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Levanto: Osteria Tumelin

Via D. Grillo, 32 , Phone: 0187 800629

Reviewed by: Suzanne Ferrio from USA, review #1541

When: 2005

A wonderful Levanto restaurant if you've craving seafood!

When Federico of Villa Margherita heard we wanted some seafood, this is the place he recommended. It was great! There are two inside dining areas with the kitchen in between as well as a large covered patio which was not in use when we were there in October.

One of my favorite dishes in the world is a good spaghetti with red clam sauce. Although I had seen it on the menu at several places in Tuscany, I did not order any hoping to find it once we got to Levanto. I was quite disappointed to not see it on the menu at Tumelin. They had several different pasta and seafood combinations; but, alas, no clams! Our waiter, who spoke a little English, could see that I was having difficulty finding a dish I wanted to order. So, between my very little Italian and his very little English, I was able to convey what I really wanted. He immediately asked if I wanted big clams or little clams - I replied little. White sauce or red sauce - I replied red. How wonderful - they were preparing something just for me off-menu. Needless to say, I was pleased!

We started with a great smoked salmon antipasti which we shared. Tom ordered the Pennette & Shrimp and, of course, I had the Spaghetti with Red Clam Sauce. It was sublime! The sauce was more of a light broth-type consistency, the best way I can describe it is some tomatoes cooked enough to release their juices then infused with clam juice. There were many clams in their shells on top. This dish was definitely worth the wait. We ordered their house wine (sorry, forgot to write down what it was) which is a bottled wine instead of the usual carafe. It was very good. We finished our meal off with a chocolate mousse desert that we shared - also very good. Light, airy, and just the right amount of chocolate. We then just relaxed with our cappucinos!

The evening we were there (Saturday) they were very busy - I would recommend reservations. It also appeared that there was a nice mix of tourists and locals. A very enjoyable evening!

Total cost: 61.50 euros

Reviewed by: Janet Zinn from NY, review #1076

When: 2004

Wonderful seafood in seaside Levanto

This was recommended to us as the best seafood restaurant in Levanto, and we were not disappointed. There are tables inside and a large covered patio outside with many tables. The seafood mixed antipasti is not to be missed--you can order it for as many people as are in your party. This seems to be the specialty of the house, as we saw almost every table ordering it...so we had to try it ourselves. The amount of food was amazing...we ordered the antipasti for two, and might have gotten away with ordering it for one. A table up is wheeled up to you with 12 or so little plates, including on our evening: stuffed mussels, octopus salad, shrimp with white beans, sun-dried tomatoes, bacala salad, razor clams, stuffed sardines, smoked swordfish carpaccio, fresh anchovies with lemon, and a smoked-salty-something or other fish we couldn't identify or translate. Each one was delicious. By the time this was over we were almost too full to eat our secondi: an excellent frito misto, and a panzotti with shrimps. Dessert was a shared panacotta caramel. With a bottle of Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, the bill came to a reasonable 90. Highly recommended!

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