We met old school friends whom we had not seen for two decades in Portofino for lunch. Walking around the harbor area we quickly concluded that O Magazin was the ideal choice as it was away from the crowds while affording an amazing view of the port, the yachts as well as the castle. What we were not prepared for was the best lunch of our trip to Italy (also the most costly!).
Some mention has been made about service that is not effective or friendly; we found the wait staff to be responsive, well organized and most accommodating. We had several different items including the crudo di pesce, pappardelle with two different basil based pesto sauces (one with and one without tomatoe) and seafood including gamberi di Santa Margherita and a grilled fish which I believe was branzino. The food is wonderful, fresh, extremely well prepared and supported by a super wine list.
We left feeling the overall experience, though costly, was extremely good value for money. The location, the service and the food were memorable and something that seldom comes together in one package. Particularly if it is a nice day, take the time to savour the moment as you enjoy what Portofino is all about. Hopefully you will have someone near and dear to you to share this with. My belief is that you will not regret it.
Per la gente @ rivista O, grazie per aver contribuito a rendere il nostro pomeriggio a Portofino memorabile.
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