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Sarzana: Il Glicine

Via Torrione Genovese , Phone: 0187.627113

Closing day: Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday

Reviewed by: Beebee from UK, review #1751

When: 2005

For vegetarians - A delightful restaurant in Sarzana - not a hint of meat in sight. (Pauline, take note!)

Directions: If you enter Sarzana from the Porta Parma, you will find the Via Torrione Genovese nearby to the right. The restaurant has a poster on an easel at the junction with the main road.

The restaurant is located in a medieval street near the Porta Parma. There is a large wisteria growing on the patio that extends above and across the street (Il Glicine translates as "the Wisteria") and in summer it is apparently possible to eat outside.

Inside the restaurant consists of one or two rooms painted SlowTrav cream with stencilled wisteria on the walls in a few places interspersed with posters and drawings from earlier periods. The atmosphere is intimate and charming without being kitsch, and the two women who were on duty were extremely helpful. We did not need too much help with the Italian language menu, but I got the impression that one of them could speak some English if we had needed help.

Using primarily organic ingredients, the food is pretty solidly vegetarian, although they may serve fish sometimes (there was no fish on the menu the night we were there).

Three of us enjoyed a 3 course meal of: ANTIPASTO: crostini (x 2) and salad PRIMI: Gnochetti with cheese, farro with carciofi and leeks, tortellini made with chestnut flour and pesto DOLCE: 3 x semi freddo (2 made with chestnut and with coulis of persimmon, 1 made from noce)

2 glasses of red wine and a bottle of water came to 63.

Every course was very good. I chose the farro dish (which was well prepared) to see if I would like it any better than the last meal made with farro and I decided that it's only just ok in my book, not stupendous. My spoonsful tastes of the other two dishes led me to conclude that they were both superior.

We found this to be a pleasant, unfussy restaurant in a place filled with elegant eateries. Not an earth-shattering, must-not-miss-this experience but very enjoyable nonetheless. And a nice change if you are a vegetarian.

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