Shoo Fly! Shoo Fly! Chuflay! Shoo! A Lovely Restaurant in Portofino, Italy


Chuflay Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Chuflay Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Shoo fly! Shoo fly! ChuFlay: A lovely restaurant in Portofino, Italy

Shoo fly!  Shoo fly!  ChuFlay! Fly, fly away… not once did I have to shoo a fly away from here!  Not here at the ChuFlay Bar and Restaurant in Portofino, Italy!  Here they had fine Italian waiters in snow white uniforms to do it for me, if, in fact, there was even a fly within 1000 meters of our front row seat at the stunningly perfect Portofino village.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

I was graciously asked to lunch to visit the Hotel Splendido’s sister property Splendido Mare and its fabulous restaurant the ChuFlay Bar, which got its funny name from shooing flies so many years ago.  My how times changed in this jet set region of Italy.

The setting is as stunning as the food is brilliant.  Perfectly prepared with nothing left out, including one’s imagination.  Before our first course was served, they brought out Prosecco, a sparkling white wine made from the Glera (“Prosecco”) grapes. In 1754, the word “Prosecco” appears for the first time in the book “Ill Roccolo Ditirambo”, written by Aureliano Acanti:

“And now I would like to wet my mouth with that Prosecco with its apple bouquet”,

Which is exactly what we did and how it tasted.

As soon as we took a seat on the terrace bordering the bustling Piazzetta, the first course arrived.  I ordered prosciutto with melon

Procuitto with melon, Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Prosciutto with melon, Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

and others had grilled vegetables in season served with extra virgin olive oil.

Procuitto with melon, Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Prosciutto with melon, Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Before we begin to partake of these amazing flavors, white coats were there to offer freshly ground pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and freshly sliced parmesan cheese.  These waiters are top of the line quality and are there at your every beckoned call.  The service is exceptional!

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Then we had flowing white wine from the region and again we clanked our glasses together to wish each other “Buon Salud”, (“good health”) and that each of us would return again to this tiny picturesque village in Italy.

Soon enough, other flavors begin to find their way to our taste buds with gnocchi made with pesto and tomato mixture, an unusual combination for the region and honestly, a wonderful one.

Procuitto with melon, Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Prosciutto with melon, Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Since it was lunch, I went light with a fresh grilled vegetable salad with goat cheese,

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

and others had the sea bass, which is the specialty of this region since it is caught fresh daily.

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Overall, for an extra special day, you will want to pick ChuFlay as the place to have a nice lunch or dinner in the village of Portofino.

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Chuflay Bar and Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Where:  Portofino, Italy

Directly across the harbor in the village of Portofino, underneath the Splendido Mare.

Tip: Gentle piano music fills the air each evening until midnight.

Costs:  12 E-40E, Splurge!

Come along with me to Chuflay Bar Restaurant, Portofino, Italy

Come along with me to Chuflay Bar Restaurant, Portofino, Italy


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Disclosure:  My meal at the Chuflay Bar and Restaurant was courtesy of Hotel Splendido, an Orient-Express Hotel.


Tip:  Do not go to Delfin Restaurant, as my service there was horrid and they charged a “sitting fee” of 14 euros for two people if you appear to be a tourist.   Although they have a good location, it is not as superb as the Chuflay and the Chuflay white coats will treat you with respect.  While I was at the Delfin, the waiter leaned over to remind me that the tip was not included in the bill (but the sitting fee of 14 euros was noted on the bill).  I am sure you can imagine what kind of tip he received.


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  1. Marcia October 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Despite its name, the Chuflay sounds like a great restaurant. Love Prosecco, could take a glass right now.

    Thanks for the tip about the Delfin, Cacinda, and thanks for linking up this week.

    • admin October 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      The Chuflay is stunningly amazing! You must visit there one day! I just now found your site, so hopefully I can link up again!

  2. santafetraveler October 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

    That food all looks so mouth-watering. Thanks for sharing your Portofino lunch.

    • admin October 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

      It was amazing and THE place to have lunch while in Portofino village!

  3. Cathy Sweeney October 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This restaurant looks like it would be great even if I had to shoo my own flies. Great food, lovely setting and first-class service = awesome.

    • admin October 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      It is amazing and worth every moment spent there!

  4. Linda ~ Journey Jottings October 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Classic food in a classic location – Delicious 🙂
    Restaurants are an experience, the total of which is not simply the food!

    • admin October 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Yes, so true Linda, and this journey through food and service is impeccable, as well as the view!

  5. Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque) October 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I’m too tired to “google” it right now, but is Portofino one of the Cinque Terra towns? The Chufly sounds and looks lovely. I just also read Cathy Sweeney’s Italian food post. I am now officially starving and I am somewhere where I don’t even have a cracker! Did the Delfin tell you about the “sitting fee” before you sat down? Offensive.

    • admin October 19, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Suzanne – No, Portofino is NOT one of the 5 towns (Cinque Terre), although they are close by and if you stayed in Portofino, you could easily do them as a day trip or more. Personally, I prefer the towns closer to Portofino than I do the Cinque Terre, towns like Santa Margherita, Comogli, Portofino, even Nervi. They appear to be cleaner, with better shopping and strolling.

      The food was outstanding at the Chuflay and it was such a wonderful experience.

      And NO, the Delfin did not tell me about the “Sitting fee”, which is so annoying when we sat there to have a lunch. My friend and I also did not notice it posted on the menu, although we might have missed it, and when we got the bill, we didn’t have the menu to confirm. It is just a tourist trap and there is nothing you can do but be mad that you even sat there. This particular restaurant was my idea, so I felt bad afterwards. I had eaten here before in a group setting and did not pick up the bill, so maybe either they didnt’ charge it (1 year earlier) or the person who paid the bill didn’t say anything about it.

  6. Muza-chan October 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful place 🙂

    • admin October 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      It certainly is beautiful! You should come for a visit!

  7. Mike October 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    First of all…amazing pictures, Cacinda! And WOW what a view from the bar! I love multi-course meals. The prosciutto with melon and sea bass definitely looked to be my favorites of the ones pictured. Very fun post to read 🙂

    • admin October 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Yes, the food was fabulous! Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Diane Grenon October 24, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I had lunch at the Chuflay a couple of years ago. It was fabulous. I
    dream of returning soon. Next time, I will sejourn at the Splendido Mare to enjoy more. One of the most beautiful places in Italy.

  9. Marcia October 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

    That pasta looks yummy.
    Thanks for linking up, Cacinda!

    • admin October 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      It was!

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