You’ll find this restaurant at the start of the portico which takes you to the historic center of the fascinating town of Apricale, an example of continuity and traditional cuisine. You can enjoy an excellent view from their dining room and during the summer you can eat in the terrace. Delio’s cuisine continues in the hands of his heirs, based on local seasonal productions starting the olive oil from the valley and the Dolceacqua and Rossese wines. It’s a favorite destination for those who enjoy ravioli stuffed with thyme and rabbit or potatoes and meat. From their second courses you should try the rabbit, stockfish, wild boar and stewed goat with beans together with meats grilled on olive wood. You should also try their cheeses served together with jam, honey and cognà, produced by local farmers. Sweet ending with the zabaglione and the pansarole, the typical Apricale “bugie” or the stroscia a sweet Ligurian cake made with olive oil served with gelato and olive stracciatella.
This restaurant is located in the small village of Badalucco up some steps inside a beautiful and inviting stone house. It’s set in a comfortable and family atmosphere with a fireplace, exposed bricks and wooden decor. The cuisine is traditional. Every meal is a special occasion so you’ll have 5 starters: Russian salad, Badalucco white bean salad, the brandacujun, frandura which is a typical dish from nearby Montalto, vitel tonné and vegetable fritters. Two first courses: ravioli stuffed with herbs and if you’re lucky tagliatelle with river shrimp. Among second courses we recommend their Ligurian rabbit, the snails and stockfish with is the star of the show of a festival every September. Exquisite desserts such as creme caramel and the sweet focaccia typical of the area are available. Most of the ingredients used in the kitchen come from the family farm called “Cian de Bià” which means “land on the Biagio plain”. Biagio was the owners Ivo and Franca’s grandfather; they also produce a very good olive oil. Fixed price menu for 30 euro, excluding wines. Good value for your money. Reservations are recommended.
In the chef Michele Ottonello’s restaurant can be tasted genuine products cultivated in the family kitchen yard or the mushrooms, wild herbs harvested by his father, Fernando. Always smiling and available they make the place, simple and hospital, a familiar and cosy environment where people return willingly. It is only open upon booking, in the weekend offers thematic dinners, with truffles, mushrooms, stockfish, artichokes and other seasonal products. Then average menu for 30 euro is quite rich: from the appetizers like quail eggs with truffle, mushrooms salad with artichokes, pancakes with wild herbs, ricotta mousse and many other ones, to the first course dishes with homemade pasta like tagliatelle, risotti and delicious soups, exquisite is the one with squash and black mushrooms “trombette dei morti”; among the second courses dishes excel ligurian rabbit and in the thematic nights, boiled beef, bagna cauda, stockfish and delicious recipes dedicated to the vegetarians. All meals end with three desserts of the house like the delicious home made tarts with jams that Fernando prepares and gives as present to his customers in pretty mini jars. House wine is included in the price, like coffee and digestive, home made as well. Excellent value for money.
In the Argentina valley at about 400 meters, immersed in the green and small lakes that the streams Argentina and Corte create in their path, with the possibility of having a stroll and excursion for either families or expert walkers, we find the hotel-restaurant Santo Spirito, an institution, that since more than a century offers dishes cooked following ancient recipes and using genuine products and local outstanding items. The vigilant family management has created a hospital environment; in the hall there are various relics and objects from the past, with old photographs and documents. The dishes are traditional, those that were prepared at home by grandmothers and recall to the mind flavours of the past. We find here chickpeas and assorted legumes soups, home made tagliatelle or fresh pasta with chestnuts flour, like the “colpi di dito” or the quadrotti to be dressed with “bruzzo”, the tasty sheep ricotta. Among second course dishes goat with beans, molinese escargots, stewed boar. Delicious homemade desserts like the pudding with eggs and castagnaccio, prepared in the ancient way. Vegetables are almost exclusively produced in the family farm, tank to grandpa Augusto. The selection of wines includes the Ormeasco produced by the family farm and also excellent bottles of Piedmont wines. The menu’s price ranges from € 20 to € 35.
For over 20 years Pasquale, the restaurant manager, has been offering a cuisine based on local fish, always fresh and cooked with creative ideas and never banal. The location is elegant and refined, away from the traffic, despite being in the center of Ventimiglia, in front of the train station, and with good weather you can have lunch in the dehors. A few tables in a tastefully furnished dining room, Pasquale personally cares of the hosting with a smile and tells the offers of the day that depends on what is fished in the area and on the vegetables of local farmers. Among the appetizers we mention the monkfish ceviche and scallops, Jerusalem artichokes and plum vinegar jelly. Among the first courses, the inviting ravioli of seafood stew, angler fish and amatriciana powder or the classic lobster noodles. Among the second courses, the 55 ° C salt cod, pumpkin, fennel, black garlic or the always tasty mixed frying. The cooking offers Nikkei specialties, a meeting between two cuisines, the Peruvian and Japanese ones, a fusion of dishes that give life to new harmonies of taste. Good choice of desserts and excellent value for money for people who are looking for high quality coupled with great professionalism. The Hanbury restaurant has got a well-stocked wine cellar, and with all sorts of the best labels from regional, national and French wineries. A la carte menu about 60 euro.
