On the outskirts of Laigueglia, almost to Capo Mele and the Andora border you will find this hospitable place with a lovely view towards Gallinara Island, Alassio and the further coast. The restaurant has been going since 1970 and seems to be in a time warp. Old fashioned can be a positive or a negative depending on your point of view. I mean it as a compliment, a place where courtesy, reliability and value are upheld and the clients are made to feel at home.
We had a very nice lunch there on a Friday afternoon. The antipasti frutta di mare kept coming until we had to say basta. Truthfully, some appetizers were better than others, but I felt comfortable with the quality of the seafood. There is no menu, but you are given some choices. At the outset, I was asked whether we wanted wine, and when I said bianco, Pigato or Vermentino, we were brought a bottle of decent but unexceptional Pigato already opened. I would have preferred to have an option of a better choice.
The appetizers were quite filling, interspersed with two kinds of foccacia and we opted for a primi piatti, spaghetti with clams for my wife, good, but not extraordinary, and I had a ravioli of seppia and other fish with tuna bottarga sprinkled on top which was truly excellent.
We were too full for dessert, and finished with good coffee and complimentary grappa with honey and an alternative of lemoncello. The bill for this copious feast was quite reasonable. A nearby table opted for a fritto misto which looked and smelled delicious. I would expect that second courses of fish would be quite pleasing.
II is nice to see an older couple continuing to serve their customers well in a table cloth and linen napkin setting as they have done for many decades. There is a time for nostalgia and tradition. Other chefs in the area may serve more creative and interesting food, but maintaining high standards from the past is also commendable.
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