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Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 5, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
+39 0187 821003
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointing meal. In a fishing village the least you would expect is half decent seafood but this place was lousy. "Seafood" spaghetti was just spaghetti plus mostly empty clam and mussel shells. Dish contained maybe 10 clam shells of which only 3 had any contents. Same for the mussels. The few mussels that I could find were minute. Definitely... More 

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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a tour with our cruise ship tour group and had free time in Vernazza when it started to rain. We had been there once before so after a quick walk about we decided to duck under and umbrella and have a quick bite to eat and glass of wine and rest our feet before continuing on the... More 

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Thank Monte D
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Eight of us from my group had lunch in this quaint wonderful restaurant! The staff was excellent! Everyone enjoyed their meal! Beautiful surroundings inside and out! I had the linguini with clams .... it was delicious! The restaurants around this one were not eager to make room for our group - but the staff at Gianni Franzi were welcoming!

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Thank Marialyce
Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We loved this local spot which was recommended by our Airbnb host, born and raised in Vernazza. Try the pesto - it's a staple of the area and Gianni's was some of the best we tasted! You'll love having dinner outside under the umbrellas overlooking the sea!

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Thank Sarie26
Whidbey Island, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

also a great location on the piazza. Fresh local seafood, wonderful pasta, and good wine. Our dinner was great...pesto is a specialty of this regiona nd we were not disappointed.

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Thank Judy V
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We went for a late lunch (after hiking) as most restaurants in Vernazza are closed between 3-7pm and this was a rare one that remained open. Unfortunately, the food was nearly inedible. My seafood salad was rubbery, the shrimp pasta my husband ordered had one shrimp, and the octopus I ordered wasn't fresh and smelled very fishy. None of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The food as described on a menu should be as accurate to what you are receiving. Spaghetti with seafood should have just that - expecially as we are 20 meters from the ocean and fishing boats daily bring in their catch. 6 Muscles & 6 pippies do NOT make or what I would call a spaghetti ai frutti di mare.... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We just ate at Gianni Franzi after a Rick Steve's good review. We ordered the octopus and the house white wine. The wine was boring and the octopus tasted canned and tasteless. We stopped there and left with a 32 euro bill and a bad taste in our mouth. What a disappointment. The pizzeria Baia Saracena down the street was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is right at waters edge. Charming, great food and romantic. We both are seafood and felt like the caught the seafood after we ordered it. So awesome. Affordable too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Make a booking to secure a harbourside view under the umbrellas and sample delicious traditional seafood at this Vernazza establishment. Excellent attentive helpful waiter, keen to make recommendations. Food did not disappoint. Clam soup shone with its hint of chilli in a rich tomato base and the regional specialty of potatoes, anchovies and tomato was tasty and wholesome. Would dine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 17 - US$ 27
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 5, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Cinque Terre  >  Vernazza
  • Phone Number: +39 0187 821003

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?