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Acqui Terme: Trattoria Commercio

Via Mazzini


Reviewed by: JDeQ from Canada, review #2966

When: 2008

A simple trattoria featuring delicious regional foods.

Trattoria Commercio, photo by J DeQuetteville

This is not a spot that you will find written up in any tourist books; in fact, we discovered it quite by accident. We arrived in Acqui Terme at 2:00, got lost while driving to our B & B, and realized that we had forgotten the phone number for the B & B. We searched for the local tourist office only to discover that they were closed until 3:30. Hungry, we wandered the town looking for a place to eat only to find that most restaurants were closed. Heading down via Mazzini we found this spot to be opened and headed in.

The restaurant was full of locals who regarded us with some curiosity when we entered. Clearly this was a spot with ‘regulars’ as patrons were greeted with a torrent of Italian upon their arrival. We were seated and given menus. The service was prompt and personable. We both ordered pizza, wine, and sparkling water. The pizza was exceptionally good with thin crisp crusts. The bill came to 17 euro! We liked that even better.

We actually ended up eating there for dinner later during our stay. It was a similar situation – we discovered that most of the restaurants in town were either full or closed for the night. This time when we entered we were greeted far more warmly than we had been the day before – the server remembered us and even seated us at the same table with a huge smile.

Again we found the food to be simple, yet hearty. Paul ordered thin strips of grilled beef served on a bed of arugula with a side of roasted potatoes. I ordered ravioli with a butter and sage sauce with and salad. The food wouldn’t win any awards for being beautifully presented or for inventive preparation but was very good nonetheless!

The bill for our dinner (with sparkling water and a litre of wine) was 27 euro!

This is not a spot to go to if you want avant garde cooking, beautiful plating, or s stunning décor. However, if you want hot, solid food at very reasonable prices than I would check this spot out.

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