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“local food and good family atmosphere”
Review of O Bansin

O Bansin
Ranked #61 of 203 Restaurants in Rapallo
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is family owned since 1907 and now spread though from one street to the next. Mostly locals and their platters looked magnificent, even better than our delicious treats. Minestrone is raelly a veg stew with basil pesto on top, yummy. fresh anchovies - opened flat, no bones in lemon sauce is a great starter too, as is shrimp salad. But those fresh seafood "misto" / mixed the locals ordered looked even better! rabbit stew was tough but tasty. Local wine rough and "heavy". All fish excellent. Save room for local pies/tart; cherry was juicy and the cutsard pine nut was remarkably good, and our waitress favorite. menu hand written Italian but they speak great English with occasional french food e.g. champignon for mushroom. funghini. about 25e/person with wine and three courses each. Generous portions too

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Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

If you want to have a decent meal without spending too much and still enjoy seafood or Ligurian cuisine, this is a good choice. Portions are the right size. The menu is varied. Service was good. I noted quite a few locals on cold May Wednesday night. I thought the minestrone was quite good while the linguine alle vongole was nice and light (not soupy or oily). I had the grilled sardines. Again very good but note this is simple local fare so don't expect elaborate presentations or exotic flavors. Decor is no frills. The price is right. First, second and dessert for two with the house wine and you should stay around €30 per person.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Antica Osteria Con Uso Di Cucina O Bansin dal 1907” to give it it’s full title!
One of our favourites. It’s away from the centre and slightly tucked away. The food is very good and rather cheaper than most, being patronised mainly by the locals. The surroundings are very unpretentious especially at the back (where we preferred to sit); so don't expect luxurious surroundings but rather a timeless sense of antiquity. , but the service was very good both times we went.

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We ate here several times during our stay in Rapallo and always enjoyed our meal. The menu is in Italian and so our transalation of it was a bit hit and miss but that was part of its charm! The service was fantastic and always helpful. It was lovely to eat away from the main touristy areas. We thoroughly recommend O Bansin.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

the restaurant is a traditional "osteria con uso di cucina" previously located in the small fish market square, not far from this little street of the old town. Established in the beginning of the last century it used to offer simple and unexpensive dishes made of popular and basic ingredients for the market workers and the clients who didn't have much to spend. Now it's a pleasant little restaurant that has increased the prices (but not excessively ) but still prepares traditional recipes of the wonderful cuisine of liguria. No luxe, no trendy atmosphere: little tables in an air conditioned room and some on the street. Ravioli di borragine col tocco di carne, stoccafissdo accomodato, coniglio alla ligure, polpo e patate and other nice dishess made with grace and balance. A good choice in Rapallo, where many restaurants are just" tourist traps"

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