Our nephew Patrick is a veteran hiker with both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails checked off. When he realized that we were staying next to an Italian National Park with mountainous sea-side trails he was up before dawn for a 6-hour / 7-mile hike from Camogli to Portofino. The first 40 minutes alone was a continuous flight of stairs to the Church of San Rocco - just a warm-up for what turned out to be a pretty strenuous up-and-down hike.
We caught up with Patrick in Portofino (a train and a bus for us wimps). We strolled away from the central port area to find a hidden sea-side restaurant, Strainer, on the outer edge of the port. We were the only patrons and got the full attention of the chef and his associate.
We started with "Prosciutto crudo di Parma" and "Caprese con mozzarella di bufala". We followed up with plates to share: "Petto di pollo al limone" and "Trofie al pesto" - Patrick's new favorite.
But the star of the show was "Tagliolini con tartufi bianchi e neri". The chef finished the dish table-side, tossing the pasta in a hollowed out ring of Grana Padano cheese and garnishing it with dozens of truffle shavings. A tasty truffle treat at a mere 48 euro.
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