On the first hillside of Sanremo, we find a place where you can eat good food, without spending a fortune, with a choice of Ligurian genuine dishes and some Piedmontese contamination. The environment is very cosy and welcoming. Wooden furniture, the stone walls and the rustic wooden menu holder with a slate chalkboard, bring a bit of informal feel to the place. Lucia always cheerful and kind provides an attentive and excellent service. Chef Alessandro varies the menu every day according to market supply. Meat and fish, accompanied by seasonal vegetables and wild herbs and flowers make each dish more delicate and tasty. From appetizers to desserts, the chef uses quality raw materials, proposing unusual combinations, such as beet dumplings with lemon balm pesto or tagliatelle with nettles and lemon. Among the first courses we find a varied selection of homemade pastas, from trofie to tagliatelle noodles and gnocchi dumplings. To try the sought-after Genoese soup, which is much appreciated by tourists. Fresh fish may vary according to market availability. Excellent ratio with quality: first courses between 8 and 10 €, second courses from 9 to 12 €, desserts at 3 €. For a full meal the cost is about 30 €. In the cellar, local wines alternate with those of nearby Piedmont.
In a charming corner of the Nervia Valley, surrounded by olive trees, mimosas and aromatic herbs, here in the summer you can dine outside on the panoramic terrace. The interior rooms are frescoed with drawings of herbs and flowers, and an image of Apricale, like the one enjoyed from the large windows, warmed in winter by the large fireplace. One room is dedicated to fairy tale characters and with child-friendly furnishings. The menu proposed for € 35 includes the specialties of the inland cuisine. We start with the appetizers, from the typical Barbagiuai, fried ravioli stuffed with pumpkin, rice and cheese, to the green cake, from Sardenaira to stuffed vegetables. Do not miss the Ravioli with borage, hand-made as the exquisite tagliatelle mixed with red wine, olive paté, flour and eggs, served with meat sauce or tomato sauce. The second is made up of grilled meat, tagliata, lamb and sausage, with vegetables from the seasonal garden. The dessert is a must-see sight, the zabaglione mounted by hand in the copper pot is served at the table: it has the color of gold and an inviting scent, accompanied by pansarole, the traditional Apricale lies. Wines with local proposals and an always warm and kind welcome. In the inn there are also 6 beautiful rooms where you can stay overnight.
Giovanni Senese, although young, has great experience in the art of pizza and in the variegated world of doughs and flours. Born in Naples, after working experiences around the world, he stopped in Sanremo and opened his modern and welcoming restaurant in 2020, one step away from the cycle path and the sea. The attention to raw materials is very high. He personally grows vegetables and aromatic plants in his synergistic garden. Try the special pizzas, such as “il mio orto sinergico” (€ 14), which follows the rhythm of the seasons, or “il carciofo incontra il cacio e il pepe” (artichoke meets cheese and pepper) (€ 18) or “Barbaresca” with velvety purple potatoes and strips of Chianina sirloin (€ 16.5). Those who love traditional flavors can choose the classics of the Neapolitan tradition (from € 5.5 upwards). Not only pizzas, however, you can taste the wonderful Neapolitan whims (salty pastry dough), fried for all tastes, or the “ cono del pizzaiolo”, filled pizza shaped like an ice-cream cone according to Giovanni’s creativity. There is no shortage of creative dishes among first and second courses. To finish, typical sweets such as classic babà or with cream, pastiera and lemon delights. The list of extra virgin olive oils is also interesting. Good selection of craft beers and good choice of wines, with a preference for Ligurian labels.
