RESTAURANTS, BARS & CAFES -Surrounding Villages

It would be a crime to travel to the Nervia Valley and not taste the delicious regional specialities, which are very different from what can be found in France or even on the Italian coastline.  The hearty specialities of the valley involve game (wild boar, deer, rabbit), goat, lamb, cold meats, wild mushrooms, white Pigna beans and the local freshly-pressed olive oil, all washed down with the local Rossese di Dolceacqua red wine.  Try out some of the very filling and reasonably-priced Italian set menus including hot and cold starters, pasta, meat and dessert - some even include the typical Rossese di Dolceacqua wines!
A word of advice though if you take this kind of menu... go easy on the pasta dish and take your time, as otherwise you won’t be able to eat the dessert, which would be a great shame!
There are so many great restaurants to choose from in the Region but below are some of our favourites - Bon Appetit!
  1. Pizzeria dal Vecchio Forno - Isolabona
    Always lively, one of the best pizzerias in the area. Only open evenings, advise to book during the holiday season! Jugs of wine and draft beer are available……you can also taste local specialties.
  2. La Capanna da Baci - Apricale
    A lovely restaurant with excellent food and service making it a wonderful upmarket dining experience. Their selection of locally produced wines is also worth trying! Has an excellent reputation with the locals.
  3. Antico Frantoio - Isolabona
    The setting is just wonderful at the bottom of the mountain overlooking the river, very romantic. It has large outdoor areas for dining and lounging. Excellent tasting menu at 35 euros.
  4. La Rampa - Dolceacqua
    La Rampa on the square also does good reasonably prices pizzas and pasta’s and is usually open on Il Borgo’s closing day!
  5. Osteria Del Portico - Castel Vittoria
    A great little lunchtime restaurant. Four course set menu or a lesser number of the dishes of the day. Closed Monday. This is a very popular spot and is a family run place of many years standing.
  6. A Ciassa - Apricale
    Best to book! Food is very good, well priced antipasti dishes, pasta including a selection for vegetarians. Roast meats or rabbit stew, lovely homemade desserts, carafes of local wine, or selection of bottles.
  7. Locanda degli Ulivi - Dolceacqua
    The crisp white tablecloths, good local red wine and views down towards the sea. Course after course is offered, take what you fancy and try to eat your way through the lot.
  8. La Favorita - Apricale
    35 Euros for four courses or take just a couple of courses at a lesser cost. The best wines and the very best ingredients for a traditional menu with some seasonal specials. People travel from far afield to lunch here.
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  1. Ristorante Apricale da Delio - Apricale
    On a shady terrace offering an imaginative and delicious menu which changes every couple of weeks. It has attracted a variety of international food writers including Michael Winner from the Sunday Times.
  2. Il Bar Ristorante Gentile - Rocchetta Nervina
    A great place to eat, with local Ligurian cuisine and very reasonable prices. Both in winter months (wood stove lit) and in the summer (al fresco eating), the restaurant is always a delight.
  3. Il Rifugio di Artemide - Perinaldo
    This is a very special place to eat, totally tranquil, a world of green hills, soaring eagles and silence before enjoying many, many courses of traditional food and drink!
  4. Apricus Osteria & Bar - Apricale
    The menu has traditional Italian/Liguarian dishes, but with a modern twist. Romantic setting with great view over valley if you sit outside. Open early until late changing throughout the day.
  5. A Viassa - Dolceacqua
    Elegant restaurant with outside sitting area. A bit different to the other more typical restaurants, slightly more expensive too but the execution of the dishes and the style of the restaurant is a serious cut above!
  6. U Cian - Isolabona
    A refined and reasonably priced gastronomic menu that, puts quality before quantity. The setting is traditional yet glamorous, with great views over the valley. The delicious pasta course comes served in copper bowls!
  7. Casa e Bottega - Dolceacqua
    This place is absolutely amazing! Nice and quirky atmosphere, great local food, superb choice and excellent service. Do get an inexpensive carafe of the terrific light local red.
  8. I Gumbi da u Zena - Dolceacqua
    The food and service are outstanding. Great wine selection - well priced. Quiet and charming and of course, home made pasta! Old millworks inside are worth a look too.