Salvo Cacciatori

The restaurant is a small traffic-free street in the center of Imperia. The restaurant, even from the outside, offers an elegant and refined atmosphere. The first dining room is large with classic decor and mood lighting, on the walls drawings by famous artists who have frequented the restaurant, on warmer days you can have dinner in the cellar downstairs. Enrico Calvi, young and passionate, Agostino’s nephew, who founded this restaurant in 1905, will welcome you with a smile and will recommend you. The tasting menu at 45 euro is preceded by three beautifully presented amuse-bouche, the appetizer is a bowl of veal with vegetable mixed pickles and pepper mayonnaise followed by a baked pumpkin with celeriac and Parmesan cheese, the first course is a delicious risotto with parsnip puree, crunchy roots, bruss and honey, followed by sea bass with shrimp bisque, seaweed salad, fennel and green apple. You can end with a Martine pear with red wine and eggnog. A la carte dishes such as the lamb buttons, butternut squash, milk of prescineusa (fresh Ligurian cheese), and among the second dishes we mention the Mulard duck breast and the rich local fish soup. Cuisine based on local, genuine products, such as the “Agostino” oil dedicated to his grandfather, a pioneer of the Mediterranean diet, and often cultivated in the family vegetable garden. Wide selection of wines, with prevalence of local labels. The price is about 60 euro.

Osteria del Rododendro

This osteria is located in the historic center of a splendid small village and it is managed by Grazia and her daughter Barbara. It offers authentic cuisine using local products which make up the “White Cuisine” a cuisine that’s called this way because of the use of ingredients such as potatoes, leeks, turnips, dairy and flour-based products which were eaten by the shepherds during the transhumance period. Their tasting menu is priced at 25 € and it is made up of 6 appetizers, three first courses, three seconds and a dessert. We recommend their pasta fagottini with thirteen wild herbs, the chef’s specialty as well as the fried rabbit bites, the eye of round braised in Ormeasco and the snails. There’s a good selection of cheeses served with homemade jams. Exquisite desserts such as chestnut and rum ice cream and licorice Bavarian cream. Both the olive oil and bread are produced on site. There’s a wide selection of local wines among which you’ll find the Ormeasco. Honest prices.Their menu prices range from € 25 to about € 30 and it is strictly seasonal.

Ristorante Colle Melosa

Located in a magical setting surrounded by the mountains and forest, the restaurant offers homemade traditional cuisine together with authentic ingredients and a warm welcome. The inn was re-opened in 2010 after having been closed for many years by Pierangelo Borfiga and his wife Laura, the third family generation to manage the historic “Locanda Colle Melosa”. A hike around these parts is always suggested in any season; the inn offers delicious dishes using local seasonal ingredients. During theme nights in the winter you can try their “bagna cauda nel fojòt” in its characteristic terracotta dish as well as the polenta and wild boar. You must try their ravioli with alpine herbs, the goat with beans and the lamb with artichokes. During the summer you should try the “gran pistou”, crushed grains with ham. You should also try their homemade desserts such as the bonet and apple cake. Wine from local producers such as Rossese or Ormeasco are available as well as wines from nearby Piemonte. There’s also the possibility of staying overnight but it’s best to book in advance. Tasting menu priced from 22 to 32 euro.

Villaggio dei Fiori

Villaggio dei Fiori, with its small cottages overlooking the sea, equipped with every comfort, is surrounded by over 1000 palms, pines, and eucalypta. Tourists come to Villaggio dei Fiori not only to admire the beautiful coast, but also as a starting point to trek in the inland, and they remain fascinated by the restaurant, which however is not only reserved to the guests, but also open to the public. The spacious dining hall has become even more charming and welcoming after a recent renovation. The chef, Angelo Cavagnuolo, built on his 30 years of experience to create a balanced menu which accommodates both lovers of international gastronomy, and those who look for tradition and local ingredients. Risottos, king prawns, fresh tuna battered with sesame seeds, meat and fish on soapstone, are his most successful dishes. In addition, you can also find gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Some wood-fired dishes are also offered, made with kamut or spelt flour dough, which are authentic gourmet meals. The waiting staff, skilfully managed by the maître, is professional, and ready to accommodate any request swiftly, and gracefully. Average price: 25 Euros, excluding wine, which can be chosen from a wide and diverse selection.

Ristorante Baia Azzurra

The philosophy of this restaurant, located straight on the beach, is: “few thing, but good ones”. Thanks to its position, and to a pleasant dehors, it is possible to eat “pied dans l’eau” all year round. Donato Piccirilli, the owner, welcomes each and every guest, recommending the dish of the day – often a fish dish, simple but also tasty, and (most importantly) light. As starters, you can find some delicious and renowned anchovies, thebrandacujun, and an octopus salad with local artichokes. Among the first courses, we recommend spaghetti with clam sauce and pesto dressing, or gnocchetti with squid; among the second courses, valuable options are the fritto misto and the fish grilled mix, both extremely fresh. The high quality of the ingredients, and the fact that the vegetables are all sourced locally, make this restaurant a safe bet, where you will feel pampered, in a familiar but curated environment. The tasting menu is priced 35 Euros and comprises a starter, first and second course (with sides), a dessert, drinks, and coffee. It is however also possible to opt for a la carte, choosing less courses and thus saving. There is also a children’s menu, as this restaurant is popular with families. From May to October the bath-house also opens, thus allowing for a full day of fun and relax. The wine list has a good selection of local and Piedmontese labels.

