One of Italy’s smallest regions, Liguria and is often known as the ‘Italian Riviera’. It’s rocky coasts are a key feature and are characterised by same coves and beaches which interrupt it. Located in this region is the Genoa, Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre, which encompasses five glorious towns named Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
The capital Genoa is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; it is a versatile city that combines past with the present. All that is within the city tells a story of the Maritime Republic, It is the home of the most important Mediterranean port and home to Christopher Columbus. One of the main attractions in Genoa is the Aquarium, which is one of the most technologically-advanced marine life centres in all of Europe! Inside the Aquarium houses an entire marine world, in enormous and varied pools behind large windows.
A coastal region of north-western Italy, making it an iconic place for tourist to visit. The narrow strip is boarded by the sea, the Alps and the Apennines mountains. When you think of Ligurian food, you automatically think of the famous pesto (a sauce which is made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, pecorino and extra-virgin olive oil). Basil is everywhere along the Italian Riviera and Genova is considered to be the birthplace of pesto. Usually prepared in a marble mortal with a wooden pestle. Because pesto is a generic term for anything that is made by pounding, there are various other pesto’s, some traditional, some modern. View our range of pesto & pate and Liguria here.
Known for its olive groves that produce excellent extra virgin olive oils such as our Nettare Ampohora (Ceramic) Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The terraced hillsides yield olive oils more delicate than those of other regions Ligurian olive oils are made primarily from the Taggiasca olive, are more yellow in colour, and may have a salty character that make them particularly suitable for use with fish and shellfish.
Seafood dishes are obviously renowned in this region. Fish is dominate in dishes from soups to salad and main dishes. Pasta dishes like spaghetti allo scoglio which is a olive oil, tomato and white wine based sauce containing an assortment of local clams, mussels, and prawns. Seafood is also typically served as antipasti .
Now everyone has heard of Focaccia! This famous bread is now being made around the world and it delicious eaten on its own, dipped in sauce or with a spread. Traditionally it is meant to be eaten while it is hot from the oven and is usually flavoured with anything from just olive oil and salt to cheese and sausage.