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“A Good Old Fashioned Restaurant”
Review of Ristorante Bri

Ristorante Bri
Ranked #126 of 157 Restaurants in Varazze
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 4 October 2011

Some of the recent reviews are pretty harsh. Our experience at lunch today was quite pleasing. I think you have to be in tune with the personality of the place and the owners and prepared to pay for fresh fish. Overall, I think their inclusion in Michelin is justified, but clearly this restaurant is not for everyone. The restaurant aspires to high quality, and on this day they delivered.

First, it is an old family owned establishment, and the owners are proud of the fine quality of their fresh fish and perhaps somewhat enthusiastic in showing you what is on offer. It is true that most of these denizens of the deep will set you back 60 to 70 Euros for two persons..But that is true of many restaurants in resort areas. On a warm early Fall day, the outdoor terrace was a pleasant place to enjoy lunch. The inside restaurant looked inviting for the evening.

While you are presented with a menu, there are rather strong suggestions of what might be good choices. I can see where some people would rather sit back and make their own choices. We declined a seafood appetizer course, but were presented with a complimentary small one, a good quality white anchovy and a small preserved sardine on a crouton.

From the first courses, we were encouraged to try the lasagna with pesto, and it was quite excellent. I realize every town, and perhaps every family in Liguira has their own version, but this dish was remarkably light, quite tasty and not overbearing.

From the fresh fish tray we selected an Orata, and the massive fish was filleted and presented in a classic Ligurian presentation, some diced potatoes, lovely black olives, parsley in a small pool of good olive oil. The dish is simple, unadorned and is a direct descendant of something the owners' fisherman grandfather might have prepared at home for a celebration. I suspect on most days it would be sold as part of his livelihood.

For dessert, we opted for, and enjoyed, a delicious peach sorbet. Afterwards, the owner gave us a complimentary sampling of a delicious vanilla custard with berries and cherries, another choice she had recommended. It was an equally pleasing dolci. A fine cup of espresso completed the meal.

In comparison with a number of other restaurants we have tried in the region, the wine list seemed a little narrow; still we were quite happy with a Lupo Pigato from Albenga at 20 Euros, a very fair price. There were several other choices that would have been quite suitable.

Yes, the fish prices are a little steep, but all of the other courses, by contrast, are quite reasonable. The overall quality is good, the welcome is genuine and this family merits their loyal customers. Those of us passing through are also greeted cordially. The enthusiasm for particular dishes seems more a desire to show the restaurant's strengths rather than a marketing ploy.

We were very glad we gave Bri a try, and would go back when we are in the area. Varazze has some charm; a stroll through the budello is rewarding and this makes a nice outing between Savona and Genoa.

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Reviewed 19 September 2011

We went last Saturday to Bri restaurant on recommendation by the hotel’s staff. The outside terrace is nice so we asked for a table there which we got immediately.
As soon as we seated, an old lady, presumably the owner, immediately brought 2 trays with fish/lobster etc. to our table, pushing us to make a quick order on her recommendations. When we asked for the menu, she said she has told us what is on the menu.. well we made our order for a starter which we discovered, at time of the bill, that was not available on the official menu and we ended up paying for each of the starter €25!
For the next course, and again we a sense of rush/push by the lady, we ordered linguine either with vongole or with seafood, she stated that she uses linguine only with lobsters (perhaps an attempt to make us ordering such plate?) and normally vongole or seafood would go with spaghetti but we insisted to have linguine instead of spaghetti and she finally agreed. we specifically asked to have al dente. When we got our plates, linguine were more of tagliolini make, they were indeed al dente as we wanted but test of my linguine with vongole was like garlic and oil sauce, there were vongole in the plate but no test, actually my linguine were floated in the oil and I removed like 10/12 pieces of sliced garlic from the plate, not a great dish to my beleive.
I tested the linguine seafood taken by my wife and again test was flat. If we were given more time to think to what food to order perhaps we could have elected to go for fresh fish which looked good when served at other tables. The sense of rush we got to make our order was not appreciated as we felt pushed and eventually we regretted our plate’s choice. I would not go back, too fast, too furious!

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Reviewed 4 June 2011

The restaurant is a lovely building and they have a good spot outside however don't be fooled, the trick here is that as soon as you walk in the meter is ticking. They attempt to bring water (chargable), they automatically bring bread which is normal in Italy however at 8 euros this is a rip off, the owner very kindly prepared a started for two which we did not order and thank fully we did not eat this once we saw the bill, there was a lot of pressure to eat the fish we did noy want and I ended up with a very expensive steak which I have not ordered. All in all, I would avoid this very overpriced restaurant unless, like we found, everywhere else has already closed!

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Thank Marius36
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Reviewed 18 September 2009

fish restaurant of the highest quality. Excellent wine list. Mostly fixed menu but with choice of mains

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