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Ristorante Pizzeria Il Timone
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Ranked #8 of 66 Restaurants in Porto Venere
Price range: USD 2 - USD 11
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Rudder opens its doors around 1960 when Portovenere had not yet reached the tourist interest today. The create and lead him to the end of the 80s and Marino Toni offering their customers the traditional Ligurian dishes joined the Italian dish: pizza. Today on the path created by the parents, Antonella continues the tradition in a room totally renovated but in the typical tone of Liguria. The rudder is the perfect destination to enjoy the flavor and atmosphere of Ligurian cuisine. Ideal for an aperitif from 18.00 Onwards with wine and Ligurian cuisine or for a dinner with many different tones. Great for organizing birthdays afternoon with a buffet, or traditional with the offer of delicious pizzas created by the high professionalism of Antonella already leading exponent of the pizza industry and is currently President of the Pizza Planet - Science and Culture Pizza. Interesting for groups up to a maximum of 50 people offer to drink menu with wines and Ligurian cuisine from 7 euro, and dinner from 15 EUR. The Wardrobe will offer an opportunity to give away or give a concrete memory of your passage to the rudder.
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We stumbled upon this place just waliking around and it turned up to have, Great food, pizza was great! Nice spot with a view of the water as well. Prices were fair and service was good as well. It was a nice spot to have a good little lunch

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Reviewed 16 April 2013

I have to say, this place really surprised us. Everyone was extremely friendly. We ordered some of the specials, and were not disappointed. Kids ordered kids pizza menus and loved them (pizza + soda for 10 euros). We ate fish and found it to be well cooked, tasty and cheap all in all. The atmosphere is more provencal than Italian, but it's still very pretty. I would definitely recommend it for anyone on a budget who likes to eat well. We didn't need to book but it might be better to if you're heading to Portovenere especially.

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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Read a lot of good reviews about this place but the restaurant simply did not live to the expectations. The food isn't bad but the service was bad. One of the guests ordered soup which arrived 30 minutes too late (after everyone else finished eating).

Would not recommend

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planetlaspezia, Proprietario at Ristorante Pizzeria Il Timone, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2013
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Mi dispiace che solo Voi non siate stati contenti del nostro ristorante domenica 16 aprile con tutti i complimenti ricevuti dai nostri numerosissimi clienti.
La vostra zuppa e' arrivata come seconda portata un po in ritardo dalle altre del tavolo per tempi tecnici di cottura,dopo che tutti avevate mangiato ottimi antipasti con vostri complimenti,la fretta a tavola non può accomodar si.comunque come risulta dal mio computer il vostro tavolo si è' occupato da voi alle 19,00 e si è' liberato alle 18,10 dopo aver consumato due portate a commensale.
Non mi sembra un motivo per dire tutto negativo su di Noi, il nostro impegno e' ripagato dai nostri clienti numerosi,in questo caso un'attesa anche annuncia al momento dell'ordinazione per la lunga cottura della zuppa non può essere causa del vostro brutto giudizio! Non approvo che isterismi dell'ultima ora annebbino l ottima considerazione del mio locale.

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Reviewed 10 April 2013

We were driving through La Spezia and on a whim decided to go to Porto Venere for lunch. We found this place on trip advisor and after reading some reviews decided to give it a chance. I cannot emphasize enough that THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO. We ate at many places on our trip and this stands out by far as the best restaurant. Here are the reasons why:
1. The Staff: It was literally pouring rain and they greeted us at the door to help us manage our umbrellas, and general wetness. As we dined, we saw them be polite and continually accommodating to an Italian family that literally switched tables 3 times on them. The hostess came over personally to chat with us and we promised her that we would write a review because we were so touched by their warm kindness and attention to detail.
2. Ambiance: The attention to detail is incredible. The soothing colors, the comfort of the layout in a small space, the ability to watch the chefs prepare food.
3. The Food: We ordered the menu of the day which included a peso dish (the best we had had) and steamed mussels. Followed by a delicious chocolate cream mouse. Again, the presentation and attention to detail was remarkable-- even the small spoon to eat the desert was cute and unique. Also-- be sure to order the Farinata. We did so because of other reviews and loved it!!! We had both original and the one with sausage.
4. We paid by credit card and couldn't believe our bill-- less than 30 a person for wine, 2 courses plus farinata and desert. Please note that service is NOT INCLUDED and we forgot to tip and decided to go back and give a tip because of how kind and hospitable they had been to us.
5. This is an ideal place for a lunch or dinner-- right on the water with a great view of the harbor. Don't eat anywhere else. You will be happy you came.

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Reviewed 20 October 2012

This is a local hangout,and one of the few places you can order Farinata, Chickpea Flatbread. It's DELICIOUS. First thing I did at home was buy a bag of chickpea flour, because we're making that. The fried white anchovies are a great finger food, as is the fried mixed seafood. The pizzas are great too. Local delicacies, local wines, are genuine Cinque Terre experience.

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