from Portevenere, Italy in what’s known as Cinque
Terra, or the Five Villages, there is a tiny triangle
shaped island called Palmaria.
on to the private motor launch of restaurant Locando Lorena,
we were whisked across the harbor with breathtaking views
all around us of this ancient Mediterranean village and
at the dock on Palmaria Island, Giuseppe was there to
greet us with a warm wave and hardy handshake, welcoming
us to his restaurant and bed and breakfast there.
you can imagine why it is that so many famous people,
including music and movie stars, athletes and even royalty
visit Locando Loreno- because as soon as you step off
of the boat on to the dock and enter this open-air restaurant
environment, your view is the entire bay behind you with
Portevenere across the harbor!
went to work instantly upon our arrival, preparing a fresh
seafood grill experience that was beyond description!
The open grill area is fired by fresh hard wood from the
area that is actually placed behind the grill, with the
heat radiating outwards and creating an extremely balanced
cooking process that doesn’t burn or char the food.
course before we had a chance to enjoy the seafood grill,
Giuseppe and his minions of chefs and assistants created
an anti-pasta extravaganza that seem to go on for days!
We had everything from Fish Dumplings to Mussels Marinara,
Calamari and Marinated Salmon…and all of this even
before a huge pasta dish was served!
Pasta included both Pesto and Garlic/Olive Oil with fresh
seafood, which was the perfect dish to lead us directly
to the seafood grill! Imagine as the sun in setting over
the harbor and Palmaria Island, the beautiful crescent
moon is rising above the glistening waters of Cinque Terra
and being served a seafood grill that includes Lobster,
Fresh White Fish, Clams, Shrimp and a whole lot of love!
Giuseppe, Grazie mile!
– to reserve a place at Locando Loreno bed and breakfast
requires at least six weeks advance notice and to get
a seat at the restaurant at least three weeks (unless
of course you’re Mick Jaeger, or Rod Stewart).