Eating like a local in Rimini, specifically, enjoying seafood and fish in this area, is easier done than said, since the whole Riviera, from Bellaria to Cattolia, during the winter and summer alike, is full of restaurants in the hundreds providing delicious dishes. From the more simple seafood based dishes like Spaghetti allo scoglio (“reef spaghetti” with clams, mussels, shrimps and other shellfish) or clam chowder to the more complex and refined dishes requiring ingredients and a preparation process far more sophisticated and intriguing, we’ve selected 5 restaurants + 1 where you can eat like a local the delicious fish of the Adriatic Sea in Rimini and nearby.
Dallo Zio – Rimini
This restaurant, has been for decades a staple of the city’s cuisine. It recently has had a change in management but the quality and freshness of the ingredients and the philosophy behind their cuisine have not. It’s a must for the fresh fish and simple recipes following the tradition of Rimini.
Il pescato del Canevone – Rimini
Located in a medieval building, and in its cloistered garden during the summer months, the Canevone is an excellent seafood restaurant, and probably the best of its kind for such an accessible and convenient price list. Only the freshest of fishes in here, prepared according to traditional and more innovative recipes alike, but without getting too heavy or complicated to the palate.
Cavalluccio Marino – Riccione
Right on the canal harbor of Riccione, the Cavalluccio Marino takes pride in its interesting recipes, prepared with fresh fishes and seafood. Cold appetizers like salmon carpaccio, Catalan specialties but also less complex dishes like fried calamari are a must here.
Liuzzi – Cattolica
This is Raffaele Liuzzi’s restaurant. He’s a brilliant and extravagant half actor, half chef who renews the dishes served in his establishment at each visit you’ll make here. Innovative and experimental dishes that require the customers’ collaboration in a real show for Liuzzi’s unforgettable experience of local tastes.
Al Moccolo – Rivazzurra
A textbook fish and seafood restaurant of the Riviera. Spacious rooms with long, crowded tables, a crustacean’s aquarium, the pizza oven ready and waiters rushing around. Typical restaurant offering excellent fresh fish according to dozens of different recipes for appetizers, first and second courses.
If you’re looking for something inexpensive and on the go, but great in tastes and quality as well, we recommend:
C’è quel che c’è – Rimini
This typical trattoria provides also take-away service and it’s open for lunch, to taste the local dishes even if you’re short on time. The “C’è quel che c’è” restaurant is a warm, welcoming establishment, simple but enjoyable, convenient for those who are stopping in Rimini just for a short while. Menu varies according to the day’s catch, to ensure quality and freshness.