The best restaurants in Forte dei Marmi
A journey through taste to discover the places not to be missed in the coolest resort of Versilia
Starred restaurants, places with traditional cuisine revisited with passion, but also well-known and prestigious beach establishments. An unprecedented and unmissable guide to the best restaurants in Forte dei Marmi for lunch or dinner by the sea in the much-loved Versilia resort.
You can discover the best seafront restaurants in Forte dei Marmi and beyond in the book A tavola vista mare, written by food and wine critics Davide Paolini and Gianni Mercatali, who trace the history and culinary tradition of this iconic place through its must-see addresses of taste.
Via Giosuè Carducci, 61
ph. +39 0584 874030 – +39 0584 89671
There are places that become legends. One of these is the Lorenzo starred restaurant in Forte dei Marmi. For almost 40 years it has been an institution for those who love good cuisine, with fish as the workhorse, but not only, because owner Lorenzo Viani does not compromise on one thing: everything must be fresh and the protagonist of the dish. For many years the kitchen has been headed by Chef Gioacchino Pontrelli, who transforms the raw material with care and passion, without betraying its nature and enhancing its taste. In the two wine lists, one dedicated to domestic and the other to foreign production, you can find more renowned names and more niche labels. Each bottle is then narrated with Lorenzo and his daughter Chiara's passion for the world of wine, and is the ideal complement and accompaniment to the refined proposals of the kitchen.
Viale Achille Franceschi, 29
ph. +39 0584 1786241
A corner of paradise on the most exclusive beach, the Maitò restaurant has been a wonderful meeting place for Forte lovers since the 1960s, and over the years it has maintained its characteristics as a typical Versilia restaurant. An elegant and relaxing atmosphere, where you can enjoy not only fish dishes but also appetising meat dishes, pizzas and focaccia baked in a wood-burning oven.
Via Arenile, 69
ph. +39 0584 1811042
Thanks to the Bocelli family, who have completely renovated it and transformed it into an elegant oasis for their customers, Bagno Alpemare is one of Versilia's culinary treasures. The restaurant is directed by chef Mirko Caldino, who favours the choice of colours that are carefully combined in the dishes. The cuisine is genuine, spontaneous, traditional, simple but not predictable, made up of refined details and rich in creativity. Accompanying this journey into the guests' taste buds is an expert sommelier able to advise on the ideal pairing of wines and food on offer.
ph. +39 0584 82878
For over 100 years, Bagno Silvio has been the ideal destination for those in search of tasty fish dishes made with refined, zero-kilometre ingredients. Always run by the Dazzi family who have handed it down from generation to generation, you cannot go to Silvio's without tasting its anchovy, crudo or the memorable imperial fried fish with a regular change of evo oil.
Viale Italico, 85 - Forte dei Marmi
ph. +39 0584 880397
The restaurant at Bagno Gilda, a stone's throw from the centre of Forte dei Marmi, is a charming place to enjoy a seafront lunch or dinner of the freshest fish. Managed for 40 years by Messrs Tabarani and Di Giovanni, it makes the friendly family management its winning formula. The cuisine offers international dishes, but always original, simple and light. The wine list includes a vast selection of local and national labels and champagnes of the best brands. Surrounded by the intense green of the Mediterranean maquis.
Via Arenile, 18
ph. +39 0584 784145
Inside the beach club of the Principe Forte dei Marmi, the Dalmazia restaurant will provide you with an authentic culinary experience made up of the most authentic flavours of Versilia. The large veranda opens up to an unparalleled view of the open sea. The fragrances and colours create the ideal setting for a pleasant lunch in a totally relaxing atmosphere. Leading the Dalmatia Restaurant is Chef Valentino Cassanelli. His cuisine offers traditional local dishes, "a new seafood trattoria" for an Italian taste full of local flavours and aromas.
Filippo Forte dei Marmi
Via Sant’Elme, 6
ph. +39 0584 81376
Filippo Di Bartola has brought the historic Pietrasanta restaurant to Forte dei Marmi together with Andrea, in the kitchen, and Lara, at the wood-burning oven, because pizzas have been an element of novelty in the kitchen from the start, in addition to the more traditional fish dishes. A young and sprightly dining room is the setting for a Forte dei Marmi-style trattoria freely interpreted by Filippo.
Via della Repubblica, 14
ph. +39 0584 89879
An open kitchen, elegant rooms with a vaguely colonial-inspired design and a cool summer dehors, accompanied by jazz music. Bistrot's culinary proposal is a continuous search that starts from the tradition of local aromas and flavours, where sea and mountains meet, reinterpreted in a contemporary key through the chef's creative gesture. Exclusive private dinners can also be booked in the cellar.