Come a casa

Beautiful location, a few steps from the sea and the bike path, the elegant and intimate interior with exposed stone and mood lights, wooden furniture that make the environment cozy, outside dehors with unparalleled sea view, accessible all year, given the wonderful climate of Ospedaletti. Piero Bregliano proposes a cuisine of sea and land, with genuine and fresh products, with innovative and creative dishes, at a competitive price, the tasting menu consisting of 3 courses for 35 euros, drinks not included. Among the appetizers we mention the squid with burnt lemon and laurel, the amberjack, beet and bottarga or the rabbit terrine with champagne (from 13 to 16 euros). In the first courses the unusual ravioli with cheese and pepper with caramelized pears or the refined spaghetti of Mancini with anchovies from Monterosso. In the main courses, the catch of the day with the chanterelles or the “quasi cappon magro”, in the meats the homage to Enzo Santin, with the braised cheek veal with amarone and the scent of cardamom and ginger on celeriac at 20 euros). The desserts deserve a special mention, prepared with passion by Licia Casella, a member of Piero, who takes care of the room service, we mention the tarte au chocolat et framboise, and the pink chocolate cheesecake. A piero and Licia really like to invite other chefs and propose 4-handed menus, with theme nights and seasonal ingredients. Well-stocked wine cellar, with a focus on local labels.

Ittiturismo M/B Patrizia

Right address for people who want to taste the very fresh fish and the famous Sanremo shrimps, in fact everything that is caught on Patrizia’s fishing boat by the Di Gerlando family, fishermen for 4 generations, is served at the restaurant in classic and creative preparations. The restaurant is particularly bright, well furnished, elegant, with large windows from which you can see the sea and inside there is a open kitchen with a young and passionate cooking’s group. Dining room service is accurate and polite. A la carte we find among the appetizers the branda ( cod with the potatoes), the frying with the red shrimps of Sanremo, and the ceviche of local fish flavoured with coriander (from 16 to 18 euro), for people who love crudités it is worth to be tasted the boat’s ones (28 euro). Among the first courses we recommend the calamarata with beans of Pigna, grilled cuttlefish, candied lemon and marjoram (18 euro), the delicious noodles with shrimps from Sanremo (22 euro) or the traditional ravioli and shrimps (16 euro). To follow the chef’s fish soup (22 euro), the classic fried of the Gulf (20 euro), or the delicious fish of the day. To taste absolutely the homemade desserts such as the puff pastry with diplomatic tonka bean cream and pears flavoured with Rossese or the unusual pumpkin shortcake on pistachio mousse, peeled orange and amaretto (8 euro). Wide selection of wines with fair prices.

Dalla Padella alla Brace

The restaurant is warm and welcoming and it faces the boardwalk of the charming small city. It has a modern and elegant open air space which can be used during all seasons; beautiful sea and town views can be enjoyed from inside the dining room which together with the beautiful decor make for a very pleasant atmosphere. Young chef Alessio chooses ingredients with care to prepare meat and fish creations with a steady hand. From their appetizers we recommend the farinata and codfish fritters together with the traditional brandacujun, the stockfish with oil and potatoes, the fried anchovies or an intriguing octopus carpaccio. From their first courses you should try their handmade fresh pastas with pestos or seafood or other imaginative fresh fish creations. Among their second courses which depend on the catch of the day we recommend their spectacular grilled fish, fried seafood or Sanremo shrimp. Interesting house desserts. Local selection of wines at honest prices. Excellent value for your money with a kind and attentive staff. You won’t be disappointed. A meal will cost you about 30 euro.

Ristorante Antichi sapori

This restaurant is a few kilometres away from the beach in a charming village with characteristic alleyways and a medieval tower; you can enjoy some peace, quiet and fresh air during summer evenings after having spent a day at the beach. During the other seasons you can enjoy genuine and authentic cuisine in “Antichi sapori”. The restaurant is very characteristic with lots of space outside including a garden an terrace and elegant dining rooms inside which are welcoming and well decorated. The restaurant serves up Ligurian cuisine with fish and regional dishes made with seasonal and high quality raw ingredients. From their appetizers we recommend a delicious “brandacujun” or the shrimp carpaccio and from their second courses the tagliolini with swordfish and lemon octopus to be followed by the sea bass roulade or the grilled octopus with curry sauce. If you prefer a landfare menu you should try the brioche stuffed with prosciutto and fondue, the Nonna Rosa’s delicious “plin” ravioli, or the tasty sliced Black Angus picanha. Desserts are not to be missed and are all homemade. The pizzas and focaccias are excellent as well and are prepared according to traditional methods but enhanced with special ingredients.

U Portegu de Ma

Located in the characteristic area of the port of Imperia, in Calata Cuneo, under the arcades where there are many interesting and popular places in every season, young people and tourists, who appreciate this picturesque part of the town. The restaurant consists of two rooms, the first is the one you see as you enter, furnished in a marine style, in wood and exposed stones, with vintage photos on the walls, the second room is on the lower floor, more private and welcoming , with exposed stones and vaulted ceiling, with simple but striking furnishings. In the summer, which lasts a long time here, you can have dinner in the large dehors just a few feet away from the sea. Fabio, the friendly and dynamic owner, offers his gourmet pizzas, seasoned with high quality ingredients and seasonal products, prepared with a mixture of 7 selected flours, and for people who wish it, they can be tasted freshly baked with the formula “round pizza” with many preperations, all tasty and delicious. House specialty are also the first courses, all of fresh pasta, with local fish and inviting recipes, such as the delicious ravioli and gnocchi. Always appreciated is the mixed fried, abundant and well cooked. To top it up the house desserts, all worth to be tried, from the revisited tiramisu to sorbets and homemade ice creams.