Downtown, close to the Casino, in an historical residence, Villa Noseda, we find this restaurant that has a wide dining room, stylish and sophisticated, a bright porch and a small hall, suitable for private events and business dinners. The chef Matteo Riccitelli offers also a tasting menu for 48 Euro with four servings of fish that he selects, plus dessert, and a tasting menu for 70 Euro with six servings plus dessert. A la carte meal starts with raw fish, that includes the famous red shrimps from Sanremo, all variations of fishes tartare with oyster and fruit and sushi or it is possible to taste a flan with potatoes and mushrooms on soup of squash, traditional cappon magro dressed with crustaceans, or the unusual braised scallops with foie gras, figs crisp cake and golden dust. Among first course dishes redfish raviolini on shrimp bisque, burrata drops, lemon and ginger or cappelletto stuffed with fondue on shrink veal and porcini mushrooms caponata. Among second course dishes fish dominates, always being very fresh, served fried or grilled. Among meats lamb cooked at low temperatures, blue veined muffin, and smoked eggplants sauce. Excellent are all the desserts and the presentation of dishes is very well cared for. Professional and courteous service. The list of wines is of high level.
Climbing to 900 meters and visiting the small hamlet of Bajardo is really worth the wait, its historical centre, the church that was partially destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1887, from which a wonderful landscape can be enjoyed both in the winter and summer time, just like it is worth stopping by to enjoy the excellent cuisine of Claudia and Pier, young restaurateurs who opened this tavern and offer a cuisine mostly made of zero km. genuine products, cultivated by the farmers of this area. Claudia, the chef with her sweet smile will offer you a menu from 25 to 30 Euro which includes mixed starters, with samplings of vegetable and wild herbs cakes, barbagiuai, herbs and rice pancakes, various croutons, local cold meats and cheeses. First course dishes are particularly tasty like wild herbs ravioli, rossese grapes or nettles tagliatelle with rabbit meat sauce. Among second course dishes we can mention Apricale rabbit, Ceriana sausage, white boar meat, that all have to be tested. Absolutely to be tasted the cakes made by Claudia, who had experienced in a bakery, delicious meringue cakes with marron glacè, light truffle cream and delicious tiramisu. Pier in the hall, friendly and helpful, will suggest you the best combination with the best wines.
Gianni and Carla, two friends, undertook in 2008 this adventure tank to their common passion for good cuisine and good wines, being able to create the ideal location for tasting the typical cuisine of the hinterland, tasty, but light. Gianni in the kitchen prepares all dishes with typical local products like oil, wine, bread, beans, cheeses, wild herbs and Triora saphron. The menu is written on a blackboard like in the real taverns: among the appetizer stand out the baked trevisana with ricotta and balsamic vinegar (9 euro) or homemade cold meats and vegetables preserved in oil, like the dried tomatoes, the ciccotti (mushrooms), head cheese and boar speck. Among the first course dishes polenta with spruce shoots and speck sauce, a single dish for 10 euro, and ricotta and borage ravioli with small tomatoes and marjoram (10 euro). Among the second courses dishes the great stars of the hinterland cuisine, boar with polenta (12 euro), escargots stew (14 euro), baked Brigasca sheep cheese called toma (9 euro). Delicious homemade desserts. The place is found downtown, deserves to be visited and on the table cloth you will find depicted a map that will allow you to follow a path to discover this fascinating village known as the village of the witches. Menu ranges from 25 to 30 Euro. Not bad is the list of wines with local labels and wines from Piedmont.
In a few minutes from the sea you get to Lingueglietta, become a full member of ”The most beautiful villages in Italy”. Riccardo and Chiara’s restaurant is inside a beautiful stone house, outside a large terrace with a beautiful view, which in summer is very appreciated. Inside the dining room is very accurate and cosy, lights and modern furnishings, with candles and special objects, make the location refined and elegant. The service is assigned to Chiara, always smiling and kind, while the kitchen is Riccardo’s reign. Both Lombard native they have taken over the restaurant for about two years and have already received considerable appreciation. There are two tasting menus: one of 5 courses for 40 euro and the other of 7 courses for 55 euro. Among the appetizers a la carte we mention the marinated sturgeon, late-growing radicchio, asparagus, eggs and corn (17 euro). Among the first courses worth to be tasted the stewed goose ravioli, quince mustard, pumpkin consommé, ginger and bay leaves (16 euros). Among the second courses the venison’s loin, Martine pears, red cabbage and American potatoes or the mullets with their sauce, chestnuts, clementines (25 and 18 euro). Refined and exquisite desserts. Homemade bread, breadsticks and focaccia, with particular flours. The presentation of the dishes and the service are very accurate. The wine list has selected labels and fair prices. Reservation is recommended.
Restaurant near to the center of Ventimiglia, by now well known and appreciated for its excellent pizzas and always new offers. Pino and Marcella, the owners, have made a choice of quality and research of excellent products to satisfy even the most demanding customers. Since a few months Pino has been offering “pizzas d’autore” on Mondays and Wednesdays, original creations with unusual ingredients, but always of the highest quality, such as pumpkin cream and shrimp, or smoked salmon and DOP cheeses. The pizzas are prepared using 7 doughes, with different flours and leavenings, such as the hemp one or the Roman shovel, which requires a long leavening and a very high hydration that makes it light, crunchy and exquisite. In addition to pizzas (70 in the menu card !!!), a wide choice of pasta dishes, both meat and fish, ravioli, trofie, tagliatelle and a savory risotto of the fisherman, and to follow you can taste an excellent tagliata with arugula served on the soapstone as a grilled fish or grilled prawns. Good offer of vegetarian and vegan dishes too. Classic desserts, with something new like the chef’s pie and the grandmother’s cake. The restaurant is very large, bright, also suitable for events and business dinners, the service is prompt and courteous, organized by Marcella, always smiling and kind. Card of local wines and craft beers.