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“Step Back In Time”

Ristorante Santo Spirito
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $37
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
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.
Reviewed May 22, 2012

After a long and tortuous but beautiful drive to Triora, marveling at the 119 meter high Loreto Bridge, and thinking “this is the true bridge to nowhere” we started back down toward Molina di Triora. It was 7:30, the official dinner hour in Italy it seems, and Santo Spirito beckoned.

My wife and I entered and were immediately transported back 100 years. We were greeted warmly and a huge open dining room, with 20 foot ceilings and rows of simple tables and very comfortable straight back chairs awaited us. On the walls hung racks of interesting and beautiful plates and platters, and copper vessels of all description. A large black pot belly stove sat on the time worn but spotlessly clean wood floors. This was not a chain restaurant with fake “antiques”- this establishment has been in the same family since 1897, and we quickly realized with anticipation that this was the real deal. Several of the tables were already set with platters piled high with salads and plates of appetizers. As it turns out, these were for the overnight guests, who from the looks of things were fed until they dropped. Another table was set for a birthday party. Near the center of the room sat a table laden with cakes and cheeses.

We were seated and opened the menu. Water was requested and it came not in a bottle from San Pellegrino, but in what looked like an old vinegar bottle - so cold, clean and delicious that there was no reason for bottled water. After all, the local torrente (stream) is so pure that if it is not bottled commercially, it should be. House wine by carafe came in a similar bottle.

Many of the traditional Ligurian dishes were on the menu, and my wife and I decided to try the cinghale (wild boar) and the coniglio (rabbit). The menu has á la carte prices , but one can have a set menuu in virtually any combination of dishes (i.e. appetizer and first, appetizer and second, first and second, etc.) for a low price, usually €18 or so. I ordered appetizer and secondo (main course) and my wife ordered primi (pasta), and secondo. That way we shared and tasted without ordering too much food. The special pasta that night was lasagna with pesto, and each dish was enough for 2 people to each have a nice portion ( the lasagna enough for four). We ate heartily, and finally were finished ,or so we thought, when we were asked if we would like salad, but we were pretty full. Our agreement to “just a little” brought crisp and fresh greens to the table, dressed perfectly, just enough to cap things off.

After a wonderful dessert, we sat back, sipped our coffee and took in the tableaux unfolding around us. The room was about half full, this being shoulder season, but gently bustling. Over at the party table, the cake was served, gifts presented, and a friendly little dog would not stop licking her owner. Overnight guests ambled in bit by bit after a day of hiking. One could see that all were in good spirits. Grandmother in her white apron popped in and out of the kitchen, smiling. Finally Maria came to the table with a bottle of house made limoncello and two glasses. How could we refuse? We sipped and relaxed, not wanting to leave. In that room, time seemed to stand still, in the best possible way. It could have been 1912, not 2012. Really and truly.

The whole bill for 2, including hot and cold appetizers, primi, 2 secondos with sides, dessert, and wine, came to €49. On top of all this love, our meal was a real bargain.

Molina di Triora is not exactly on most people’s beaten path, but if you can visit this wonderful part of Northern Liguria, you will not regret spending a few hours in this memorable and hospitable place.

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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2012

Thank you for placing your review.
We are pleased that you found enjoyable meal in our restaurant.
We are happy to read that you are satisfied and we have good memories of you
Thank you once again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Mariachiara

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Reviewed May 15, 2012

This place is truly special, It has been going since 1897 and has all the local charm that you would expect from an Italian mountain village. The food is superb & all freshly made by the chef and the family that run it are very friendly & helpful, you don't need to speak Italian to give this a try.

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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2012

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.
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This place is unique! Top food, really unusual, old style Italian, lost in time, thank god, it was lovely and the owners are memorable, the elegant signora between table and her brother slaving away in the kitchen. Magic place! ate there 3 times in 1 week, so so good.

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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2012

Dear Guest,

many thanks for the wonderful words you spent for us.
It's a very pleasure to read that you enjoyed our restaurant.
We really hope to have you once again here as our appreciated guest,
thanks once again for the survey
Best Regards.
Mariachiara

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Reviewed March 25, 2012

WOW ... the BEST! Without doubt the best in Molini di Triora, which is hard, as the other one is amazing also, and probably the best in the entire valley Argentina! You MUST have the warm antipasti; you must try the various primi, and the secondi ... mouth-watering. The greatest thing is the family who run this are authentic, local restauranteers who have been at it, here, for over 100 years. Maria, the main lady is ... divinity made flesh! I envy local Italians having this great place to themselves.

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Bellamora65, Proprietario at Ristorante Santo Spirito, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2012

Thank you for the time you spent completing this magnific survey about your recent stay at our property.
Your feedback is very much appreciated and we can assure you that we will use all the information you pointed out to do our best.
Thanks once again,
Best Regards.
Mariachiara

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Reviewed October 30, 2017
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