Places and restaurants recommended by Casale Amati

The area and its culinary specialities

It is great to cook together here in Casale Amati, have lunch in the garden, have a nice glass of wine seated around the table or maybe in front of our woodstove.

However, sometimes it is a pleasure to go out and find out what the area has to offer and to taste some local dishes, cooked with care in local restaurants that are rich with atmosphere.

Any suggestions?

We have personally tried out some restaurants close-by our Casale. What we have put together is a short but valuable list of restaurants which caught our attention for their atmosphere and flavours.

In the village of Nicola, for example, we recommend the restaurant da Fiorella just a few minutes by car from Casale Amati. It’s quite a tight and curvy road but you’ll be rewarded by the beautiful views along the way. Here you will find simple but top quality dishes, based on the local traditions and seasonality availability which can be combined with a bottle of wine from their well supplied wine cellar.

For meat based dining in our village, we at Casale recommend La Bisteccheria, a friendly atmosphere with a top quality choice of meats.

Fancy eating out in Liguria, roughly 30 minutes by car from out Casale, the pub named L’Orto di Ameste, near la Sierra di Lerici, offers a breath taking panorama of the Gulf of the Poets together with tasty dishes inspired by local Ligurian cuisine.

Moving on to San Terenzo, maybe after a lovely walk on the seafront which connects the small village to Lerici Castle, you will find La Creuza dei Mauri, an intimate restaurant located in an internal alleyway of San Terenzo where fish-based dishes are their speciality.

Still in the Gulf of the Poets but in the direction of Portovenere, on the island of Palmaria in front of the town, we recommend La Locanda Lorena. Take the water taxi from Portovenere’s small pier that is available for clients of the restaurant where the view is truly breath taking.

If the delicious lardo di Colonnata lard is what you are after you’ll need to go across to Tuscany, about 40 minutes away from Casale Amati. For us a place you cannot miss is Venanzio in Colonnata, located in a white Carrara marble paved square of the town centre. It is an interesting restaurant because of its ability to match the antique town traditions with original tastes.

During the summer and perfect after relaxing days spent at the seaside, Bagno Rina, in Ronchi di Massa, offers seafood based food, is a great place to go. Try happy hour after a pleasant day by the seaside in Bagno Palmo Mare in Ronchi di Marina di Massa. Sophisticated and near the well-known Capannina club in Forte dei Marmi, we recommend Bagno Piemonte which offers a very good food service.

If you love art, creativity, typical Versilia flavours and wine (here there’s a wide and fine selection) in Pietrasanta we recommend Enoteca Marcucci, which often organizes events and offers great food and a huge selection of great wines.
Whilst in Pietrasanta, being pizza lovers, and much more, Trattoria Pizzeria Betty, in the central Dome Square is a great place to eat.

In the hinterland of Camaiore, in Capezzano pianore, La Dogana is a well-known restaurant with wonderfully delicious dishes on offer. In Lucca La Buca di Sant’ Antonio is an historical and welcoming restaurant which has a welcoming open fireplace during the winter months, recommended for those who love typical lucchese cuisine and for those who love the warmth of a familiar place.

And in the evening, just 20 minutes by car away from Casale, one can find the charming and lively Sarzana, offering many pubs, restaurants and bars. We tried out La Compagnia dei Balenieri, a small and typical restaurant in the historical city centre of Sarzana, where excellent fish-based dishes are to be enjoyed. In the city centre of Sarzana, we recommend the Simon Boccanegra pub for those who are looking for an easy-going and enjoyable place to eat, famous for stuffed focaccia bread it also offers local dishes.

And if you happen to be in Sarzana on a Saturday morning and you love to cook, we recommend you a visit the Mercatino della Terra which is held between Martiri della Libertà Square and Gori street. Here you’ll find plenty of fresh food to challenge yourself in the making of delicious dishes once back at Casale Amati.

NOTE: in the above text the restaurants displayed are based on our personal taste and experience. We do recommend you contact them personally to confirm if they’re open, ask them for the service prices, to book reservations and to obtain more details about their menus.

