May 11, 2008
Via Lunga, 16
(May 10, 2008 ) Now there’s a new reason to go back to Bordighera Alta.
We have always enjoyed wandering into this small, old town and had only found one restaurant, le Magiargé, for lunches there. Well, le Magiargé got a new chef and moved around the corner. It just doesn’t deliver quite the same experience anymore.
Now Janet and Franco introduced us to a wonderful alternative –la Cicala–tucked into an unexpected corner of one of the cobble-stoned streets. The young owners are friendly and talented.While we perused the chalkboard menu, a good sign that a chef is inspired by daily forages in the market, we nibbled on fried panisse and some of the best bread ever. A fish soup with curry; fresh anchovies, fried with melting cherry tomatoes on the side were our starters.The mains were pastas and baked sea bream so fresh that I swear they winked at us as we looked at the platter of fish brought out for our selection. No dessert is necessary here because the little cookies served with the coffee are then succeed by fabulous chocolates, some filled with zabaglione and some with a coffee cream.