Trattoria Ugo e Uga, names of the original owners, is small restaurant tucked away on a back street in downtown Genoa, has been serving home-cooked meals since 1930. The locale is nicely decorated, not fancy, but more like a diner back in the USA. There is booth seating, paper placemats, and no frills. The service is very friendly, though often over tasked and under staffed. The menu is not very extensive, however, some of the classics of Genovese cuisine, cooked home-style can be found here. There was also a varied selection of pizzas on the menu.
This evening, our group started by sharing a mixed platter of prosciuttos, salamis and other cured meats, which were served on a wood cutting board. This was accompanied with a large ball of mozzarella di Bufala that was not very fresh or milky. (this is better eaten down in Naples...home of the mozzarella di Bufala.)
I then had a "bis" dish of two types of Genovese pastas, Trenette con Pesto Genovese and the Pansotti in a creamy walnut sauce. Pansotti are similar to small ravioli filled with spinach. I didn't care for the flavorless cream sauce, however the trenette with pesto was very good.
At Ugo e Uga, you'll find a couple of different versions of Bacala (stock fish). One guest didn't like his, which was prepared in a wine sauce, with anchovies and capers. The deep fried version was likewise, unremarkable. I do recommend the homemade apple cake served with vanilla ice cream. It was delicious.
Prices were reasonable, however, I'm not sure if I would return to Osteria Ugo e Uga. Much better food can be found elsewhere in town.
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