Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova
Piazza Brignole, 4
Phone: (39) 010 873316
Fax: (39) 010 8317326
This place has a sophisticated atmosphere and attracts an elite clientèle. Vincenzo, the cook, creates traditional, regional dishes with a touch of class, and Gabriele helps to create a relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant. This is a sophisticated place, perfect for a meal after the theater. Starters include ostrich from Brittany or snails from Bourgogne, and they also offer scampi. For the main course, there is a range of seafood, grilled vegetables and steak. To finish off, try the 'tarte tatin' or ice cream cake. There is a range of Italian and French wines that have been carefully selected.
This little place is well known and is always full of people. The main attraction are the sandwiches, especially the hot-dogs which are served in a classic way with pickles or more local additions such as green sauce or marinated anchovies. This is definitely the place to satisfy your appetite, and is popular with students from the nearby school as well as professionals who come here for the salted pork meat. Don't leave without a pocket calendar.
Osteria della Piazza is one of the few places, most of all in the city center, where you can still taste nearly an entire menu of homemade specialties (even the after-dinner liqueurs!), most likely thanks to the fact that the owners have a bakery next door. It’s no surprise then that your meal includes homemade bread and focaccia, hot from the oven, in many attractive variations. Besides the typical Ligurian plates, such as the renowned vegetable cake Tris, due to the Sicilian origins of the owners, you’ll find incursions from southern Italy, including the wonderful almond paste. Pizzas are prepared with exclusively natural leavening ingredients and cooked in an olivewood stove.
This is the ideal place for those who want something different than the usual sandwich at lunchtime. Brera Express is very central, consists of two spacious rooms as well as some outside seating, which is pleasant in summer, and offers wood oven pizza as well as a large self-service assortment of both regional dishes and international cuisine. The ingredients are all 100% fresh and you are allowed to mix them as you like in order to create your favorite pizza. Delivery to your home or office is available, which is a real advantage when you have very little time or you just don't want to go out. There is an excellent quality/price ratio.
This is a great place to spend an evening with friends after dinner, drinking cocktails and listening to live music. There is an adult crowd in this restaurant and a disco bar, which is also a favorite with football players from the two local teams. It is also in a distinctive location, exactly inside the Monumentale Bridge which overhangs Via XX Settembre and offers a great view of the Roman church of S. Stefano which is opposite.
Saint Cyr is a tastefully done charming Italian restaurant which could just as well be called the Corti family's home, considering they have been running the place since 1971. The family sure knows the pulse of its diners and regularly creates an array of mouth-watering Italian delicacies. Try the Fresh Vegetable Terrine, the Fresh Sturgeon with small vegetables or even the Boned quail with rennet apples. The warm and friendly service scores high as well. Saint Cyr has a private and sound proof dining room which is ideal for romantic dinners and business meetings. The family is very meticulous about the ingredients they use with a preference for the organic variety. All in all, a real good local cuisine experience.
This family-managed restaurant promises to create a great memory for those who try it, thanks to the wonderful smells that hit you upon entry, and to the excellent price/quality ratio. The cuisine is that of region tradition and is all homemade, from the pasta to the focaccia, which is included in the cover charge; the menu strictly follows the changing seasons; for instance, from September to November there is never a lack of mushrooms. The desserts are all homemade as well: do not to miss out on the bavarese with melted hot chocolate on top, as well as the mint-flavored version in the summer. The ambiance is plain but cozy and the staff so helpful that you feel at home. Roma Restaurant is featured in the Michelin Guide.
Crippa is almost an institution in Genoa as a bar, café, and ice-cream and pastry shop, but year by year the customer base become less and less young, by consequence the owner decided to renovate a bit, in order to make the place more suitable for youth. So the new Crippa began its transformation with the addition of karaoke, in the lower room, followed by various sorts of live music performances. A successful event which is periodically scheduled is called Palco Aperto (Open Stage): after the scheduled band plays, the stage remains at the disposal of whoever wants to take a stab at karaoke, accompanied by real musical instruments. Entrance is free and a combination of pizza and drink costs only EUR10.
This is a historical place – a neighborhood pub located in a very busy square – and has always been very attractive, even for people who do not live in the neighborhood, or simply late-nighters. In fact, here you can have not only a break with cold plates but also a plate of pasta or a second course for a meal, at any time; the list of beers is very extensive and prices are relatively cheap. Customers are more or less always the same; over the years, this place has become the ideal meeting spot for the young and the casual. The seats are distributed among three levels, with red brick vaulted ceilings and wooden tables that help in making the atmosphere very warm and welcoming.
This historic jazz club is located in a place with a vaguely French atmosphere. The entrance is on the street, but once inside, visitors descend into a small room with a sophisticated atmosphere where the audience sits very near the musicians, although there are columns that obscure the view. The program hosts little known, yet important, foreign guests. Steve Lacy, Max Roach and Calvin Johns have all played here. Local musicians also play here.
This bakery can be found amongst the many all night bars on the street of the fruit and vegetable market. It offers delicacies all night long, and passers-by will find it difficult to resist the smell of hot focaccia or freshly made croissants. Don't be put off by the long queue, you will be served quickly and courteously, and this is a great place to come for a late night snack before going home to bed.
There are Italian restaurants and there's Trattoria da Maria. Its an institution for locals here who swear by Maria's delicious home-cooked Italian food. The eatery maybe cramped and unpretentious but is cheap and convenient. The rustic decor only adds to the charm and so does the friendly service. Maria Mante painstakingly whips up her specialties and even improvises on them to suit your preferences. The big hit here is the fixed low-price menu which is patronized by students and tourists alike. There are also some well-flavored soups and pastas served with a range of sauces. Maria's hospitality also spills over to her collection of wines. When in Genoa, it is a sin to miss this place.