Casale amati



Un prezioso angolo di eleganza.
Abbiamo alloggiato nel Casale per il ponte del 1 maggio, con altre due famiglie, prendendo 2 delle 3 strutture contigue che formano il Casale. Ogni struttura è definita da uno stile proprio e molto curato nei dettagli, lasciando inalterate le suggestioni di quando era la residenza estiva dei proprietari.
Federica, la proprietara, vi conquesterà immediatamente per la sua gentilezza e la passione che trasmette nel racconto sulle origini della struttura. Un perfetto rifugio se il desiderio è quello di vivere autenticamente e senza eccessi, la zona già di per se stessa è meravigliosa.
Grazie di tutto!!

Diego B. Roma, Italia (Marchesa&Macine)



Simply Perfect
A perfect place to stay in with your family and/or friends. From the outside the old olive-oil mill may not look like much but inside you realize that you have stepped into a castle. It is a grand old place with parts of the mill still showing it one of the two great kitchens. There are plenty of rooms to choose from, the upper rooms with AC and down below cool enough for a hot summer. The garden is very pretty, with gold-fish in the dam, plenty of room to relax. The house is situated in the foothills of the mountains, but not far from the sea. There is plenty to do in the area and I cannot enough stress that you need to see this place and realize you will want to come back. The hostess is very pleasant and helpful, a very nice encounter.

Elisabeth Nyköping, Svezia (Marchesa&Macine).



L’endroit où nous sentons chez nous.
Il Casale Amati est devenu notre lieu de référence en Italie que nous fréquentons beaucoup. Son emplacement entre mer et petite montagne, le bon goût de la restauration de cet ancien pressoir ,le calme, les ressources de la région font que nous nous sentons chez nous ! et si l’on ajoute la charmante hospitalité des propriétaires…..nous n’avons pas les mots pour continuer.

Fedrigo Orléans, France (Le Macine)



Une magnifique maison.
Nous avons passé un week end de 4 jours en famille dans cette superbe maison. Nous avons tous été bluffés de la beauté de cet endroit et de la place que nous avions. Les photos sont conformes à la réalisté, c’est tout aussi atypique, original ! Ortonovo est un petit village paisible ou le calme est au rendez-vous. Très agréable pour se reposer après une journée très occupée au 5 terres par exemple ! Proche de la mer en voiture, je conseille à tout le monde de découvrir cet endroit !

Girot Thonon Les Bains, Francia (La Marchesa) 



Very cool place- takes you back in time!
Great place, the grounds alone should make you want to stay here! Federica was a fabulous host! My kids didn’t want to leave. Easy access to Tuscan hill towns or the 5 Terre!



Just Excellent, historical and authentic.
We stayed in this wonderful old olive mill several days together with our family including 3 kids. So we had both flats on the 1st floor which are connected by a door. So it was just one big flat then with 2 bathrooms, two kitchens and 6 bedrooms in total. We used just 5 bedrooms. The whole house is nicely decorated with old furniture/antique furniture in good condition besides modern aspects, especially wifi, TV with obviously every available channel of the world, and for sure a well equipped kitchen including dishwasher. Everything was clean and the whole house and every room is very cosy. We didn’t use the very big garden behind the house due to the bad weather we had in November. But in summer it must just be wonderful to have a BBQ on the terrace. The service is also very good. The owner explained us everything regarding the old house and how the oil was produced. There are many historical parts of the old oil production system still visible. That makes this house and especially the flat “LA Macine” a very particular and authentic place. We got also many recommendations for what we can do and visit around. Thanks for the amazing stay and your support in our situation. Hope we come back one day.

Markus Amburgo, Germania (Marchesa&Macine)



Awesome, unique adventure!
Wonderful host, wonderful unique accommodations! The apartment had all the amenities we need plus some extra and it was so unique and charming. It was fun stepping back in history. We will always treasure our stay here. It was very nicely decorated and the beds were very comfortable. The grounds were also very nice. We highly recommend this rental!

Ruth M. London, Ontario (Le Macine) 



Unforgettable birthday party in La Marchesa!
We were quite a big party with 6 adults who came to celebrate my birthday in La Marchesa. Such a beautiful house with a lot of space! Large bedrooms, kitchen and not least the wonderful barbecue garden. The house has a working Wifi which for us was important. From Ortonovo it is easy and close to reach Cinque Terre, La Specia, Pisa and Via Reggio. One day we went out to Tuscany, eat lunch in the wonderful Vignamaggio (birthday house of Mona Lisa) and spend some hours in Florence. After intense excursions coming back to the quiet place and bird songs in La Marchesa, felt very luxurious. Highly recommended accommodation. We are coming back!

Suzana L.(La Marchesa)