Ristorante Pinocchio

Piazza Giardino, 70 Fraz. Vellego
closing: sempre aperto
Tel: 018274168

After gaining substantial experience in the culinary sector, in 1980 Sara and Nino established this restaurant in the lush Val Lerrone, offering a traditional, local cuisine which will satisfy also the most demanding guest. Their dishes are appreciated by Italian customers as much as by foreigners, thanks to the finest local ingredients, and to their ability to merge Ligurian and Piedmontese traditions. The offered entrees are vegetables of the garden dip with Ligurian olives-flavoured oil, olives, and tried tomatoes, served with a mix of salamis: donkey’s, pork’s, and spicy from Calabria. The menu features a long list of starters: hot and cold, with fish, meat and cheese – such as goat’s tomino with peppers jam on the side, cured meats, steamed octopus, and exquisite rossetti (small fish) fritters. Among the first courses, the ravioli with borage stand out, but gnocchi and tagliatelle are also worth trying; everything is handmade, and served with seasonal sauces. The second courses are very important, substantial: grilled mixes, roast-beefs, and roasts, but also fish options such as the sea bream and salmon. Skilful pastry chefs create desserts such as fruit pies, amazing tiramisu, delicious semi-freddos, and pudding. Excellent value for money: tasting menu at 30 Euro, including homemade wine. It is also possible to stay for the night.

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