Assirto Restaurant in Moneglia awarded by Forbes as “Meal of the Year 2015″!


As each year, Forbes has decided the list “Meal of the Year” for the year 2015 with the contribution of Larry Olmsted, an expert culinary journalist.
In this list we can find the “ten very best taste memories of 2015″ like Larry said in his article.
And according to his list, the best “Meal of the year 2015” is cooked by the Assirto Restaurant, located in Moneglia, a village close to the Cinque Terre, lying on the east coast of Liguria (also called “Riviera di Levante”): the dish awarded consists in a pork dish called Iberian Secreto.

This is how Larry describes his choice:

“Meal of the Year – Assirto, Moneglia, Italy: This one is a bit of an exception to my rule above, because it is off the beaten path and in a seaside town very few American tourists are likely to find themselves. But I included it here because it was simply the most unbelievable, fantastic and memorable meal of my entire year, with one of the best dishes I have ever tasted, and well worth a several hour long trip from almost anywhere in the region, which basically means Rome, Florence, Milan, Genoa, Bologna, Turin or even over the border in Nice. Moneglia is a small beach town on the Ligurian Coast just north of the much more visited Cinque Terre, for which it serves as a lower cost bedroom community, a short train ride away. I have found that the best restaurants are run by passionate visionaries, and Luca, the omnipresent proprietor, fits the bill. He has caused a bit of local controversy, though no international publication I have seen has ever taken note of the place, through his researched focus on historical Mediterranean cuisine. For this he goes way back to the region’s roots, and thus puts a big emphasis on things like salt cod that was received in trade with Portugal and Scandinavia, as well as the famous anchovies swimming just outside his door, a geographically protected IGP product.”

What makes the news very relevant for us is that the Assirto restaurant is an important partner of Primaterra srl, a local wine company affiliated to us, and serves its wines: those wines are produced in Cinque Terre and surroundings area. The success of Primaterra consist both in great white and red wines. They are named Harmoge, Carlaz,Primaterra Rosso,Cericò and Tonos.

If you would like to know more about Primaterra wines, please check our dedicated website:

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