Monterosso al Mare, Italy: Cinque Terre Resort Town

This is the most
resorty town of the group. With cars, larger hotels,
rentable umbrellas, and the best beach around. If you want the kind of beach
scene that leaps to mind when you hear the word
“Riviera,” you’ll find it here. Warm water,
colorful umbrellas, plenty of bodies soaking up
that Mediterranean sun, and an inviting promenade. Complimenting Monterosso’s
happy beach scene is Restaurant Miky. And my son, Andy, is joining us for the region’s most elegant
dining experience. While tourism has brought
a new affluence here, even high-end places
are still family run. The father, Miky,
runs the kitchen with an impressive mix
of artistry and precision. Meanwhile,
the mother and daughter help wait tables
and charm their guests. Miky’s pasta is cooked
with a unique twist, capped with pizza dough and finished
in a wood-fried oven. Sara is bringing us
the house specialties and making sure we know
what we’re eating. -It’s delicious.
-Buon appetito. When our pasta arrives
and the crust is broken, the steamy aroma heralds
a taste treat to come. [Laughs] And to cap a great meal, chef Miky drops by
as we’re enjoying our traditional
sciacchetrà and biscotti. Complimenti.
Tutti delicioso. From the beach resort half
of Monterosso, a tunnel leads under the castle
and into the old town. Here you’ll find more
restaurants, characteristic shops, and a world of colorful lanes. Sure, it’s touristy,
and virtually every storefront caters to visitors’ needs, but there’s a low-key ambience
where you’re reminded that we’re all
in this life together, so let’s enjoy the moment. It’s aperitivo time, and as everywhere in Italy
right about now, families are out,
kids and parents, children enlivening
main squares. One tradition that thrives
oblivious to all the tourism is that special time when
people are out, socializing, enjoying the cool
of the early evening.

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