which are very popular with visitors.

Trattoria Gianni Specialties

Trattoria Gianni specializes in seafood. They say that the secret to their good food is sticking to typical Ligurian recipes which remain unaltered for decades. You won’t find any fancy adaptations of modern cuisine here.

Some of the signature dishes include stuffed anchovies, lemon anchovies, stuffed fish ravioli, Genovese soup, stockfish, stuffed mussels, the famous Tegame alla Vernazza and Trofie al Pesto. Grilled or baked fish are also the specialities of the restaurant. They recently expanded on their wine selection to cater for a wider range of tastes.

What We Ate

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Trattoria Gianni - Braised Octopus

Tony has the Trofie al Pesto which is much tastier than those he tasted elsewhere and I have my favourite Spaghetti Vongole.

My main dish is a braised octopus which smells so aromatic that even the cats are clamouring to have a bit of it, and yes it is really tasty. But, after the spaghetti, finishing this dish is a challenge. Tony tries his first Ligurian pizza and is happy that it is thin crusted the way he likes it.

Al fresco dining at Trattoria Gianni is certainly one of the enjoyable moments of our holiday Cinque Terre.

Piazza G. Marconi, 5
19018 Vernazza
Cinque Terre

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