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We did not stay in the hotel. We went to the hotel's restaurant for lunch on Tuesday, September 27 because two trattorias where we wanted to eat were closed. True, we arrived very late, at 1:30 pm., but that is no excuse. We have had...excellent food served at the same time in many other places. The risotto was served lukewarm and tired. It obviously was scooped out of a pot cooked a couple of hours earlier. The veal scallopine and spezzatini di vitello with potatoes likewise were served lukewarm. The scallopine may have been cooked after we ordered them but they were two small oval portions and also not hot enough.More
This was my fourth visit and the experience was as positive as ever. Descendants of the ancient family who have run an inn in Varese Ligure since the 18th century serve the punters with great courtesy that is never familiar. Varese sets tremendous store by...its produce (there's a local, organic milk dispenser not far from Amici) and the restaurant makes abundant use of locally sourced ingredients. As we are in the mountains and away from the sea, the fare is largely meat (cured and fresh), game, cheese and of course mushrooms (mainly porcini) and you should take advantage of this other type of Mediterranean food. Amazing value for money too : the two of us ate starters, Primi, Secondi, dessert, coffee and my wife managed to squeeze a shot of local grappa in as well - all for 90 euros. By comparison we would pay similar if we ate at Frankie and Benny's in Tameside UK. Now F&B are a creditable chain but several leagues behind Amici.More
We went to this restaurant having read many good reviews, but what a mistake it was:
1) Anchovies- ok, highly acidic dish(containing 5 small pieces), good for the start
2) Duck- 4 small pieces of duck swimming in the pool of starchy sauce, inedible
3)...Pork-they said it's gonna be with cheese, but in reality it was similar to duck dish: small amount of actual food sinking in the sauce
All dishes came without garnish
After that we felt that we were still hungry and decided to order more food
4) tagliolini: horrible!!! Pasta with porcini and tomato sauce, with DRY porcini- it's september, how dare are you using dry mushrooms in Italy where you can easily buy fresh. Also, how can you possibly combine mushrooms and tomatoes???
5) Veal brain-5 pieces of brains(yes, they love this number), deep fried and served all alone without sauce.
What can I say, 60 euros for such boring food. You decide.More
In a small village of the mountains, we have found this restaurant from our guide book
Inside is very nice decoration, silver cutlery
I recommend the tortellini (really delicious) as starter and the osobuco! A delight
Staff speaks a bit English but enough to be...understood
As for the house wine, but disappointed as it was oxidizedMore
If you want picturesque villages clinging to cliffs, but without having to elbow yourself through crowds of fellow tourists, head up into the mountains above Sestri Levante. If you are not driving, you will have spectacular views all the way. If you're driving and have...to watch the road, you should stop from time to time and have a look around. And then you come to the calm little town of Varese Ligure, where you will find first class traditional food in a hall that could as well be from a pension in the 19:th century. This is slow-food at its best. Local ingredients, traditional recipes, calm friendly service by the family, you are surrounded by locals and Italians from further away who know where to get really good food. When you leave, you feel you have finally been to ITALY, in the best sense.More
Thank you, to the family and staff at Amici. We were unable to make our final reservation due to illness, and we are still sad about it. Our previous four meals were wonderful. The food was great, the gentle manner of the owners was welcoming,...and the atmosphere was traditional but not stuffy. I have been lucky to have had a few meals in my life that surpassed the few we had here (and to which I would give five stars) but they came at much greater cost and much more pretension. And I would gladly trade one of those for a meal at Albergo Amici. Grazie mille.More
This fabulous restaurant is a haven, time stands still, all is calm, all is good with the world. The food is just perfect, the wines good, the service is charming. In some ways it is modern, in others it recalls a slower age. It's been...here, run by the same family for over 250 years - and it will be here in 250 years time.More
just sorry it closes for Christmas on 23/12. I was planning to take my wife and kids so impressed I was. Discrete but friendly service and the food was excellent. We chose dishes from the area - tagliatella ai funghi, ossobuco and roast veal. The...chef avoided plumping for generic "savoury" flavours - you could taste the fresh mushrooms and the sauce that came with the veal had real depth and complexity. Side dishes of sauerkraut and boiled beets and chick peas, a quarter of a litre of local red (I was driving) and blackcurrant tart made with the most mouth-watering shortcrust pastry came to just shy of 60 euros for two - or less than we would have paid at Franky & Benny's in Ashton-under-Lyne. Fabulous.More