Enjoyed your website! We just returned from a 2-week trip to the Ligurian coast. We rented a villa in Pieve Ligure, and took the train to Monterosso, where we got a room for the night at the Porto Roca.
The concierge was extremely helpful, and made dinner reservations for us at a restaurant in Groppo, above Manarola. The restaurant, Cappun Magru, was mentioned in an issue of Wine Spectator.
After we hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza, which was an amazing walk with beautiful views, we took the train to Manarola. The chef/owner’s wife came to the upper end of town, picked us up in her car, and took us to the restaurant, where we had one of the best meals of our lives. The chef is very talented and the wine list quite impressive–the owner’s wife served us and was very knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves great food and wine. It wasn’t cheap, but it was truly the finest meal we had during our stay, and we’d go back in a minute.