"Portofino - an unexpected gem" Italy Favorite Tip by jessicadf

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by jessicadf

Favorite thing: We stopped at Portofino on a whim, not really knowing anything about it. Little did we know how much we would love the place. Sure, it's a tourist place. But it's charming and beautiful. It feels very much like a slightly more tropical Sausalito (a town in the county where I live).

While having cocktails along the water, waiting for a table at the restaurant, we made friends with a couple people that live there half the year. One was an Italian sailboat captain, and the other was a bathing suit designer that spends the other half of the year in Beverly Hills. They were wonderful, and after dinner, we drank, laughed and danced until 3am.

Oh -- and here was where I had my first Bellini (champagne with crushed peaches). Yum!

Also -- some of the best basil in the world is grown near here, so the pesto is highly, highly recommended.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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