Le ombre rosse – our small Paris’ corner

le ombre rosse

In late June when at lunch you wish to stay outside but the merciless sun is already too hot, I love eating at “Le Ombre Rosse”, a very small restaurant in the heart of the historic center, few steps far from the San Lorenzo Cathedral, a place graced by a big shady garden.

It seems to be in Paris. I don’t really know why: maybe because of the round wrought-iron tables, maybe because of the tall railing wrapped up with scented jasmine, maybe because of the way the sun crosses the leaves before touching the ground. Maybe only because a garden in the heart of the narrow alleys of Genoa historic center is a rarity and everything exotic and elegant always remembers me Paris.

I like Le Ombre Rosse because sat at the table you can see also some tourist, and this makes me feel on holiday, even for less than one hour.

The kitchen – so amazingly small – offers a simple but well thought out menu.

There are vegetarian dishes, vegan dishes, gluten-free dishes. There are dishes near to our culinary tradition – such as troffie with anchovies sauce (colatura di alici), fresh tomatoes and pesto – and dishes born from the chef’s fantasy. In any case all the dishes have in common fresh, seasonal, organic, whole and possibly zero kilometers ingredients. A conscious menu without sacrifices then.

The waiting service is fine. The managers are a couple of young smart guys who do not take themselves too seriously. They are usually very quick and if at the peak of the lunch break they delay few minutes they apologize with a self-ironic joke.

A very light and pleasant place.

I was forgetting: the place is also charming in its tiny indoor. It is decorated as a Genoese home, with antiques tables and cupboards, master paintings on the walls and books, so many books! Cooking books, art books, books on Genoa… also a perfect place to lost yourself in loneliness, even for less than one hour.

If you wish to try it, the address is the following:

Le Ombre Rosse

Vico degli Indoratori, 22 – 16123 – Genova

Telephone : 010 2757608.



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