Thanks allende. After looking more closely at Noli, I realized it's not what we're really looking for, down home straight forward cooking. Conchiglia D'Oro looks perfect and it's close to where we're staying.
My family and I are driving to Liguria from France the Wednesday before Easter. We're driving back on Easter Sunday. May be a mistake, but we want to beat the traffic, our drive is 4 1/2 hours with no traffic but traffic can easily add 90 minutes or more. We're staying at an agriturismo near the coast between Imperia and Diano Marina. I find using Trip Advisor to be a bit of a hall of mirrors. I was more grounded in a "real food" reality reading the outer boroughs posts for NYC when we lived in Brooklyn. I fondly remember the posts about Di Farra's in Midwood. They were like epic poems to a pizza and it's maker.
We were in Piemonte last summer and had a truly great meal at Osteria la Torre in Cuneo and our kids loved it. Our two boys 8 & 10 seem to be able to handle a long meal in a family friendly environment.
Any suggestions either on the coast or up in the hills would be appreciated.
We're leaving a day early, tried to get through to Osteria Veglio but with no answer. Going to try again from the road tomorrow as well as Osteria la Torre since we're staying about 20 minutes between the two in Vergne for our first night. Then we move north for the rest of our stay to an Agriturismo between Poirino and Asti.
I'm looking for local restaurants, that are not necessarily "gastronomic", more local family restaurants. I read about a restaurant right on one of the plazas of the market in Asti, don't have the name in front of me, but it's as simple as "restaurant of the market" it's mentioned in Fred Plotkin's book. (latest edition ) When I looked it up on the web, it didn't seem to match the description. I'll find the name and post it tomorrow. Anyone know of or have experience with this restaurant? It was mentioned as being one of the oldest restaurants in town and very simple in it's decor.
We plan to go to Torino to check out the cafés, chocolates, Ice cream... we might eat too. I think we'll skip eataly this time to avoid the mall-like experience. I have to buy some coffee beans to take back with us, the coffee where we are living near Geneva is not very good and I'm fiending for my old Vienna Sumatra roast from Porto Rico on Bleeker Street.
I'm also thinking of driving towards the coast into Liguria. So any out of the way-up a mountain/dirt road-national park etc.- country restaurant you might know of either in Piamonte or Liguria (towards Savona) will be much appreciated.