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“Awful”

Ristorante Appennino
Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in Pontremoli
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 30 June 2017

I am totally baffled at the positive reviews this place has on TripAdvisor. This hotel is just about the only one to stay at if you are walking the Via Francigene after Berceto. And this is a terrible shame, because the hotel is terribly run down. It is an awful place to have to stay and worse still to eat. Once upon a time all traffic heading over the Appenines had to drive past this hotel. Then came the motorway in the 1960s and, suddenly, there was no reason for its existence. Traffic now speeds along valley viaducts and through tunnels. The result is that the owners are stuck with an unsalable hotel that hardly anyone visits. They take no pride in what they do.
The first impression is that no investment appears to have been made in the hotel since the 1960s. This can be seen in the paint work, the tiles, the fittings. The corridors are dismal. Our bedroom was ancient, with a view of a roof – an amazing achievement in an empty hotel surrounded by mountains. The bathroom was decrepit, the shower antediluvian. Although there is a magnificent menu, it is a case of eating what they feel they want to cook. There is seating for over one hundred. We were the only visitors. Our meal was abysmal. Starters was overcooked squares of store bought pasta with pesto sauce, probably from a bottle. There then came unpleasant looking veal, disgusting polenta and resurrected roast potatoes. My wife did not touch the veal or the potatoes. The only good thing was the wine, from the proprietor’s own vineyard.

The worst thing of all is that the proprietors are mean. When we ordered a beer on arrival it came without any snacks, the first time we had encountered this in rural Italy. I asked for some cheese. It was stale and I was charged €4. The lady of the house was visibly annoyed that we arrived at breakfast before the allotted time. Breakfast was absolutely abysmal: coffee, fruit juice from a bottle, plus stale bread, sachets of Nutella, honey and cherry jam and butter. That is all. No cereals, no pastries, no cakes, no croissants, no eggs, no ham or meats. Not good when you have a very long trek in front of you.

A tip to all tourists to Italy. Although you may have sensibly purchased a continental adapter to charge your mobile phone etc, in Italy electrical sockets come in two sizes. You may find that your adapter does not fit. However, if there is a hairdryer in the room you may find that it is fitted with an adapter for the socket in your room. Remove this and use this instead of your own adapter.

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Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Have stayed here twice now and it's one of the best hotels in this area. The family who owns & runs the restaurant is truly some of the warmest people I have ever met. The food is wonderful and everything is homemade. They take pride in this and it shows. Next year I will be back!!!
Love Estelle & Richard

Thank Estelle S
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Reviewed 18 September 2015

Stopped here while on the alternate route from La Spezia to Parma. An excellent choice. The menu features mountain specialities, like cinghiale (boar) and fungi ( mushrooms). Served by the owner, all in Italian. Throughly enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, the hospitality and the view.

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Thank Edward W
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Local cuisine prepared with excellent quality ingredients and care.

The restaurant is at the heart of Montelungo, a lovely historical village on the ridge of the Appennine Mountains. It is family owned and has been operating since the late 1800's. It has ample space inside as well as a nicely shaded large area otside. The inside is worth a visit for the historical photos and documents displayed on the walls and a display table.

The antipasto included prosciutto, salami, coppa, small pieces of torta d'erbe ( a delicious vegetable 'tart'), porcini mushrooms, tiny onions, and two types of absolutely delicious fritters: the first made with flour and chopped zucchini flowers, and the second with naturally sweet chestnut flour only.

There were many choices for the first course - all of them locally well-known. We chose the vegetable ravioli ( or tortelli) served with olive oil and grated parmigiano reggiano and tagliatelle with two sauces: one with fresh porcini mushrooms and the other with wild boar. The portions were abundant and delicious.

We could have stopped at the first course but the owner (Alberto), suggested we try a mixture of meats for the second course: lamb chops (breaded and fried), wild boar and side orders of baked potatoes and tomato salad. We thanked the owner for the suggestion.

We chose the locally made house wine - a fruity red which complemented the meal very well.

We finished with some of the house deserts (crostata and panna cotta) and espresso coffee.

A wonderful meal at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended.

Thank Renato T
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Very welcoming and homey restaurant/inn with beautiful outdoor seating on the road over the Apennines. Home-cooked cuisine includes torta d'erbe, a vegetable tart containing fresh picked greens and/or potatoes, testaroli, a local pancake-like pasta, and other specialties. Charming lunch spot after a long-drive.

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Thank BronxSteve
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