Our Sestri Levante, City of Bay of Fables and Andersen Award, It is rich in history and ancient legends popular tradition.
And here among the alleyways, among the nets of fishing boats and the banks of the Bay of Silence, Legend of the Octopus Mario It is always on everyone's lips. In all its different versions.
I wonder if even the youngest know it or do they have no idea what's fascinating history is hiding behind the banner of seafood restaurant Polpo Mario Sestri Levante.
An innkeeper named Rudy – very attached to his city and its folklore – He decides to open a unique restaurant of its kind, with a genuine seafood cuisine inspired by the culinary traditions sestrese, founding what is today a gastronomic point of reference in the Gulf of Tigullio and beyond.
It calls: "Polpo Mario". Why?
The legend It tells of a certain Gnussa, a fisherman who Sestri, returning from a fishing trip, He tells his friends at Osteria Capocotta of a particular meeting had that day: Gnussa says he found a very different polyp from other, with almost human, so beautiful and nice to get him to let him live among the rocks, renouncing to catch them.
In the inn friends are incredulous, especially when Gnussa says not only that he called the octopus "Mario", but even this I have He saluted with his tentacle: they do not believe their ears and can not say whether the wine they are drinking or blame only the fisherman's fantasies. They decide to send in the Gulf skilled harpooner, Cesare Ziona, because it captures the strange creature.
And the octopus is in fact disappeared from Caesar, who takes him home with him, but just when Mario now seems doomed and ready to be cooked, He escapes from the pot and to win the favor of both Caesar and his wife Nena.
The intelligent Octopus Mario is then polite and educated: He helps out at home, mop the floor, He is a waiter, polished shoes and spignatta. in conclusion, become one of the family and even a playmate for small Rudy, son of Caesar and Nena ... As well as founder of Polpo Mario.
From this legend they were taken a book sponsored by Polpo Mario restaurant is called "Mario! History tragic and adventurous real octopus Mario” it's a comics entitled "The True Story of Polpo Mario".