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Alizia, Marrakesh

Rue Ahmed Chouhada Chawki
Off Avenue Echouhada
Morocco 40000
Tel: 212 24 43 83 60's insider take:

The bougainvillea-shaded front garden of this pretty little Hivernage neighborhood restaurant is one of the most pleasant places in town for dinner. The food is mostly Italian (excellent pizzas and pastas), but the main culinary reason to come here is the fish, from a niçoise-like salad with tiny fillets of red mullet (an appetizer that's big enough for a light main course) to a sole en papillote (wrapped in foil), to a sole and salmon roulade with spinach. In winter, the dining room has the feel of a country restaurant in France, with a crackling fire; in summer, it's an air-conditioned alternative to the garden. One of the reasons Alizia is so pleasant is its charming Moroccan proprietor, Madame Rachida, who spent five years living in London, speaks excellent English, and greets everyone (Hivernage denizens, members of the local diplomatic community, and tourists referred by their riads) as if they were old friends. Prices are reasonable; figure $70–$80 for two with wine.

Open daily noon to 3 pm and 7 to 11 pm.

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