THE HISTORY OF OUR RESTAURANT
The Carugio “style” dates back hundreds of years and exists ever since the Middle Ages. It was a kind of cooperative: the owner allowed others, mainly farmers and fishermen, to bring in raw materials and sell them. It was a gathering place for the locals.
Local products and culinary tradition are what Osteria del Carugio is all about, but we also adapt, to meet current needs. What we do not want to do is neglect our typical traditional dishes or the beautiful fresh produce our soils provide us with.
If you are looking for tradition and authentic hospitality, our Carugio in Portovenere is where you want to be.
A WELCOMING PLACE WHERE YOU CAN DINE AND RELAX
Our vegetable garden
THE ROLE THE GARDEN PLAYS IN OUR KITCHEN
Thanks to the lovely fresh produce our vegetable garden yields, we provide a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. All are deeply rooted in Ligurian tradition: our Mescciüa, for instance, made with chickpeas, spelt, and cannellini beans, our vegetable soup, and our ever-present Ligurian-style stuffed vegetables. We have a seafront vegetable garden in Portovenere, so providing our customers with fresh, high-quality, local traditional products is very easy. Our bountiful olive grove offers yet more added value: we make our own extra-virgin olive oil and are extremely proud of it.
We started our garden some six years ago because we wanted to use homegrown products to make our traditional Ligurian dishes. Our Ligurian caponata, for instance, is a simple tomato caponata made with capers and dried tuna fish. Our garden-fresh capers and tomatoes enhance the flavor, allowing those who taste it to discover the true flavor of Portovenere, La Spezia, and their surroundings.