The only logical explaination is that he was simply suggesting you to hurry up, because the pizza was getting cold and you wouldn't taste it in its best moment (when the mozzarella is still hot). Service in Italy is generally great, so what I would think is that he was doing me a favour.
Actually there's also the possibility that he was stressing you to ...
There are trains that go directly from Rapallo to Vernazza: a lot of regional trains from (Savona-)Genova to La Spezia.
For example, you can take the Regionale 11291 (Timetable http://www.e656.net/orario/treno/11291.html) that leaves Rapallo at 14:07 and reach Vernazza at 15:20.
Trenitalia tries to sell fast trains because you save about 15 min but you ...
In my opinion you should be seated when your food arrives, especially if you are alone at the table. But it seems strange that they will come looking for you in the toilet. How long where you in there?
I would not want my food to be served without me being there and most restaurants (> fast food category) I know, would wait with serving until I am back, and ...
Both Turin and Genova are two big cities able to provide you a lot of attractions, the choice of the best one really depends on what you are interested in and what kind of cities you prefer in general.
As a personal point of view I consider Turin far more elegant than Genova: nice streets with elegant buildings, the possibility to climb (by car or by a ...
From Genova (Piazza Principe or Brignole), take a regional train with the destination of La Spezia Centrale. There are direct trains to 3 of the 5 villages, so depending on your preference, buy a ticket to one of:
Vernazza (2nd from north)
But note that there are many more direct connections to ...
No it is not illegal.
Octopus are not subject to EU quotas and there is no minimum landing size. https://www.mcsuk.org/goodfishguide/search?name=Octopus,%20Lesser
It is not unusual in Italy to eat baby octopus.
Trenitalia says that to get from Rapallo to Vernazza, you have to change at Levanto
Primarily because most long distance trains stop at Monterosso and probably Riomaggiore and not necessarily at the other villages. Hence they are asking you to change and take one of the local trains(treno regionale) to Vernazza.
When I was taking the train from Vernazza ...
It heavily depends on the day of the week you are looking at, some trains passing by 5 Terre are suspended during weekends and holidays because, hey, it's the period they are most needed...welcome to Italy!
So, for example, the Regionale 11291 suggested by Enrico is not operating on Saturdays and Sundays.
On top of that take into account that in June the ...
I find it very weird. I would never expect restaurant's staff to talk to me in that situation, not in a McDonald nor in a Michelin 3-star restaurant ; except maybe if I stayed there more than 20 minutes, and they started to worry about whether I am alive.
It seems impolite to me and I have never encountered this situation in any restaurant, nor in Italy nor ...
Another reason could be for self-insurance/coverage. What if someone decided to steal a slice of pizza, or the entire pizza, as you're in there? Would you believe the waiters when they would tell you "your pizza was already served"? Just another possible option.
As far as I know, only one village can be reached from Genova on a regular basis, that is to say Monterosso. I suppose that the others may be connected to La Spezia through local trains, whereas Monterosso has a few InterCity trains (going from Genova to Pisa) which stop at its station.
The journey from Genova Brignole to Monterosso takes a little over one ...
I think you are mistaken on your journey times, but Milan is still definitely your best bet.
By train, Milan to Genoa is over 4 hours, and Genoa to Verona is over 6 hours.
By road, however, the times are more like 1:30 from Milan to Genoa and 3 hours Genoa to Verona
Why not hire a car for the trip? Driving in northern Italy can be an amazing experience.
The only reason that the waiter had to chase you in the toilet is because he was looking for his money. As far as the waiter is concerned, you placed your order and ran; and they want to know if they have to bin the food and maybe call the police.
I don't believe for a moment that the waiter really cares if you eat the pizza hot or cold - especially given ...