Travelling with White cuisine
As white as freshly milked milk, its cream, cottage cheese, more or less matured cheeses. And white as leeks, garlic, turnips, potatoes, sugeli (traditional gnocchi), raviore (herb tortelloni), bruss (cream cheese): this is the road of white cuisine, a food and wine itinerary along the flavours of transhumance, which crosses the civilisation of the Maritime Alps' malghe (shepherd's cottages) and has its capitals in Liguria at Mendatica and Montegrosso Pian Latte. It stretches between Liguria and Piedmont, connecting the Ligurian municipalities of Cosio d'Arroscia, Pornassio, Triora, and finds its natural completion in La Brigue - in the Department of the French Maritime Alps - and in Briga Alta - located in the Province of Cuneo.
Arrival in Mendatica
To get to Mendatica, exit the motorway at Imperia town and from there follow the signs for Pontedassio to continue on state road 28 north towards Pornassio. Immediately after the village, turn right and the signs will take you straight to the village of Mendatica. The village is linked to the tradition of sheep farming and this link is immediately evident to visitors.
Montegrosso Pian Latte
A nine-minute drive along the provincial road takes you to Montegrosso Pian Latte, mentioned in medieval sources as
Cosio di Arroscia
Another gastronomic route from Mendatica will take you to Cosio di Arroscia, following provincial road number 3 and passing the Adventure Park. The village has been inhabited since pre-Roman times and the population has always been dedicated to agriculture and transhumance. Traditional dishes here include Cosio raviore, which are larger and cooked on the oven floor.