Where to eat in Lunigiana

Eat like an Italian

Generally restaurants serve lunch from 12 to 2 pm and open in the evening from 7.30 pm. Sunday lunch is when families eat out and restaurants are usually bustling and booking is required.  Children will always be welcomed and catered for in Italian restaurants.



Amici Miei
Pizzeria and restaurant open in the evenings serving excellent pizza from a wood fired oven.
Via Nazionale 100, Tel 340 4045240 
Closed on Tuesday – Open evenings only

Break Time
A reasonably priced self-service style restaurant with a selection of pasta and meat courses.
Via Ghandi, 9,  Tel 380 4296411
Closed on Sundays. Open lunch. Dinner Thu – Sat only.

Da Pasquino
Situated in the centre of Aulla this classic Lunigiana restaurant specialises in grilled meats,  panigacci and local cheeses.
Piazza Mazzini 22, Tel 0187 420509
Closed on Mondays.  Open lunch and dinner

La Teresina
Excellent fish restaurant that works on a set menu with a selection of starters, 2 pasta courses, a main course, desert, wine and water for 25 euro
Via Turati 161, Pallerone, Tel 0187 418172
Open Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday lunch

Per Bacco
Elegant restaurant specialising in fish and traditional Lunigiana meats with home-made pasta and deserts. Interesting dishes based on local specialities with a contemporary twist. Wine bar.
Piazza Cavour 9,   Tel 0187 420637
Open every day – Booking required on Sundays.


La Lina
Traditional local restaurant with atmosphere situated in an elegant antique palazzo in the centre of town.
 Piazza  Marconi  1,  Tel 0187 429069
Closed on Thursday

I Fondi
Serves typical Lunigiana dishes with excellent antipasti and home-made pasta dishes.  Situated under the porticos in the old rooms overlooking the river in the centre of town.
Via  della Repubblica 26 , Tel 0186 429086
Closed on Monday evenings in winter

Casola in Lunigiana

Spino Fiorito
Typical Tuscan cuisine in this Agriturismo with covered al freso dining – antipasti with salami from Siena, home-made pasta and soups – home grown vegetables.
Via per Vedriano ,11, near Reusa. Tel 0585 949167
Closed  Monday - booking required for dinner during winter.


Galletti restaurant boasts 50 years of life and offers traditional Lunigiana cuisine. Specialties includes the antipasti and tasty meat courses.  Local wine.
Via Provinciale, Crespiano, Tel 0187 484257
Closed on Wednesday – Open lunch and dinner

Casa Turchetti
This restaurant in a lovely setting in the village of Cattognano overlooking the valley offers local cuisine in a traditional style.  Even the flour (local chestnut) is made on site.

Village of Cattognano
No closing day – Open lunch and dinner


Ristorante Pizzeria Antica Pieve
Bustling pizzeria and restaurant.
Via Ponte Nazionale 55, Tel 0187 457207
No closing day open lunch and dinner


Da Remo
Bustling restaurant serving  excellent dishes for over the last hundred years. Traditional Italian cuisine.
Via C. Battisti 97, Monzone, Tel 0585 97933
Closed on Monday

Il Giardinetto
In an antique palazzo in the heart of Fivizzano Il Giardinetto has a rich menu of traditional Tuscan dishes offers specialities including Ravioli with spinach and mushrooms, polenta incatenata and wild boar.  Very atmospheric.
Via Roma 155, Tel 0585 92060
Closed on Monday - Open lunch and evening during the spring and summer months

La Posta
Set in the spa town of Equi Terme this resturants offer tradition and local dishes including cheese lasagne.
Via Provinciale 15,  Equi Terme, Tel 0585 97937
Closed on  Tuesday – Open lunch and dinner

La Spezia

Dai Pescatori
Run by the fishermen’s wives who cook the catch of the day.  Run as a self-service with dining on long tables with benches under a canopy. Excellent pasta dishes and traditional Ligurian fish.
Banchina Revel, Viale Italia, Tel 0187 770893
Check opening times

Da Bayon  (La Spezia)
A small but high class restaurant in an intimate and elegant environment.  Excellent antipasto and fish, suggest booking in advance.
Via Felice Cavalotti 23, Tel 0187 732 209
Closed on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday evenings


Bontà Nascoste
A high level romantic restaurant nestled in the old part of Lerici.  High quality fresh fish.  Small so booking suggested.
Via Cavour 55, Tel 0187 965500 www.bontanascoste.it
Check opening times

Da Jeri
Superbly situated with terraces overlooking the gulf.  Set menu of 7 antipasti, pasta, grilled fish and dessert.  Book early for a table with a view.
Calata Giuseppe Mazzini 20, Tel 0187 967605 www.ristorantejeri.it
Closed on Mondays

Licciana Nardi

Da Beatrice
A popular pizzeria restaurants with pasta, meat and fish dishes.  Dining in the garden during the summer months. 
Via Filipp Guerrieri 57, Monti, Tel 0187 471518
Closed Wednesday – Open evenings only

Il Muretto
Very reasonable 3 course lunch of genuine Italian cuisine. Pizza at the weekend.
Piazza 20 Settembre 1, Tel 0187 475037
Open for lunch every day – Fri, Sat and Sun also dinner 

