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Acquasanta: Osteria dell'Acquasanta

via Acquasanta, 281 , Phone: Tel. 010 638035

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Rubber_Slippers_In_Italy from Italy, review #1320

When: 2005

Looking at the the warning signs for migrating frogs, one would never know that people from miles around come here for the delicious lasagnette al pesto.

Directions: 20 km from Genova, 6 km from the Voltri exit of A10, ss456

The road that leads to this unpretentious trattoria ascends gently toward the mountains from the main highway, but to find the place can be a little bit tricky. On a previous visit, we had to stop and ask for directions. "Cross the short bridge to the right, it's just around the corner from the parking area." To tell the truth, it was an unpaved path that branched downward to what looked like grandma's cottage in the woods. It is a quiet, and as I said before, unpretentious location. Looking at the little chapel that sits next to the river and the warning signs for migrating frogs, one would never know that people from miles around come here for the wonderfully delicious lasagnette al pesto. We've been to this place twice, and I can't ever get enough of this simple dish. And judging from the other diners around me, neither could they.

The Slow Food guide describes the cooking as homestyle with a few creative touches, but mainly dishes that are tied to the traditions of the land. Just to mention a part of the menu (it changes according to season). Primi (first plates): Tagliolini con sugo di funghi Ravioli alla genovese Lasagnette al pesto Gnocchetti di Crudo di Parma con burro e salvia Sformato di trevigiana con fonduta di gorgonzola naturale

For the second plates I opted for Carciofi in umido ripieni (stuffed artichokes) and my husband decided on a dish called Battuta di razza Piemontese. Served with nothing but olive oil, fresh lemon wedges, and hazelnut cheese, we had no idea that it would actually be a RAW piece of steak that was beaten to look something like steak tartare. My husband seemed a little surprised but ate it anyway. When he offered me a taste (and this is where my passion for italian food shows), I nearly gobbled that steak down. It was like eating a deluxe carpaccio! Other offerings for the secondi included mainly beef, veal, and pork, along with rabbit w/thyme and mustard and stuffed squid. Desserts, I believe, change according to the whim of the pastry chef. We finished the meal with a slice of sacher torte and Budino alla cannella con pere martine al vino (cinnamon pudding & baked pears in a wine sauce). Incredibly and sinfully delicious. Total cost including cover charge, water, wine, and coffee: 53 euros

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