Ok, so we went to the little seaside resort village of San Terenzo near La Spezia on the Gulf of Poets today. Hardly anything’s been written about San Terenzo. Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is celebrated there; he lived in Villa Magni overlooking the sea on San Terenzo’s main drag.
San Terenzo is an old, traditional resort village, with a seaside promenade and groups of families strolling with gelato or Sicilian ices.
After our stroll, we had a great lunch at Ristorante La Palmira on Via Trogu, 13. I like the narrow little street with the laundry hanging over you when you eat on the little tables outside. Atmosphere, Italian style.
Here’s our primo piatto (for 2):
If this doesn’t qualify as food porn I don’t know what does. (Martha says it looks gross, but it’s wet and messy and smells like fish, so I’m still going with the porn angle) It’s three colors of lasagnette with a shellfish sauce (frutti di mare). It was very, very good. The squid ink black lasagnette are pretty dramatic, eh? A 500 ml bottle of Colli di Luni Vermentino made the whole deal even better.
What’s nice about the location is that you can park outside of Lerici and walk to San Terenzo. It’s only a couple of kilometers along the sea.