Lunch at Cavallino Bianco in Benabbio

I had heard that there was a good restaurant in Benabbio so on a quiet winter Sunday I made my way to the hilltop village. Benabbio is about 5 kilometres uphill from La Villa. Take the road towards Abetone, turn right at the Benabbio sign and follow the winding road.

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The road to Benabbio.

There are some lovely buildings in Benabbio and some spectacular views, even in winter.

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It was easy to find the restaurant. It is right on the tiny piazza in the centre of the village

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The restaurant was full for Sunday lunch….a good sign.

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The menu was not written, but the very cheerful owner told me what was on offer for the day. I started with delicious antipasto.

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These little pillows of deliciousness are pasta fritta. It is a bread dough that is fried rather than baked.

For those who don’t like pigeons, here is your revenge, risotto al piccione. I do like pigeons, but I pushed my guilt aside.

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I was also given some home made pasta to try…..and it was very good.

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I watched some wonderful looking dishes being delivered and eaten very quickly at nearby tables. I clearly need to come back to try some of the other choices.

Dessert was too good to refuse.

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There is a downstairs bar as well as the upstairs restaurant.

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Here is the lovely man who served me. I didn’t catch his name. I really will have to go back.

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Cavallino Bianco, Piazza S. Maria, 13. Benabbio
http://www.ilcavallinobianco.com
(+39) 0583 804089