Located on the docks of Savona’s harbour, this sober restaurant has a cosy and pleasant atmosphere, with characteristic brick walls; the owner reserves a warm and professional welcome to all his guests, and during the summer some tables are added outdoor, in Rebagliati square. The name “Gattafura” is inspired by a traditional Genoese savoury pie containing chards, fresh cheese, and mint. The cuisine is traditional, typical of this territory, with several fish dishes. An example are the starters, such as king prawns with bacon, octopus with potatoes, stock fish in the brandacujun version, and trawl line tartare. Among the first courses, we strongly recommend squid ink ravioli with mussel filling, and the gnocchetti (smaller gnocchi) with monkfish. Other flavourful options are the seafood fried mix, and the mussels, clam, and shellfish mix; but also, whichever fish is available on the day, served with a side of vegetables form the garden. The a la carte menu changes weekly, in line with the inspiration of the chef, and with the availability of fresh ingredients. It is also possible to enjoy meaty options, of a fine quality, and well prepared. The desserts are always homemade. The wines mostly represent the local area, but some offers are included from other Italian regions, such as the Piedmontese Timorasso. The value for money is fair: average price of 40 Euros per person.
In the inlands of Finale Ligure, and only 6 kms from the busy beaches of the Ligurian Riviera, the restaurant “Al Tre” recently opened its doors. It is located right at the centre of the small village of Calice Ligure, where we recommend that you also pay a visit to an important museum of modern art established in the fascinating “Consul House”. This restaurant is a venture of two resourceful young women, Sonia e Mohana, who decided to change their lives and bet everything on this business, also involving their partners. The kitchen is the kingdom of Sonia, who proposes traditional recipes but with some creative twists, while Mohana is in charge of the front of house, always ready to welcome their guests with a smile. The location has been tastefully re-designed, and some vintage objects have been preserved and displayed, giving the place a pleasant retro’ atmosphere. The frescoed dining hall is also used as an art gallery. The menu features meat and fish dishes, such as the donkey stracotto (a stew) and stuffed squids, homemade pasta with surf and turf ragu sauce, squid ink lasagnas, and chestnut tagliatelle with wild boar sauce. The desserts are sophisticated, and complement well a pleasant lunch or dinner, in a welcoming atmosphere. Excellent value for money, with the tasting menu set at 25 € with meat, 30 € with fish.
The monastery of Millesimo is a magical place, a small jewel of the XIII century medieval architecture surrounded by a beautiful park where you can stay in charming rooms. Inside the restaurant’s rooms are beautifully frescoed, well furnished and the fireplaces with the grand piano, make the location very welcoming. Pino and Donatella are the owners and managers of the Relais since 2014 and have succeeded, after a terrible fire in 2017, to reopen and continue the business. Ideal place for events and ceremonies, but also for moments of relaxation to be enjoyed in the beautiful rooms, where in the morning you are pampered by breakfast in your room. Cooking is assigned to the chef Matteo Pantoliano who offers a genuine and authentic cuisine, with local products. The tasting menu at 48 euro includes seven courses or à la carte you can choose among the appetizers, the fassone meat tartare, the boletus mushroom dumplings or the flavored octopus (from 8 to 12 euro), among the first courses the Gragnano paccheri with delicate burrata and seared prawns, awarded in 2017, and taleggio ravioli with pears and fresh herbs (from 10 to 12 euro), among the second courses we mention braised beef with Barolo and sea bass on lemon cream (from 12 to 18 euro). Delicious homemade desserts. Pino will recommend you the best wines thanks to a well-stocked wine cellar and Donatella guarantees the dining room’s service, always with a smile.
You can still find traditional Ligurian food in the renowned and famous Alassio, a true authentic trattoria, with the menu written in dialect by hand on a notebook like the ones used in schools many years ago: an informal atmosphere, black and white photos from the 70’s on the walls of children or “matetti” in dialect posing in their school uniform or for group pictures. Upon entering you’ll see a big blackboard with the daily dishes. Dishes follow Ligurian tradition, flavorful big portions. It’s a piity one has to choose as all dishes are worth trying. The owners are always happy and nice, sometimes they pretend to be grouchy but they’re just joking around and they’ll catch you off guard. For starters try their mixed appetizer with fried anchovies, seafood salad, cabbage wraps and Recco focaccia. Among their first courses we recommend their ravioli, pansotti, tagliatelle with bottarga and shrimp and the “gasse”: farfalle shaped fresh pasta, with pesto and potatoes. Among second dishes you’ll find mixed fried seafood, rabbit, octopus, stewed squid and the codfish. Their selection of desserts includes classics such as the bunet, tiramisù and ice creams. Their delicious apple fritters are served to everyone at the end of the meal. Small cellar with Vermentino and Pigato at reasonable prices. Excellent value for your money, a meal will set you back about € 25. Reservations are recommended.
It is always enjoyable to venture into the hinterland of Albenga, full of small historic villages, and pleasant places to visit. Ortovero is one of these, surrounded by vineyards and orchards, surrounded by greenery, in every season it is always interesting to follow this road that leads to Piedmont and make a stop in this restaurant to enjoy a simple and genuine cuisine. The real cuisine of the territory interpreted by Adriana, the cook, and proposed by Claudio, the manager, who host the guests with kindness and competence and tell their menu, made of local and seasonal products, The dining room is large and well furnished, the atmosphere warm. We start with delicious fryings of artichokes, bread, sausage skewers, ravioli with herbs, omelette, served in a small basket. But the appetizers have yet to arrive: meat tartare, shepherd’s cheese with honey and hazelnuts, panissa salad. Two first courses. The fantastic ravioli with herbs and noodles with borage made by Adriana. Among the second courses you may choose between the rabbit, the stewed boar, the excellent boiled beef breast or the snails. Homemade desserts, such as apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream, very tasty. The tasting menu is offered at 30 euro, including the wines of the Ortovero cooperative, namely Pigato, Rossese and Vermentino. Reservations are recommended.
