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“Fresh, good, stylish, airy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Muraglia

La Muraglia
Via Aurelia 133, Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Italy
019 698 015
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Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Varigotti
Price range: $35 - $70
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fresh, good, stylish, airy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

Successful second attempt to have dinner in Varigotti after the depressing experience of La Caravella (see separate review).
Muraglia is a very charming place, with all the details you expect from a modern Mediterranean restaurant. It's cuisine is fresh and rich. Very well presented on an elegant table setting. Service is ok, perhaps they could be a touch faster, but we dined on a Monday after a busy week end. One of the best seaside restaurants in the Ponente (west of Genoa). A plus is that tables are set apart so that your conversation stays private.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Essence of Liguria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

There are three superficial reviews listed here previously, which tell you almost nothing. This small hotel restaurant has been around for a long time in this quintessential Ligurian seaside village. We have been fortunate to dine here four or five times in the last two decades. The small dining room establishment strives for and achieves great things. The menu may be a little narrow, but everything coming out of the kitchen is beautiful, well balanced and delicious. The quality of the ingredients and the presentation justify somewhat elevated prices.

For many years Michelin had awarded the restaurant a star. Michelin, in Italy, is even more inscrutable and erratic than in France. Now listed, without a star, the restaurant is still a very reliable and enjoyable destination. The spaghetti, with shell fish and grilled peppers we had today for lunch was sublime. San Pietro with zucchini very respectable, but with just a tad too much salt. The dessert cart was full of lovely temptations. The wine list, concentrates on white wine and champagne, consistent with the strong seafood direction of the menu.

Service was gracious and low key. Sitting on the veranda, with an unobstructed view of the sea, and a fine meal unfolding, represents what fine dining is about. Bravo. We will be back.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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