Sà Pesta in Genova is the real deal. People who have traveled a lot in Italy know that the best food comes from small restaurants covered with white tiles.


When we arrived for lunch at half past twelve the place was packed with locals. In the backroom we heard very little English but mainly the rolling sound of Italian. This was a true Genovese lunch spot run by Genovese for the Genovese.


By the time we left at two o’clock, we were just about the last ones there. The food was great, the ambiance real and the experience was more than wonderful.


Sà Pesta, Genova

Via dei Giustiniani 16 R, Genoa, Italy


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  1. Beauty Follower

    July 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Mmmmm that marvellous pesto sauce!!!!

  2. ~ Carmen ~

    July 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This is wonderful. I’d love to see more features like this. :]

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  3. taimemode

    July 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    So TRADITIONAL, love places exactly like this one, where food is excellent :)


  4. Liz

    July 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    that food looks heavenly


  5. El Presidente

    July 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Time for a Sartorialist companion site dedicated to cool bars and restaurants?

  6. Sophia

    July 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I love when I’m someplace where I don’t speak the language; people’s voices turn into a sort of vocal instrumental, like background music.
    Plaid Is My Favourite Colour

  7. Blog Alto Estilo

    July 1, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Uau que delicia … Adoro muito ..


  8. Shelby

    July 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Wild! This place looks almost identical to Casamento’s, the best oyster joint in New Orleans.


  9. Stephanie

    July 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    This looks terrific…but the best food in Italy is found a casa. :)

  10. robert - innatestyle

    July 2, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Scott, exactly, the same rule applies with good Mexican food, more and more difficult to find, and wonderful Middle Eastern food. There is a place with nothing but Argentine empanadas in Los Angeles. However Scott be fair! What are the food items in that first photograph? Help! Thank you.

    • jo

      July 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      In the photo I can see… the large yellow thing looks like farinata (made from fermented ground chick peas and a lot of olive oil – much more delicious than it sounds!) and it also looks like some creamy risotto at the top – not sure about whats on the left or right though!

    • thewayweraw

      July 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      it looks like a piece of cecina, same idea like focaccia but made with chickpea flour :)

  11. Reduceri carti

    July 2, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Wow! The pesto is amazing!

  12. Mónica Sors

    July 2, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Nice place to enjoy ;)




  13. Carine

    July 2, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Love this kind of cozy-looking places, where you get to experience the traditional flavours of a country! I’ll keep it in mind for my next trip to Italy!

  14. Juanita

    July 2, 2015 at 4:55 am

    It looks fabulous but …….. who lowered the tone with a Coca Cola??! x

  15. shreyas

    July 2, 2015 at 5:30 am

    reminds me of santa maria, a pizzeria near precotto stn. in milan..

  16. Beate

    July 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

    This place looks perfect. If you don’t know it already you should look out for the Osteria Guide from’Slow Food’. It exists in italien and german language, not sure about an english version. It is huge and lists that kind of osterias all over Italy even in the smallest villages.

  17. Lis

    July 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

    That pesto dish looks SO beautiful and delicious. 80 year old gorgeous grand tile walls/ floors, framed lithographs and the mirror, to guide the waiters. Casual and elegant… One can ONLY imagine what this looks like in Winter time, with a sea of coats lined up aganinst the walls…. A bespoke Italian closet & gourmet cuisine. Yummy….. @—->—– =)

  18. YV

    July 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

    How interesting- hope to visit some day!

  19. dario fattore

    July 2, 2015 at 8:43 am

    che bontà, finalmente un po di cibo

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  20. jo

    July 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I ate here a couple of years back, the food was simple but really good. Nice to see my favourite Italian city on the Sartorialist!

    Ho cenato qui un paio di anni fa, la cucina e’ stata molto semplice ma stupenda. Bello vedere Genova, la mia citta’ Italiana preferita, qui sul Sartorialist! :)

  21. CBC

    July 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    stopped in Genova… luv pesto….no two pesto r alike…the one over wide pasta look delicious
    Italia national color fresh pesto green

  22. Jeremy

    July 3, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I want that pesto pasta now!

  23. miss memelovsky

    July 3, 2015 at 7:05 am

    fainá or farinata= the best thing that ever happened to chickpeas besides hummus.

  24. lifestyletalks.wordpress.com

    July 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    If there are locals eating… you know you’re at the right place

  25. toko kaos distro

    July 4, 2015 at 3:47 am

    thanks for informations

  26. paola

    July 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks from Genova.
    An old style genovese tavern!!! where the owners never want to change. Typical of authentic Genova people ….. but our pesto is wonderful with its particular taste!!

  27. la_faffolina

    July 9, 2015 at 1:52 am

    My favorite place for lunch during the university time in Genoa.
    The best pesto, anchovies, and “farinata” (a flat bread made with chickpea flour and water).
    Wonderful atmosphere, this place is’ the heart of Genoa!

  28. MisNic

    July 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Genoa is great city and the surrounding towns are also great choices for a holiday destination, great food ,great shops, architecture and great views whether it’s of the sea or mountains. Love the region

  29. Carine P.

    July 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Lovely place! I love italian food, the best in the world.

  30. Ellie

    July 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I went there several years ago for dinner. We were the only non Italians there and their Focaccia is fantastic (who knew real focaccia is so thin). I have been looking for the name of this restaurant for months (as I forgot the name and location) and I see it here.

  31. Ellie

    July 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I went here several years ago and it’s just as you say. Have been looking for the name (which I forgot) forever, and now I saw it on your site.

  32. Dessous Brands

    July 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Great tips for travelers who really love the real Italia experience!

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