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Don't let its unassuming exterior fool you — this hole in the wall is a hidden gem that you won't want to miss. Gran Ristoro is known for serving some of the best sandwiches in town. Everything is made using the freshest raw materials. Choose your filling, your favourite type of bread and enjoy a tasty lunch. While Gran Ristoro does offer a few seating options, this is primarily a takeaway service. As a result, the restaurant can get quite crowded during peak hours.
- Address: Via di Sottoripa 27, Genoa
- Phone: +39 010 247 3127
- Opening House: Mon–Sat 8:30am–7pm
Genoa and Liguria are famous for pesto, the delicious pasta sauce made from basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and parmesan. However, if you think you know pesto just because you buy it in a jar, think again! There is nothing quite like the taste of freshly made, vivid-green pesto served with the local pasta, such as the little twists of troffie or spaghetti-like trenette. Other specialities include farinata, a bread-like snack made from chickpeas, a must-try, and the local focaccia. The region's fish dishes, particularly salt cod-baccalà, are also highly recommended, as are mushroom dishes and stuffed meat dishes. If you're planning to eat out in Genoa, be sure to note that many restaurants close on Sunday and Saturday at lunchtime, so, plan accordingly.