La Sosta

La Sosta, near Pescaglia, is a bit of a drive from Bagni di Lucca, but is a great place for Sunday lunch.

La Sosta

The little restaurant is nestled into a pine forest beside a church.

La Sosta

There is an outdoor eating area for sunny days.

La Sosta

We visited on a cool autumn day and chose to sit in the cosy indoor area.

La Sosta

It isn’t a big room and it was soon packed.

La Sosta

The food is great! Porcini mushrooms and pumpkins are in season so it made sense to order some. The pasta below has pumpkin and spicy sausage…delicious.

Pumpkin risotto.

Scaloppine with porcini mushrooms.

La Sosta

Excellent fried vegetables.

La Sosta

The table next to us ordered a feast.

La Sosta

La Sosta

La Sosta is open through the week for dinner and Sunday lunch. It is in Pascoso,via Pescaglia or Fabbriche di Vallico.

Phone…0583 357657

A new Bar Italia

Bar Italia has been the heart of Ponte a Serraglio for decades. It was the first place I went to when I arrived in the village almost 15 years ago. I go there, or to Il Monaco, both belonging to hardworking Annalisa, every day when I am in my apartment. Annalisa is ably helped by her sister Suzanna and her team.

 

Bar Italia

Bar Italia has closed for a little while for renovations. Luckily, Il Monaco will take over until the new bar is ready. I don’t know where I would be without my morning coffee and sfoglia.

Bar Italia

There was a send off on the last night of the old bar and friends gathered for the party. I was not there, but others have taken photos to share. Thank you Paola, Paul and Collette.

Bar Italia

The plans for the new bar were discussed.

Bar Italia

Bar Italia

Here is a sneak peek at the new chairs.

Bar Italia

Several people chipped in to begin the demolishing of the old bar.

Last to go was the coffee machine.

Bar Italia

I hope the lovely lady stays.

Bar Italia

I wish Annalisa the very best and look forward to the brand new bar. I will be there for the grand opening. I’m sure there will be another party and everyone will be invited.

 

Il Biribisso

Il Biribisso in Granaiola has had a makeover. The outdoor area is looking great.

Il Birbisso

We ate under the cover of the terrace on a cool evening.

Il Biribisso

Il Biribisso

The food at Il Biribisso is excellent. I ordered the mixed grill.

Il Biribisso

Another in the party had a great pizza.

Il Biribisso

There was little of the shared tagliata left behind.

Il Biribisso

The evening view over the mountains is worth the visit to Il Biribisso alone.

Il Biribisso

The restaurant is opposite the Granaiola carpark, you can’t miss it.

Phone…0583 831081

Trattoria da Santina revisited

Santina’s restaurant in San Cassiano is a Bagni di Lucca institution. I have mostly visited in winter and been seated in the cosy room inside. My last visit was on a sunny Sunday and we sat on the terrace.

It was a bit hazy, but the view over the mountains to some of the other villages was lovely.

As usual the food was delicious. We started with bresaola.

Then the famous ravioli.

There was finely sliced roast pork and roast beef with delicious potatoes.

Santina San Cassiano

Who can say no to tiramisu?

…or apple cake.

Now that summer is here, go to Santina and sit on the terrace. Trattoria da Santina is in the Main Street of San Cassiano not far from the church.

 

Il Ghiottone

IIl Ghiottone is an unassuming bar and restaurant on the SS Brennero near Cocciglia.

They do a great lunch for just €10.

I had a prosciutto and mozzarella and delicious beans in an excellent tomato sauce.

My friend had a pork chop and a fresh salad.

Bread, water and wine are included.

Look out for the sign beside the road.

…and coming back the other way. I love this building.

Il Ghiottone means The Glutton. I think it is wonderful that there are so many places in Bagni di Lucca where delicious meals are offered at a great price.

 

Gelateria Fuori dal Centro

How lucky we are to have this fabulous gelateria right on our doorstep. Fuori dal Centro is on the SS Brennero near the turnoff for Fornoli.

The interior is bright and cheerful and the staff friendly and helpful.

There isn’t a huge flavour range, but you can be sure whatever you choose it will be delicious.

The freezer contains fabulous ice cream cakes to take home for later.

There is plenty of seating inside and out, so you won’t have to rush. Sit and savour this delicious gelato.

After one visit you may find it difficult to drive past without stopping.