Genoa:   Our suggested gourmet tour for kindred souls of traditional authentic & trendy Focaccia & Fried Fish and more!

When you are passing through Genoa, one cannot miss the opportunity of a program for all the delicious discovery of food and wine in the capital of Liguria.

What do you need to start with?  It’s simple, you take a map of the historical center, a good dose of appetite and you’re done!You begin the day with the best possible Genovese breakfast served in the elegant and historic Genoa.   Service begins with its distinctive bergamot tea, accompanied by drops of rose oil, almonds and chocolate. Confetteria Pietro Romanengo (via dei Macelli di Soziglia 74 r, tel. 010.2474574, www.romanengo.it).If you are looking for something refreshing try Cremeria Buonafede (via Luccoli 21r,  phone 010.2474219)   for the typical coffee “semifreddo “. Semifreddo (pronounced [semiˈfredːo]Italianhalf cold) is a class of semi-frozen desserts, typically ice-cream cakes, semi-frozen custards, and certain fruit tarts. It has the texture of frozen mousse because it is usually produced by uniting two equal parts of ice cream and whipped cream. In Italian cuisine, the semifreddo is commonly made with gelato as a primary ingredient. 

  Now take a walk to the sea or continue on to the many shops to bring back the appetite for the forthcoming stages! For regional specialties you must try the renown “farinata” , a special Genovese porridge.  Antica Sciamadda (Via San Giorgio 14 r , phone  010.2468516 Then on to the nearby and ‘mythical’ Antica Trattoria Sa Pesta (Via Giustiniani 16 r , phone  010.2468336 , http://www.sapesta.it ). Where to find the best focaccia in town?  The Genoese themselves from 1920 go to delight their palate with its delicacy “fugassa (focaccia) at  Dell’Antico Forno Patrone  (Via Ravecca 72 / r , phone  010.25110933) You can go crazy with all the delicatessen and gourmet food small shops among medieval alleys, a veritable labyrinth of craft shops, butchers, fish and pasta. Perfect for Picnic lunches, for drives along the coast or sitting by the seaside or simply snacking as you shop. For the puritan and adventurous souls, do not miss Casa dello Stoccafisso (via Macelli di Soziglia 20 r, phone. 0102476390).   If you really love finding tradional authentic foods try ‘classico stoccafisso  ‘ (the dried cod ), and Antica Friggitoria Carega (via Sottoripa 113 r, phone  0102470617) there you will want to try the “pignuetti” , small fried fish on cooking coal.

Just when night falls the ritual of happy hour is celebrated try going to one of the 3 trendy and popular local spots definitely worth the visit!  E Café Cibo e Vino (via Ravecca 10-20 r, ph. 010.255159) Shakespeare’s Art Café (piazza di Sarzano 2r, tel. 010.2469506) Bar Berto (piazza delle Erbe 6 r, ph.. 010.2758157).

Now if you want to shop to take home some specialties you can go for a stroll through the food shops: Le Botteghe Alimentari “  in  via Macelli di Soziglia e San Pietro  “Banchi o alla Butteghetta Magica” (via della Maddalena 2 r, ph 010.2474225!

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