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DESTINATIONS italy genova Dining Voltalacarta


Voltalacarta is a delightful little restaurant that captures the essence of Ligurian cuisine through its perfectly executed traditional dishes, which reflect the magnificent regional food culture and respect the seasonality of ingredients. The fish dishes at Voltalacarta are simply outstanding and are structured like true works of art on the plate. The restaurant's décor is simple yet refined. And the undisputed king of the menu is, undoubtedly, the cappon magro. This iconic Ligurian dish is a feast for the senses, with layers of fresh seafood, vegetables, and herbs arranged in a stunning tower — a true masterpiece that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.


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.