Take away pesto, seafood and Colombus just what is Genoa’s other claim to fame? Focaccia of course. Stroll along down the Via San Lorenzo in the old part of town and you’ll find a street heaving with places selling ice cream and foccacia hot out of the oven. These places are a convenience for busy Genovese residents looking for a quick bite on the go.
We walked around the old centre in search of dinner that night. Just one of those ‘see whats around and we may unearth a hidden gem’ kind of expeditions. I was pleased to see the sign for Via San Lorenzo as research before the trip had rated this street highly for it’s quality of ‘Focacceria’s’ – small hole in the wall places to find fresh foccacia.
Pan Per Focaccia sits around halfway down the Via San Lorenzo with an outside seating area and a large display of various fresh breads and sandwiches. We noticed that they were just about to close so decision making took priority on what to have. The array of focaccia ranges from the plain original, cheese and also cheese and tomato. Many others are most likely available but as we came late they had sold out.
The staff speak a little english which is helpful as always – things got even better when the price for two large pieces of focaccia (one cheese,one plain) came to a combined €3 (£2.65). Was the low price due to it being the end of the day so everything is discounted? I’m not so sure but a top tip would be to chance it towards closing time.
We sat outside and ate our focaccia while watching people going about their evening business. Many passers-by seemed intrigued by what we were eating with some tourists trying to get into the now closed shop. Whenever I bake focaccia it’s always light, airy and a little on the thick side. This was rich, thin and crispy with a great flavour yet still with the airy texture. The plain focaccia is decent but my personal favourite has to be the cheese.
If you happen to be on the move in Genoa and also on a budget you could do a lot worse than Pan Per Focaccia. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to decent food at a good price point with a decent choice of breads to choose from. For me it was a personal delight to finally sample one of my favourite breads in its home city – it didn’t disappoint.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday 0700-2000
Nearest Metro: San Giorgio