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“Wonderful lunch in a pretty town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Bonta Nascoste

Ristorante Bonta Nascoste
Via Cavour, 52, 19032 Lerici, Italy
+39 0187 965500
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Ranked #2 of 91 Restaurants in Lerici
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reading, PA
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“Wonderful lunch in a pretty town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We were based in Portovenere and when doing research for our trip, someone suggested visiting Lerici. We took the bus from Portovenere to Lerici, via la Spezia. It was a bit tricky trying to find out where the bus stop was, but we eventually muddled through.

We were there in early May. At that time, it was very quiet with few tourists. We were told summer can be very busy with Italian tourists, particularly from Milan. As we strolled through town, we walked by Ristorante Bonta Nascoste and noticed a New York Times article reviewing it. We decided to make a reservation for lunch.

It was a beautiful day so we sat outside at one of the two tables. The food was delicious. We had a salad, squid ink pasta, a carafe of fizzy local wine (similar to Prosecco) and water for a very reasonable €46. We had no idea it was the top ranked restaurant in Lerici. We would recommend this restaurant and if we have the good fortune to return to Lerici, we would certainly dine here again.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Champaign, Illinois
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“Quite simply the best food in Lerici”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is how fine dining should be..small..intimate..service friendly without being overbearing..and meals variations on the local classics, but still retaining simplicity. We began with the carpaccio of octopus with pesto...and then had the the pasta with small calamari in a fois gras sauce....so good and finished with the mixed grill of seafood which for 25 euro i thought was such a good bargain..big prawns and scampi with calamari and a branzino fillet all grilled so perfectly. Worth geting a reservation for a dining at this back alley spot. If you are a grappa fan and want to try something special make sure you ask for the grappa that is in the upside down holder...you'll thank me for the unique enticing flavors present

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent service, excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Italian beauty without foreign suitors it says, well it's amazing. excellent service by the staff, fresh seafood, good choice of wine... Great atmosphere... We loved it!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia
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“Fantastic chance encounter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Walking past at lunchtime, with no prior knowledge, we decided to try the seafood degustation as a light lunch for 2. It is a beautifully presented, intimate restaurant with friendly, professional service and fantastic food. Our simple meal was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. A very satisfying experience. Highly recommended.

  • Visited December 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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“Great restaurant, greater service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We were going to eat at the place next door but since it was closed, this looked nice and cozy and we had no idea that it was the #1 restaurant in Lerici on Tripadvisor until after we sat down. Absolutely no regrets. The staff was absolutely fantastic. Nice, friendly and did not forget you even once.
The first course many different plates was ok. The secondi course very good. And the dessert delicious! Try the chocolate suffle. Sooo gooood! Not expensive nor cheap. You definately get what you pay for but even more with the service! And the location is very cozy in a small passage. Perfect night!!

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