Osteria del mare
Viale Franceschi, 4
ph. +39 0584 83661
Close to the historic centre of Forte dei Marmi, next to a typical Versilia-style beach, we find the Osteria del Mare. An elegant restaurant offering seafood-flavoured cuisine. Don't miss the tagliolini with red prawns, shelled clams and courgette flowers or the lobster salad with grilled lobster, vegetable crudité, shellfish mayonnaise and orange sauce.
Via della Repubblica, 2a
ph. +39 0584 82931
The Fratellini's is a unique place that was born from the bet of two brothers. David and Marco Vaiani have, in fact, synergistically combined their passion for cooking, giving rise to a trendy and dynamic reality, and bringing to the table works of art capable of triggering multi-sensory experiences. A new way of looking at cuisine that gives the possibility to freely choose how, what and when to eat and drink. You absolutely must try the sushi, but also the raw food and the exquisite pasta dishes.
Viale Ammiraglio Morin, 67
ph. +39 0584 783636
Located on the terrace of the Hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi, in a beautiful landscape between the mountains and the sea, it offers a panoramic view of the city's pine trees and the Apuan Alps. It is the home of Chef Valentino Cassanelli. His dishes are a free expression of Italian cuisine, with an unbridled creativity, derived not only from his experiences, but also from the rich biodiversity of the Forte dei Marmi coastline.
Ristorante La Magnolia
Via Enrico Morin, 46
ph. +39 0584 787052
At the Hotel Byron, the La Magnolia restaurant offers an elegant atmosphere and in fine weather provides wonderful lunches and dinners by the pool. The à la carte menu captures the imagination with its simplicity and richness of flavour. New Chef Marco Bernardo is ready to impress with the authentic flavours of local produce. The proximity of the sea, the excellence of the territory and the high level of cuisine create a unique food and wine itinerary.
Viale Franceschi, 2
ph. +39 0584 1716337
Pesce Baracca is a place with three souls: not only a fishmonger and street food but also a restaurant a few steps from the beautiful beaches of Forte dei Marmi. The menu is dictated by the sea and offers simple, immediate, informal dining but also attentive to the tradition of classic cuisine. There are first courses prepared with fresh home-made pasta, the ever-present spaghetti allo scoglio prepared with the classic family recipe, handed down from generation to generation since the opening of the first restaurant in 1964. The restaurant's special feature is certainly the possibility of choosing fish and shellfish directly from the fishmonger's counter.
Bagno Santa Maria
Viale Italico, 9
ph. +39 0584 81177
A privileged beach with only 30 tents and 20 beach umbrellas, guaranteeing privacy and tranquillity for guests, and a restaurant offering simple but carefully prepared dishes for a sea-view lunch, a magical sunset aperitif or the most exclusive events.
Bagno Ristorante Marechiaro
Via Achille Franceschi, 19
ph. +39 0584 1661253
Bagno Marechiaro is a bathing establishment loved over time by the likes of Eugenio Montale and Thomas Mann and was also chosen as the set by the Vanzina brothers for Sapore di mare, a cult Italian holiday film starring Jerry Calà. The restaurant serves traditional dishes such as spaghetti with clams and boiled fish with mayonnaise, enriched daily with the freshest produce straight from the sea.
Via Arenile 1
ph. +39 0584 1848480
On the 'noble sands' of Forte dei Marmi, a good retiro that has always been loved by important businessmen and cultural figures is the historic Bagno Piero. At lunchtime, it is the ideal place to eat excellent seafood cuisine with specialities based on the catch of the day.
Pozzo Di Bugia
Via Federigi, 544 (Querceta)
ph. +39 0584 743696
At the foot of the Apuan Alps we also find Pozzo Di Bugia. A luxury trattoria with a truly unique atmosphere. Creator and owner Gaio Giannelli, globetrotter, pirate of taste, who searches in Versilia and the surrounding areas for bewitching cuisine. The interior ambience is intimate and original, and in summer opens out into a beautiful garden with olive trees for a magical atmosphere.
Gaio al mare - Bagno Carducci
Via Arenile, 40
ph. +39 0584 630761
Gaio Giannelli, owner of the Pozzo di Bugia in Querceta, also opened last year inside the Carducci establishment. A simple but tasty cuisine, typical of Forte dei Marmi. A menu that focuses on fish dishes with the catch of the day followed by Gianni Del Medico of the Carducci bathing establishment, but also some meat, pizza, focaccine fortemarmine, tordelli, risotto and bomboloni. A simple, seafaring style that focuses on breakfasts, lunches but also aperitifs at sunset.