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“Restaurant Nigo Pezigo” 5 of 5 stars
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Nigo Pezigo
Via Papiriana, 1/a, 54035 Fosdinovo, Italy
0187 1856184
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Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Fosdinovo
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Brussels, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Restaurant Nigo Pezigo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Everything in this restaurant is just great!!! Great food, very kind service, great atmosphere, great choice of music (you just hear it sottovoce, very very relaxing) and the restaurant is very, very pretty. Wonderful!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Splendid cuisine in a historic castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Nigo Pezigo is located in the charming little carriage house of the historic (and beautifully-preserved) Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo, Italy, in the general vicinity of Carrara and about an hour's drive from the Cinque Terre. The setting is striking, with arched walls opening to windows overlooking the entire Lunigiana plain, the vast Mediterranean and, on clear days, even the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. This 12th century castle was visited by Dante, who had been dispatched by the Florentines to negotiate a peace treaty between the local lord and the bishop of Sarzana.

The cuisine, far better than one would ever have expected to find in a rather remote locale more famous for its battlements than its bruschetta, is entirely based on local products and age-old local recipes. Alice Minucciani is a trained chef who has a deep knowledge of local food traditions (having been raised just a couple of miles from the castle) and adheres to the highest standards of cuisine. All the ingredients are local, some from the restaurant's own gardens, as are the excellent wines and olive oil. For that matter, some aren't even cultivated: when asked the secret behind the feather-light, succulent ravioli stuffed with stinging nettles, Alice said that she puts on two pairs of gloves and heads into the woods in search of the tenderest nettle leaves.

The menu offers lovely entrees (the roast pork and cima alla genovese were memorable), but a fine meal can be assembled from the succulent appetizers, perhaps augmented by testaroli (perhaps the most ancient Italian pasta form) with homemade pesto, and the crunchy, tasty 'sgabei', savory pieces of dough deep-fried in the excellent local olive oil, on the side. Desserts are also lovingly produced by Alice and her staff, including a cooling semifreddo with citrus, and also a homemade ice cream redolent of spices, not particularly sweet, the perfect capstone for a memorable meal.

The size of the restaurant is intimate, but 45 diners were comfortably accommodated within its arched walls (inlaid with the original stones) last month at a banquet. All considered this the culinary highlight of our tour.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We had dinner last night in Nigo Pezigo, a greatwelcome by Fedrico, who by the way speaks English very well, his wife Alice, is the chef, and everything she cooks is from local fresh produce, delicious ravioli, pappardelle with duck and the list goes on,can't recommend it highly enough. A genjine couple who deserve the acclaim they receive.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good food and friendly service in cosy atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012 via mobile

The location is small and doesn't own more than ten tables, so it creates a cosy and almost romantic atmosphere. The waiter was very kind and the food tasted great. It is worth mentioning that attention is paid to details, e.g. furniture and decoration, also the place is tidier than usual restaurants in Italy are. Price is good for the service & quality offered, we had antipasti, primi, one dessert, a bottle of wine, water and coffee: 61€ (2 persons)
We'll be back for sure!

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stayed at the Castle and were prompted to book here by the staff at the castle. We were welcomed by the staff who very helpfully completely translated the menu for us and also recommended an excellent wine to go with our food. The food was melt in the mouth fare and the whole 2 hours spent in there was great.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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