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Allergic to Seafood in Genoa

Umbrios | | May 6, 2011 06:52 PM


I´m Mariana, this is my first post in Chowhounds, though I´ve been reading some of the boards for a while.

I´m planning my honeymoon which will be in July. Me and my fiancée Renato, we´re going to spend 28 days in Italy. I´m a bit of an obssessive planer, so I´ve collected info not only about where we´ll be going, but also of museums worth seeing, curiosities, and, and for that this board was incredible helpful, restaurants.

For most of our planning, reading old posts was well enough. Rome and Florence... there must be a hundred recomendations about them or more, even Palermo and Abruzzo were easy, but in the end, I ended with one big doubt: Genoa.

We´re going to spend two days in Genoa, and one place we´ll certainly go to is Gran Ristoro. I´ve planned the days of the trip with one gelato stop and one normal meal, as I do remember how big were the servings in Italy from my tennagehood trip there (I went to Veneza, Rome and Firenze then).

There are a lot of recomendations for Genoa, but I do have one problem that makes it all a little more difficult: I´m allergic to seafood.

All seafood. And not just a little bit allergic, depending on the kind of sea food, it´s spending some days at the hospital allergic. Ranging from having headaches and nausea if I eat shrimp to "ok, we have about 20 minutes to reach the hospital" if I bite into something that came near moluscs like oysters, mussels or calamari. Crabs, lobsters, cartilaginous fish, bony fish, all of them make me sick, sickier in that order with shrimp and moluscs in the two extremes (I have parents that didn´t believe in allergies. Fortunally, after the oyster incident, my daddy started believing me).

Almost all recomendations for Genoa centered in seafood. I do understand that this is what Ligurian cuisine is about, but...

The research I´ve made so far showed me that Ligurian cuisine has non-seafood dishes, like Troffiette al Pesto Genovese, Pansotti al Sugo di Noci, Farinatta and Torta Pascalina (which probably can´t be had in July, but the descriptions I read were yumy).

Can anyone recomend restaurants in Genoa that are good in non-seafood dishes? If they´re tradicional restaurants that have vegetarian, or meat, or chicken plates also besides the seafood, that´s great (my fiancee may get the seafood if he likes, he´ll only get no kisses until he brushes his teeth). Being near the Lantern, the Aquarium or the Old port are pluses also.

I´m also allergic to incense and aromatized cigarretes (not common cigarretes, those aromatized clove or mint ones), and that allergy is really life threatning (I´ve been through four anaphylactic shocks and one cardiac arrest because of that particular allergy), so if the restaurant uses incense as part of it´s decoration, it´s also off the list.

That may seem strange to mention, but for some weird reason, vegetarian restaurants love to burn incense here in Brasil where I live. I don´t know if that´s true for Italy also (in which case vegetarians restaurants may be dangerous to me), or if it´s just a brazilian weirdness.

Thank you very much,