When you walk through the tavern’s door you get into a welcoming and well-kept location, leaving behind the traffic and noise of the Aurelia drive. The chef Cinzia Chiappori has a great professionalism, but she is a simple and honest person. She loves getting involved in trying new dishes with special ingredients, she likes to open her kitchen to other chefs and offers four-handed dinners, even with skit nights. The constant of its cuisine is the highest quality products always fresh and zero-mile. In the last year she renewed the dining room, with a touch of pink, and even her menus by offering for working lunch at noon unique and simple dishes at 15 euro, and in the evening more elaborate menus at 25 euro. Cinzia offers a creative local cuisine, where the local fish is very present, as well as artichokes and violet asparagus, slow food presidia. The delicious rabbit tuna and salmon tartare with raw artichokes and brandacujun are worth to be tasted. Among the first courses we mention the corzetti with artichokes and clams, the noodles with curry and shrimp ragù. Among the second courses, the delicious octopus cooked in red wine. The desserts are very carefully prepared by the chef, with unusual ingredients, such as the panna cotta with asparagus, edible flowers and lavender. In good weather you can have lunch in the garden and stop and rest in the three beautiful rooms on the upper floor.
Situated in an incredible location at the start of the trekking itinerary, and with a porch which allows to eat a stone’s throw from the sea (and in the summer, right on the beach), this restaurant bets it all on local fish and high quality ingredients, only using the finest products, possibly local. The tasting menu, priced 50 Euros excluding wine, envisages, as starter, eledones on a pumpkin and ginger cream; purple yam gnocchi with baby squids and bagna cauda; sea bass escalope with dry pulses and cereals as second course; and dessert of your choice. A la carte, you can find, as starters, an intriguing “crudo di pesce” (fish tartare), a tryptic with sea bass on dry fava beans cream, smoked swordfish on toast with black sesame, and eledones. Among the first courses: squid ink tagliolini with John Dory, baby broccolis and pine nuts, sea bass ravioli with tuna, and a chickpeas zimino (a vegetable sauce) with shrimp tails. We recommend the fritto misto (fried mix), light and crispy, and the fish grilled mix. Meaty and vegetarian dishes are also offered. There is a wide selection of desserts, such as the chocolate “triple mousse” with Grand Marnier and pistachios, and the clementine and chestnuts crème. The wine list is interesting and offers both local wines, and a good selection of important choices from other Italian regions.
The restaurant is located in a small tourist harbor, has modern and elegant rooms together with a welcoming and cozy atmosphere as well as an open space area during the summer where you can enjoy the sea view. It was opened in 2006 by the Patanè brothers, Alessandro is a chef with a passion for cooking and Giovanni is an expert sommelier who takes care of the main dining room. Both teach cooking courses. Boma’s cuisine is mostly based on local fish, cooked on the spot as well as dishes cooked with local ingredients. Two tasting menus are available for € 35 “Flavors of the sea” and for € 30 “Local flavors”, which include a starter, first and second course and dessert. From their à la carte menu we recommend the octopus or stockfish salad or the codfish. Their first courses of fresh pasta with local fish are excellent as well as the classic pansotti with walnut sauce or the hulled wheat tagliatelle with pesto and julienned eggplant. Among second courses we recommend the fried seafood or the daily catch as well as meat dishes such as the sliced Piedmontese meat or the veal rum. Good desserts with inviting presentations and wide selection of wines with international and regional labels.
The right address to taste excellent fresh fish. In a particularly charming corner of Albisola Superiore, in a small square, facing the sea, Rosa, considered a “shaman”, intends to surprise us with her never banal and always tasty dishes. You get into the rooms inspired by the sea colours with maritime objects hanging on the walls, paintings and artwork, here the association “Rosa dei Venti-Arte e Cucina” is based. When we are seated Rosa serves her dishes, which depend on the whims of the sea and the local fishermen, and without having to choose you are accompanied in a path of taste that involves our senses. We start with the appetizers: honey shrimps, chickpea and octopus salad, marinated anchovies, salmon carpaccio, if you are lucky the freshest oysters and much more. Among the first courses, that are prepared with fresh homemade pasta, we mention the ravioli of sea bream and sea bass, the gnocchi with prawns or lobster, all to taste. Even among the second courses, the choice is based on local fish, from light and tasty fried fish to the baked fish with local vegetables. The desserts are another specialty of Rosa, from the delicious semifreddo with pistachio to the ice creams and the always new sorbets. The service is accurate and kind. Prices in relation to quality, from 30/35 euro upwards.
Arnasco is a delightful small town set among hills which produce the “pignola” an olive with a slight pine nut taste from which a renowned olive oil is made. People come to this amazing spot mostly for their amazing ravioli which Marica and her daughter Sonia prepare each day with herbs and borage and serve with sauce, butter or sage or simply plain just as they are right out of the water. Their menu is always the same, a guarantee of continuity in this restaurant which has been owned for three generations by the same family. The atmosphere is cozy, simple and inviting. You eat what is offered to you, nothing is written, all dishes are seasonal and the vegetables come from a garden opposite the restaurant. For starters try their 8 appetizers among which you’ll find cured meats, small onions, bean salad, vegetable pies, peppers, bruschetta, battered artichockes or zucchini blossoms.You should try their ravioli, tortellini or tagliatelle all homemade. Among second courses we recommend the Ligurian rabbit with olives and pine nuts, roast beef and snails. House desserts include: tiramisù, panna cotta, fruit tarts and apple pies. Local red and white wines are included in the menu price (€ 25). We recommend making reservations in advance during the weekend.