Paolo Masieri defines himself as the “cook-farmer” because what you eat in his restaurant, from vegetables to fruit, oil and eggs, comes almost exclusively from the gardens of Castelvittorio and Ospedaletti which the chef personally takes care of. Each ingredient is selected according to the quality and season, impeccably and creatively cooked with the result of offering an exciting gustatory journey. The restaurant has varying menus, such as the “autumn evocation”, which varies according to season, at 110€, and the so called “garden vegetables and seafood”, which changes every month, at 78€, that gives you the opportunity to taste dishes such as pumpkin and ginger cream with marinated gobbetti prawns and summer black truffle scorzone, meatloaf in oil cooked with confit garlic, potato soup parmentier, Sanremo prawn steamed with salt, seaweed, pakchoi cabbage and mandarin, preboggion ravioli plin, razor clams, infusion of garlic, parsley and lime, SpaghettOro Verrigni with our bottarga and clams, in an enhancement of flavors that blend together while maintaining their own character. Well deserved the prestigious Michelin star that has recognized for 30 years the great professionalism of Paolo Masieri, who is passing his knowledge to his son Lorenzo to continue the legacy. The restaurant is located in a central street of the city. Barbara in charge of welcoming the guest, kindly and professionally help you in choosing the dishes and the wines to combine with the menus.
In the valley floor of the Arroscia Valley, Ranzo is very green with the cultivation of olive trees and vineyards. The restaurant has an ancient tradition that two brothers, Ludovico in the kitchen and Federico in the dining room, have taken up for about three years. The cuisine is based on local products and on seasonality. In the dining room Federico welcomes customers with grace and kindness and always ready to “tell” the dishes with a smile. The environment is elegant and modern, very nice and well furnished. In the à la carte menu we find the appetizers, to taste the morsels with vegetables, made of seasonal herbs, soft and tasty, with tomato sauce with Taggiasca olives, the Genoese top with fried panissa and green sauce, wild boar paté or the octopus carpaccio (from 8 to 9 euro). Home-made ravioli, with pine nuts and thyme or braised gravy (10 euro) or chestnut gnocchi with pumpkin and fontina cheese (9 euro), and chickpea Zemin with pork steaks (8 euro). Following the real specialty of the house is the rabbit with olives and abundant Pigato, as per the grandmother’s recipe, really delicious (10 euro), or braised all’Ormeasco with crispy polenta (15 euros) or the original prawns in crust of coconut (14 euro). Excellent homemade desserts (7 euro). Good choice of local wines and more.
A welcoming place with two rooms and thirty seats. Rustic and appealing furnishings with a beautiful stove and a stained glass window that conceals the kitchen. On the walls are displayed products such as preserves, vegetables in olive oil, pickled vegetables, oil and wine, which can be purchased even outside the opening times, by calling the owner Donatello on the phone, who with great sympathy and availability, will share his great passion for the following land products: peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, fruit used for the many and various home-made jams, olives and grapes, and, ever present in his garden, the Egyptian onion, now a must in the western Liguria and not only. In the kitchen his wife, tirelessly cooks traditional Ligurian cuisine with farmer’s products. These dishes are therefore prepared only with natural products, fresh and at zero km, cooked with simplicity, passion and that kind of delight for their authenticity and flavor. The full menu (we strongly recommend it) at 30€ includes 4 appetizers, 2 first courses, 2 second courses and dessert. However, you can reduce the number of courses by ordering only a first or a second course, spending 22 or 25€. Do not miss the farinata with the Egyptian onion, the frisceu, the ravioli and the gnocchi, and the ever-present Ligurian rabbit.
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 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.
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 are the owners of this restaurant which since 2008 has been offering tasty and light local cuisine, accompanied in this adventure by a young and passionate staff. In the kitchen, Gianni prepares dishes with typical products of the area, such as oil, wine, bread, beans, cheeses, wild herbs and Triora saffron. Among the appetizers the diced beef on parmesan cream (10€) and the classic brandacujun (10€). Among the main courses the sugeli (local handmade pasta that is made with a very simple dough and has a shape that resembles to orecchiette) in lamb ragout (€ 10) and ricotta and borage ravioli with cherry tomatoes and marjoram (€ 10). Second courses include the great protagonists of the inland cuisine: stewed snails (€ 14), baked Brigasca sheep toma cheese (€ 9), rabbit with olives, wild herbs braised in red wine (€ 11). Exquisite homemade desserts, such as Triora saffron infused creme brulè (€ 4) or panna cotta with coffee caramel (€ 4). The restaurant is located in the historic center, it is worth a visit and on the tablecloth you will find the map that will suggest a route to discover this fascinating village known as the land of witches. Menus from 25 to 30 €. Wine list with local labels and generous Piedmontese wines.