Winter in Borgomaro – Censin da Bea

[singlepic id=56 w=192 h=144 float=left]When thinking about Italy, sunny beaches, castles in the Tuscan hills, lush vineyards, Chianti and pizza spring to mind. When visiting most people only see hordes of tourists, especially in summer. What delight winter can be. Even the in summer overcrowded Riviera dei Fiori, riviera of flowers, is a tranquil place in February and a big surprise. At midday you can have lunches in the open air at sea, in the sun, with tasteful fish and white wine. You have the main tourist attraction all for yourself and in the background thick layers of snow on the nearby mountains.

[singlepic id=58 w=160 h=120 float=right]About 10 kilometres from Imperia, in Borgomara, you’ll find a true Ligurian gem, probably even in summer still undiscovered. It’s called Censin da Bea, a Ligurian restaurant hidden away from everybody who doesn’t know it’s there. Along the main street in Borgomaro a rusty gate gives access to a stairway leading down to the river. There you’ll find true Ligurian food. Self-made sausages are waiting for you as an appetizer. You can only order white or red wine. That’s it, the chef decides the rest.

[singlepic id=54 w=160 h=120 float=left]We got a great fishy dip sauce with vegetables as a starter. Between the bean soup with grilled lamb they served the best focaccia I’ve ever eaten, with superb strachino cheese along side. After that the big, really big, ravioli came on our table, filled with just herbs. Simple, but superb. For desert it was espresso with home made Limoncello, sugared almonds & homemade chocolates.

[singlepic id=57 w=160 h=120 float=right]The food, the ambience, the people, all together they made us return to Borgomaro several times already. Always during winter, to avoid the masses.

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