Ristorante Silvio La Storia a Tavola came highly recommended, so on lovely autumn Sunday we headed out of Bagni di Lucca on the Brennero road. The tiny hamlet of Pianosinatico is not far past Cutigliano, on the way to Abetone.
When you see this memorial to fallen soldiers, you know you have arrived in Pianosinatico.
It was a hazy autumn afternoon, but you can see some of the colour in the mountains.
The entrance to the restaurant doesn’t give much of an idea of the delights to be found inside.
We thought it was just a bar, but we went inside and asked for a table for 4 and we were directed through to the restaurant.
We left ourselves in the hands of the very helpful waiter and were delighted with the dishes that arrived……and kept on coming. We began with antipasto.
The next one doesn’t look much and the photo is a but fuzzy, but the potato with a truffle sauce was heavenly.
Best of all were the fresh, raw porcini mushrooms. We were instructed to squeeze lemon on them, followed by a little black pepper……perfect.
Next came porcini mushroom soup.
Then rice with capsicum and a light and delicious pecorino sauce.
Crepes with ragu.
Gnocchi with truffle sauce.
We were fairly full by now, so much so that I forgot to photograph the next dish…..pasta with eggplant and 2 types of onion….ooops.
Despite being stuffed we managed dessert…..pannacotta with fruit.
Take a drive through the gorgeous mountains around Bagni di Lucca and stop for lunch at Silvio la Storia a Tavola….you won’t be disappointed.
Debra you’ve done it again! Fab photos and what a wonderful restaurant – we’ve added this to the ever growing list of places you’ve been to that we too will now visit. If we may, when we visit each place we’ll give you a little report on what we had to eat and drink. Drooling.
I’m sure you will love this restaurant. Just leave yourselves in the hands of the waiter. I would love to hear your impressions of the places you visit.
How marvellous. I could almost lick the pictures! Everything looks as if it would have been superb and I consider that desert would have been a proper reward for showing reverence to the beautifully prepared ingredients.
The desserts were much too good to pass up.
Umm, yes, we’ll, ahem, if one was actually in the desert just think how sobbingly grateful one would be for dessert… I imagine, that is….
No evening meal needed after a lunch like that! Your description shows again just how important the first hand referrals are.
I was hungry before I read this….I ‘m ravenous now. Che pranzo….! And it looks like it was a perfect day for a drive too.
It was a great day. We went to Cutigliano as well, which I will talk about another day.
We have not been there, so we added it to the list. It looks great. Thank you, Debra.
I think you will like this one, the food was great, and you can order just one or two courses if you wish.
Looking forward to the post on Cutigliano. We went there a couple of years ago on the way to what proved to be an abortive trip to Abetone – the snow being too much for our little hire car that day. Having spent some time in Switzerland I was struck by how ‘alpine’ Cutigliano is, at least in the winter. Someone told me that there is cable car access to ski slopes from Cutigliano and that its a popular place with people from Florence.
Thanks for another great post! I have barely heard of this hamlet. We’ll surely pay it a visit first thing when we return in March.
You will love it. Blink and you will miss the town, look out for the soldier.
We are heading there for lunch tomorrow… Thanks for the suggestion!