A selection of trattorias and restaurants to sample the local Tuscan cuisine, in this spot between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

7 Sep 2020

Gruppo UNA

Seafood is king when it comes to the food round here: cacciucco fish soup, clams, razor clams and mullet are all local delicacies in Versilia. And yet any gastronomic tour to discover the authentic flavours in this part of Tuscany must also include dishes for which the ingredients come from the hinterland, as well as influences from nearby or foreign regions: scarpaccia, a traditional zucchini pie, tordelli with meat sauce, fried panzanella and matuffi, made with polenta and seasoned with sausage and mushrooms.
As you may clearly see, there’s something for every taste (and pocket)! So, if you’re planning a holiday in this part of Tuscany here is where to eat sublime, authentic dishes in Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema.

Da Maide, Viareggio - Via San Francesco 99. 

Razor clams, octopus, squid, scampi, salt cod, monkfish, and mussels... Fish takes up the lion’s share of the menu, but it’s not all that’s on offer: alongside Livorno-style mullet and cacciucco fish soup, there’s turf with the surf in dishes like wild boar or tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms. The wide and varied menu will satisfy all palates.

Da Maide, Viareggio


Nostromo Bar and Trattoria, Viareggio - Via Coppino 90.


A cozy little place near Viareggio’s port in the historic Darsena district, the dishes on the menu here, inspired by local gastronomic traditions, are tasty and abundant. Try the house specialty (famous Viareggio cacciucco “revisited”), and enjoy the selection of appetizers, Greek-style octopus, cod and the famous Nostromo “panful”. 
The Nostromo is also a great spot for an aperitif, with views out over the port at sunset. 

Nostromo Bar and Trattoria, Viareggio


Bagno Ristorante Marechiaro, Forte dei Marmi - Via Achille Franceschi, 19.


Here at Marechiaro, famous because cult movie “Sapore di Mare” was shot on this beach, Chef Tomei serves up simple, refined food squarely based on Versilia’s culinary traditions, making the most of local ingredients, not least the seafood that fishermen deliver fresh daily.
The chef says: “The menu at Bagno Marechiaro is dynamic and surprising. Dishes change every day, as we continuously make the most of local products”.

Bagno Ristorante Marechiaro, Forte dei Marmi


Pozzo di bugia, Seravezza - Via Federici 544.

Chianina beef, tordelli with sauce, shoulder of lamb with potatoes cooked in embers… the menu here pays homage to the typical dishes from further inland. Chef/restaurant owner Gaio Ginelli’s creativity and culinary skills ensure that diners enjoy a unique, authentic experience in his restaurant in Querceta. 

Pozzo di bugia, Seravezza


Filippo Mud, Pietrasanta - Via P. E. Barsanti 45.


If you’re looking for refined flavours and a starred-chef experience, you’re spoilt for choice in and around Versilia. Pietrasanta boasts chef Filippo, a Michelin-starred chef whose meals are sensory journeys to lands of excellent raw materials and seasonal ingredients. His flagship dishes include spaghetti alla chitarra with scallops and sea fennel, agnolotti with lamb, bay berries and almond, pulse and cereal risotto with hops, and pigeon with hay.

Filippo Mud, Pietrasanta


Where to stay in Versilia.

To sample Versilia’s beauties, Versilia Lido | UNA Esperienze is the one to go for: a fully-equipped complex with its own elegant wellness centre and spa, offering the finest food and distinctive, comfortable rooms and suites in one of Italy’s most stunning regions. If you’d rather stay closer to Forte dei Marmi, try UNAWAY Hotel Forte Dei Marmi, which boasts tennis courts and a swimming pool... just a short walk from the beach, ideal for family vacations.

Versilia Lido | UNA Experience

UNAWAY Hotel Forte Dei Marmi