I absolutely loved this place, and am surprised by the lackluster reviews.
After surveying the menu options at practically every restaurant in Santa Margherita Ligure in a craving-induced quest for penne arrabiata, I stumbled on Cesarina happenstance as the manager was unlocking the front door (I thought he was the owner, but he later told us the owner is the Chef). I scanned their menu then declined his exuberant invitation to dine there, stating I was desperately seeking arrabiata. "No problem, we will make for you. Whatever you wish, we will make." he insisted, an offer I couldn't refuse. It was not quite the dinner hour yet, the restaurant did not open for an hour, but he invited us to have aperetif inside until the kitchen opened, we declined but noted the gracious offer and returned for dinner a couple hours later.
The meal was excellent, beginning to end. The appetizers, wine, and service were all impeccable, but the real highlight was the homemade impromptu penne arrabiata, which was absolutely spectacular. Easily one of the best pasta dishes I have ever indulged in - it was nothing short of amazing.
I highly recommend this place. And if they don't have what you're looking for on the menu, just ask. You won't be disappointed.
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