Restaurant: La Paranza
Location: Santa Margherita, Italy
Date: June 26, 2011
This restaurant was around the corner from the hotel, had a typical menu, and appeared very crowded at lunch. So we gave it a try for dinner.
A variety of breads. Some of these have cheese inside.
This was a very nice (and cheap) light local white. All local wines in Liguria fit the light, cheap, and white descriptors.
Salmone affumicato (smoked salmon). It’s always served with butter in Italy. Go figure.
Antipasto di mare. Mixed seafood appetizer. Smoked salmon on toast. A bit of marinated white anchovies. Some other kind of marinated local fish and a mixed marinated salad of squid, octopus, and shrimps.
Gnocchi Genovese. This is one of the 2-3 most typical pesto preparations. Pesto in Liguria (where it comes from) is fabulous, but a little different than in the states. It’s milder, but really emphasizes the basil and olive oil. These were nice fluffy gnocchi.
La Paranza was a good place. Traditional, reasonable, and tasty. But it’s a little staid and straight up, so there are better restaurants in town as you will see in upcoming posts.