Brez is actually a village consisting of 5 hamlets (fraziones). We were staying in Traversara and luckily for us, this restaurant, which is part of the only hotel there, was open. The daughter of our host said the locals don’t like it that much, as for Italian rural standards it’s quite expensive and upmarket. When we arrived, it did seem rather chic (host in full suit, fancy table with liquor). On the upside, the service was perfect, the host warm, friendly and welcoming. We felt he was genuinely pleased with our appreciation for the menu focusing on local produce. The prices were in fact almost urban prices and it was worth it! I had a suckling pig (Maialino) which was sumptuous, my husband had deer with polenta. The dishes are served in a progressive, advanced contemporary style. The interior was friendly and local. Local products are very much part of their style: local wines (also in half bottles, which is very handy if you’re not up for a full bottle), local meat and cheese. They had freshly made bread with herb butter, amuses of a zucchini flower deep fried in butter, and with my coffee (not having ordered a dessert) I got a platter with little chocolates that clearly were made by the chef. It is customary to charge a coperto (table charge) in Italy. For a coperto charge of 2 euros per person, and a total bill of 57,00 euros. I think this is a great deal! We also noticed both hotel guests as well as locals dressed up for a (romantic or with friends) night out, so atmosphere wise, it was perfect. We would have definitely come back if it was not for the fact that we spent most of our time there either hiking or cooking local food ourselves. We noticed the hotel bar was a local hotspot too. In short, I do recommend it.
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