Sora Maria, Civitavecchia, Italy

Sora Maria

Dave and I arrived in Civitavecchia just before 19h00 with the sun still shining. We chose not to catch a bus from the train station to the ferry port. Instead we walked to the town looking for a place to eat. As is our habit, we walked out of the tourist area and found Sora Maria. This trattoria was established in 1885 and serves the local Italian community. It overlooks Forte Michelangelo and if the gate to the steps was open we could have walked straight down to the ferry port after our dinner.

Sora Maria
Sora Maria
Our Meal

The waiter who greeted us at the door stowed our luggage away in the back office and seated us at a window table with a view over the harbour.

Franciacorta
Franciacorta

We chose a 375ml bottle of Franciacorta prosecco and started our meal with Insalata di Polpo. This generous portion of octopus was really delicious.

Insalata di Polpo
Insalata di Polpo

In keeping with eating local ingredients Dave had the Spaghetti vongole verau (€12) and I had the Gnocco ragù e crostacie (€12). The clams were slightly spiced with chilli and my gnocco was extremely soft and very tasty. Both our portions were huge.

Spaghetti vongole verau
Spaghetti vongole verau
Our impressions

When a restaurant has been open for so long and is frequented by locals, you cannot go wrong. The staff were helpful and friendly and both spoke a little bit of English. Dave’s Italian has improved enough over the years to get by but learning please and thank you will always help. My Italian is far better than his and I always appreciate it when I am spoken to in Italian as if I had been born there.

Gnocco ragù e crostacie
Gnocco ragù e crostacie

Contact them on +39 766 26397

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16 thoughts on “Sora Maria, Civitavecchia, Italy

  1. Oh dear ! I’m with you all the way ! Grazie milla !
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    1. il piacere è tutto mio 🙂

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  2. What a feast! Italians know how to eat good. I hope to visit this place one day

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    1. Let me know if you ever do so Marta 🙂

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  3. We do the same thing when we travel, the local food is always better. Your food looks delicious!
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    1. For sure, local is best 🙂

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  4. What a lovely place – the Insalata di Polpo looks delicious, definitely something I would have ordered as well 🙂
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    1. It was Dave’s choice which I was well pleased with 🙂

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  5. This place looks beautiful. And everything here looks so delicious, especially that Gnocco ragù e crostacie. I won’t mind huge servings if food looks that good! 🙂
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    1. I agree with you there Anu 🙂

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  6. Sounds like a lovely restaurant, Tandy. Lucky you to speak fluent Italian.

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    1. Not quite fluent, but getting there 🙂

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  7. What a lovely trip and I’m sure an utterly lovely walk into town. Envious!
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    1. Debra, we did not see much of the place, but maybe one day we will go back and explore some more 🙂

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  8. Sounds like it was a wonderful meal! I would love to learn more Italian 🙂
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    1. It was a great meal 🙂

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