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Cinque Terre Finalists (does Il Pirata really serve frozen pasta?!!)

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Cinque Terre Finalists (does Il Pirata really serve frozen pasta?!!)

sarahbeths | Apr 19, 2010 06:10 PM

Hi Chowhounds,

First of all, yes I did search all posts on Cinque Terre. That's actually how I decided I wanted to have both breakfast AND dinner at Il Pirata in Vernazza (We're staying in Vernazza two nights).

Then as I was trying to get more info on Il Pirata (like if they close any nights) I stumbled upon many reviews (some in tripadvisor for instance) that said that dinner at Il Pirata was as horrible experience because they serve frozen pasta dishes. I am quite confused-- so many wonderful posts and then more than handful of outraged reports of this. I'm still wanting to try it, wanting not to believe this, but as I only have 2 nights in Vernazza, I don't want to mess up.

The other night in Vernazza I'm trying to decide between Gianni Franzi and Il Gambero Rosso. For some reason in my notes I gave G.Rosso top priority but now revisiting the reviews on trip advisor, I feel like swapping.

I'm especially into pesto, if that is a tie breaker.

Our third night I am quite decided will be at Miky (and correlates perfectly to us sleeping in Monterosso that night)

For lunches, I have La Laterna in Riomaggiore
Marina Picola in Manarolo
and Focaccia il Frontoio in Monterosso. (Though typical chowhound that I am, I've planned food before activities and I suppose that our hiking/activity schedule would impact lunch practicality.

Thank you in advance and I promise a lengthy report back on CT and Rome. (And the places I visit in France!)

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