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“Relax, eat, enjoy!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Santo Spirito

Ristorante Santo Spirito
P.zza Roma, 23, 18010 Molini di Triora, Italy
+39 0184 94019
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Organic, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our hotel restaurant was opened in 1897 by the Great-Grandmother Rosetta on the day of Pentecost. Since then, generations have alternated in the conduct of the room.We offer a daily local cuisine, using the raw materials that come from the family farm The "Tenuta di Meregone." Extra virgin olive oil to flavor our dishes taggiasca annafiandoli with our Ormeasco Pornassio, full-bodied wine and genuine.The menu changes every day depending on what is being harvested in our fields. Our kitchen can not be defined at zero distance, but at three miles, the same distance that separates us from our land. The dining room of the restaurant, like a small family museum, transfers the wealth of remains from the past. From old porcelain dishes to field tools, from the old gramophone to antique radios, pictures and documents in order to go back to a time that is no longer here. There is the cuisine though. That taste of good, which brings us back to the time when, happy children, we used to visit my grandmother in the countryside, has remained untouched . It is not difficult to make tasty dishes when you are not in a hurry; if every day, vegetables from our land, come to natural maturation, arrive on the shelves of the kitchen ... If you try to put your passion before all. When in winter the old American stove warms hands which are numb from the cold, memories of the stories of great-grandmother Chiarina come to mind: when in the morning, at five o'clock, around the stove, dozens of farmers and landowners fed on "Trippe accommodate con fagioli" (tripe with beans) or "Zimino di ceci” (chickpeas soup) or "Mesciuta di legumi” (mixed pulses), before stepping on the diligence, sitting on the mule or (more often) walking for hours to go to the hard work of the fields. Being here after all this time with the same commitment, certainly means not having disregarded the hopes of our ancestors, but above all, we have taken care of your needs for one hundred and fifteen years ... Our longevity is mainly due to the pleasure we feel when we meet your expectations.
Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
“Relax, eat, enjoy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

One of the most satisfying places to eat and stay for many many many miles around; it's not just the food - which is fabulous, copious and delicious - but also the ambiance of the witchy decor, the stacks of 1920's radios, the Casa di Tolleranza tarif-board reminding you of the building's seedier past...

Classic mountain dishes of variously meat, pastas, potatoes, vegetables, all swimming in delicious sauces with, of course, plenty of bread to mop it all up. Several courses later, you are guaranteed to end the evening feeling supremely full, warm, glowing and satisfied. Or end your lunch with an irrepressible desire to go for a digestive snooze in the sun, particularly after having consumed some lovely local vintage.

Highly attentive, Maria and her family are incredibly welcoming, humorous and friendly. You are treated as if you were a long-time member of the local community, as warmly as the old village regulars who fill out the restaurant every mealtime.

Have only just returned from the last trip to Molini, but am already looking forward to going back later in the year to Santo Spirito for another dose of how life should be.

  • Visited April 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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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
I am happy that your holiday in Molini was to his liking, it was my pleasure to meet you. We hope to see you soon
Ciao
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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The last of a disappearing world, the lost art of Ligurian mountain cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The last of a disappearing world, this amazing restaurant (it's also a hotel) distinguishes itself from other, more contemporary eateries nearby, by its mastery over the nearly-lost-for-good art of Ligurian mountain cooking. All produce is sourced from their land or their contacts, locally. Wines range from excellent Rossese (Macario) to very palatable local blends and single varieties. Food ... it's quite a treat but let's get into some detail. The usual full meal will consist of 2 plates of various starters (antipasti) which consist of a cold plate of tasters, then a warm plate (there are about 5 taster-size bites of different treats on each plate) but you don't have to have both - DO have the warm plate though, or you will miss a treat! Then comes a choice of about 6 dishes for "first course" (primo piatto) from home made ravioli to tagliatelle, to soup, to various other local pasta specialties. They are ALL good! Then to main course (secondo piatto) where you will be offered a choice of up to 6 dishes, ranging from "Ros' beef" (which is ACTUALLY not roast beef as we know it in the UK/USA but more like a carpaccio of beef, thinly sliced), wild boar casserole, deer, snails - totally different from French style snails, and really, really TASTY - chicken or guinea fowl (the smaller, tastier type of chicken, the one that has the pharaoh-style head feathers) or even lamb (a tastier type to typical NZ lamb which is usually served in GB) or other dishes, depending on time of year. Fish is rare here but at Easter, on 'Good Friday' you will be treated to some excellent fish dishes, and at other times of year, now and again, they show they can handle stoccafissu and bacala, ancient types of local fish cuisine. Maria-Chiara, the lady who usually greets and sits guests, then serves them; her brother Andrea, the chef, and their amazing parents (former chefs); and the delightful ladies who serve table add something ephemeral and magical to the wonderful menu. 100% recommended ... and over the years I have eaten there well over 100 times. I have never been disappointed.

  • Visited April 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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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your highly complementary review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the hotel . We have tried very hard to make sure that the care and attention we pay to our interiors is reflected in our service.
Ciao
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

A charming hotel with nice, simply furnished rooms ran by very friendly & welcoming people.
The hotel's restaurant serves exceptional Italian cuisine using local ingredients such as porcini mushrooms, wild boar & venison. Every night felt like a banquet, can't wait to return.

Visited October 2012
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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
thank you so much for sharing your impressions during your stay with us!
We are very happy that you had a great stay and enjoyed the time in our hotel!
We wish you all the best and would be happy to welcoming you back upon your next stay in
Molini di Triora
Mariachiara
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“Fantastic week, great authentic Italian food served by extremely friendly people.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Went on a mountain biking trip for a week and stayed at the hotel. It's restaurant is superb. Great food, very authentic and lots of it. People were so friendly with a great sense of humour. Hope to go back next year.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
thank you so much for your very kind comment.
It is a great pleasure to read how much you enjoyed you stay and that we were able to satisfy your needs!
We would be delighted to welcome you back in the not too distant future!
Mariachiara
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A taste of the real Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

13 of us stayed for a week while Mountain Biking with rivierabike.co.uk.
The hotel was very comfortable, the staff could not have been more helpful and we were treated to a 4 course dinner every evening with pasta, snails, wild boar, rabbit and all sorts of other local specialities and washed down with the hotels own wine.
Thoroughly recommended

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Thank you for your kind words,
we are happy that we suceeded in providing a nice stay for you.
It is our aim to satisfy all our guests and we are even more cheerful to get back such positive comments!
We hope to welcome you soon again,
Mariachiara
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