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Liguria, flavors suspended between land and sea

A fragrant and mouthwatering region that bewitches you with its olive-covered sides and emerald profile.

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Walk into the green of olive groves and vineyards, of aromatic herbs, of the legendary pesto. Get cozy at the table to experience the incredible condiment, made of basil, pine nuts, garlic and pecorino cheese, with its penetrating aroma, with which "trenette" (oval-section spaghetti) is seasoned. The green sauce and walnut sauce are also delicious.

Try the "pansoti," filled with ricotta cheese and a combination of herbs; lasagna in perbureira (earthenware pot) in meat broth, with pancetta and borlotti beans; "mesciua," a soup of chickpeas, beans and wheat; and farinata and panissa, both made with chickpea flour.

Order the Ligurian-style rabbit with herbs, pine nuts and taggiasche olives (originating in Taggia, in the province of Imperia, and squeezed to produce a low-acid extra virgin oil), and the Genoese-style "cima", stuffed with eggs, peas, sweetbreads, breadcrumbs and marjoram.

Enjoy fish, cooked fried, grilled, in buiabessa and in ciuppin (soup), cod, "buridda" (fish stew with peas), "cappon magro" (fish and vegetable salad), "musciame" (dried fish fillets) and gianchetti (anchovy or sardine fry).

Save a little place for fried scorzonera (wild herb) and focaccias, such as Sardenaira, with tomatoes, onions and anchovies, and focaccia di Recco, with fresh cheese.

Followed by wine, with heroic vineyards: Colli di Luni, Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà, Colline di Levanto, Golfo del Tigullio, and Rossese di Acquadolce are some of the area's "standard bearers."

A sample of shortbread cakes, pandolce, and jam-filled Spongata, and you can salute this paradise of flavors. 

Discovering the tasty Riviera di Ponente

Discovering the tasty Riviera di Ponente

The itinerary unfolds along the Via Aurelia, with delightful promenades and delicious local produce. In Albenga, fine local vegetables, such as purple asparagus, trombetta zucchini, thorny artichoke and ox-heart tomato, add special flavor to the simplest dishes, whereas in Alassio you will find baci, created from the original recipe of Vittorio Emanuele III's pastry chef, filled with a chocolate cream. 

In Oneglia, indulge raw or blanched in the highly sought-after purple-headed shrimp, sweet and fragrant, as well as the focaccia pizza baked with onions and an anchovy paste called "pissala", also called the "Pizza all'Andrea" ("piscialandrea") in honor of Admiral Andrea Doria, lord of the Republic of Genoa in the 16th century, who was a native of the Ligurian village.

In Imperia it is among the typical cheeses that you will find Alpeggio di Triora and on the wine front, Pigato, Vermentino, Ormeasco, Rossese and Rossese di Dolceacqua.

Reach Sanremo where street food comes into play, for example the Torta verde (green cake), with a filling of rice and seasonal vegetables; among the appetizers, the stockfish "brandacujun" (creamed) presented as a spreadable cream to be eaten at the very beginning of the meal, with potatoes and Taggiasca olives. As a main course, give the rabbit alla sanremese” (or rabbit with olives) a try, and for desserts, in addition to the baci, which are typical of the area, try the "Torta de ciavai", a delicacy with zabaglione and cream, flavored with curacao.

Typical dishes

Typical dishes

Trofiette with pesto

Try this signature dish of Ligurian cuisine, ideal for those who love fresh homemade pasta. Serve them with pesto, a true gastronomic "must" of the region - so called for being crushed in a marble mortar - taking care to use Genovese basil and "Riviera Ligure" extra virgin olive oil, and with potatoes and green beans. A bit of trivia: the term "trofie" in the region is used to refer to gnocchi. Trofiette, on the other hand, have a totally different shape: they are thin, elongated and twisted.

The Ligurian Castagnaccio

During autumn, this is a traditional sweet that can't be lacking on Ligurian tables. A true delicacy with a distinctive taste and aroma, born in the Apennine areas and then spread throughout the region, prepared with chestnut flour, pine nuts and sultanas. A cake that is steeped in legend and seems to conceal a love potion.

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