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Summer Recipes from Portovenere Liguria

Summer Recipes from Portovenere

Executive Chef Francesco Parravicini proposes two summer recipes for light, fresh and delicious dishes that are served at Palmaria Restaurant in Portovenere… enjoy!


Steamed tentacles with vegetables and organic lemon juice

Summer Recipes - Steamed tentacles with vegetables and organic lemon juice

Cut the octopus tentacles into pairs and place them in a vacuum seal storage bag (if you do not have this, you can boil the tentacles in water), add rosemary, poached garlic and pepper grains, and steam-cook the bag for 90 minutes.

After that, let it cool off slowly in its cooking water… this is a very important step, as the octopus will “relax” in its water and become soft and delicious!

Apart, parboil seasonal vegetables (such as asparagus, zucchini, carrots and Roman broccoli); then add them to the octopus, seasoning with extra virgin olive oil and organic lemon juice.


Red raw shrimp, citrus fruits, feta and fig balsamic vinegar

Summer recipe - Red raw shrimp, citrus fruits, feta and fig balsamic vinegar

Clean the shrimps, which must be rigorously fresh, by removing the shell. Then open them in half with a small knife, remove the intestine, and place them on a plate in the shape of circles.

Peel lime and orange, cut them into small cubes, and add them on the plate along with salt, small pieces of feta, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, fig balsamic vinegar and small mint leaves.

Buon appetito!


What are your favorite summer recipes? Do you have any questions for Chef Francesco? Share below!


Ristorante Palmaria is the restaurant at Grand Hotel Portovenere. Explore its cuisine, menus (including gluten-free options), and sublime panoramic terrace.


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2 thoughts to “Summer Recipes from Portovenere”

  1. Thank you for your email and keeping us in touch with your lovely hotel and what is happening in the Portovenere area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you, your very welcoming and efficient staff, our beautiful room, the restaurant and bar.

    We found the township, shops and history of Portovenere very appealing and charming. We were also pleased with the ease of being able to book a boat tour to the Chinque Terre from wharf in front of the hotel.

    Unfortunately I have not been well so we will not be travelling to Italy in 2016. We will certainly stay with you again when we return on our next holiday.

    1. Dearest Rosalind and Robert, thank you so much for your lovely comments! We are glad that Grand Hotel met your expectations and that you enjoyed receiving local news from Portovenere. We are sorry to read that you have not been well, we hope you are better now and will soon be traveling again in the Gulf of Poets and other amazing destinations around the world. Our best wishes from Liguria – Team at Grand Hotel Portovenere

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