Locanda del Ponte
This restaurant is in the old convent on the village piazza of Pontebosio (between Monti and Licciana Nardi). Bread, pasta and desserts are made every day by the two chefs who specialise in local dishes including the Lunigiana truffles. 
Pontebosio Tel 0187 471699
No closing day – Booking preferable

Montagna Verde
Set in a restored monastry this restaurant is in a panoramic position with lovely views and open air dining in the warmer months. Delicious local cuisine with Lunigiana produce.
Torre di Apella, Tel 0187 421203 www.montagnaverde.it
No closing day – Booking recommended

Family run restaurant with a wide and varied menu. Delicious antipasti, grilled meats -  good service.
Via della Resistenza, Monti, Tel 0187 472106
Closed Wednesday. www.ristorantevenelia.blogspot.it


Ristorante Manhattan
Offer dining on a covered terrace in the summer months.  Speciality is charbonnade where a portable barbecue is brought to the table with a selection of meats, sauces and salads. 
Via della Repubblica 56, Arpiola, Tel 0187 439900
Check opening times

Ristorante Villa Brignole
Beautifully located and in a restored antique palazzo on the edge of the small village of Gavedo. Tasting menu with antipasti and typical local dishes.
Via Palazzo 14, Gavedo, Tel 0187 850190
Open on feast days and Fri, Sat and Sun – booking recommended

Specialises in porcini mushrooms and game.
Via Ponte Teglia 6, Tel 0187 439388
Closed on Mondays  - Open for lunch – for dinner please book.


A word on Panigacci.  This traditional and very local dish is eaten mainly in the area of Podenzana.  Round terracotta dishes are heated over the embers of a wood fire, once hot,  thick batter is spooned onto a dish and another hot dish laid on top with more batter until a high pile is made.  They then flip them and take out the thick crisp pancake which is served in baskets at the table with cream chesses and trays of parma ham and salamis.  A treat.

La Gavarina D’Oro
Perhaps the most famous of the panigacci restaurant where you can watch panigacci being made by the huge open fire.  
Via  del Gaggio 24,   Tel 0187 410021, www.lagavarinadoro.com
Closed on Wednesday – Open lunch and dinner – booking recommended on weekends


Cà del Moro
Set just out of the main town of Pontremoli this restaurant offers quality cuisine and an excellent wine selection. During the summer months there is outside dining.
Via Giovanni Bellotti 2, Tel 0187 830588, www.cadelmororesort.it
Closed Friday and Saturday. Sunday  only open at lunch.

Trattoria Bussè
Traditional restaurants in the centre of Pontremoli by the Cathedral.  Typical dishes of the area.
Piazza Duomo 31, Tel 0187 831 371
Mon – Thu only lunch – Sat & Sun only dinner – Closed Friday


Loggiato Gemmi
Situated in the heart of the old town of Sarzana in an elegant building this classic restaurant offers  traditional Italian cooking with atmosphere.
Via Buonaparte 11, Tel 0187 620165
Closed on Monday during autumn and winter.

La Scaletta
A traditional trattoria that has been offering Ligurian and Tuscan dishes for the best part of the last hundred years.  Family atmosphere with vine pergola terrace for eating out in the summer. Outskirts of the town of Sarzana.
Via Bradia 5, Tel 0187 620 585
Check opening times

I Capitelli
Situated in one of the main central Piazza of the historical centre of Sarzana, this restaurant I very cosy and welcoming. Piatti gustosi come l baccalà mantecato e gli spaghetti con la ricciola.
Piazza Matteotti 38, Tel 0187 691445
Closed on Monday – Open lunch and dinner

Marina di Carrara

Ristorante Geme
Restaurant of excellent standard set in a superb position with terrace overlooking the sea where you can taste delicious fresh fish sipping cool Prosecco.
Bagno Conte, Viale Vespucci 48, Tel 0585 855 335, 333 9775135, www.ristorantegeme.it
Check opening times

Restaurant/pizzeria in the centre of Marina di Carrara with outdoor dining in the summer. Notable for the Argentinian steaks and  wide choice of beers at reasonable prices. Live music at weekends.
Via Rinchiosa 25A, Tel 0585 780422,
Closed on Monday.  Dinner only.

Marina di Massa

Da Riccà
50 meters from the sea this elegant and classic restaurant serves fresh fish chosen at your table. Excellent service. Open air dining under shaded pergola. 
Via Lungomare di Ponente 20, Tel 0585 241070
Check opening times


Ristorante da Mauro
Excellent food with open air dining in the summer.  Swimming pool. Good Italian cuisine.
Via Roma 233, Barbarasco, Tel 0187 477464
Closed on

Villafranca in Lunigiana

Taverna Il Tempo Ritrovato
Set in the old village of Filetto this restaurant has an intimate and traditional atmosphere coupled with excellent food and pizza.
Borgo di Mezzo 15, Filetto, 0187 494366 or 337719010
Closed on Monday. Open only evenings.

Locanda Gavarini
Good quality traditional restaurant with dishes including ‘torta d’erbi’, ravioli and local roast lamb.  Good choice of wines.
Via Benedicenti, 50, Mocrone, Tel 0187 495504, wwwlocandagavarini.it
Closed Thursdays