We have visited Sassello many times, stocking up on the excellent locally made amaretti biscuits and local fungi sold in a number of shops in this lovely village. New to us, however, was the Palazzo Salsole which was open for lunch on the day of our visit.
It is a charming restaurant in a beautifully restored 4 storey, narrow house in the historic centre.
We greatly enjoyed our meal, starting witth a shared plate of fungi fritti, delicately deep-fried slices of porcini in a light breadcrumb batter. This was followed by tagliatelle with fresh porcini (this was mushroom season after all!) simply but perfectly prepared. This was accompanied by a half bottle of Rossese di Dolceaqua, a delicious red wine from Liguria, little known in this country. As vegetarians, we were very well catered for, with a few options for us, although the menu features mainly meat. The emphasis is clearly on seasonal local produce.
The restaurant has a good wine list, all wines on it available to buy to take out with a 20% discount.
Service was extremely friendly and helpful. I was given a quick tour of the wine cantina and also shown the dining room on the first floor which was the old kitchen of the original house. Again, it was lovingly restored.
All in all a delightful experience and we will certainly return to the Palazzo Salsole for an evening meal next time we visit Sassello. Highly recommended.
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