New menu at Palio l’Osteria

A lucky group of people was invited to Palio l’Osteria, the new restaurant in Ponte a Serraglio, to sample the new menu. Each month a brand new menu is introduced.

In August diners can look forward to…

Trout carpaccio, beef carpaccio, pasta with cinghiale ragu, risotto con polpo with red onion and much more and some delicious desserts.

The beautiful terrace is open for wonderful summer evenings.

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

The new restaurant is a great success. Thank you Moe for sharing photos of a fun evening.

Here is the new menu for August.

Here are another couple of events coming up in Bagni di Lucca.

The regular antique and second hand market will happen in La Villa 29th July.

Bagni di Lucca

On Sunday 12th August is the walk along the old mule trails with interesting stops along the way.

Bagni di Lucca

The opening of the pool.

Enjoy summer in Bagni di Lucca.

Palio L’Osteria, Ponte a Serraglio’s new restaurant

Ponte a Serraglio has a brand new restaurant Palio L’Osteria..and it is excellent. The restaurant is part of the Hotel Nazionale (formerly Hotel Corona) which will open soon after extensive renovations.

Osteria Palio

The restaurant looks wonderful. The dining room is elegant…everything has been carefully chosen to create a charming and relaxed atmosphere.


The gorgeous arched windows make the view of the river the star attraction…I could happily look at that view for hours.



There is a beautiful room devoted to wine, a wonderful setting for tastings.


A couple of days before the opening I spoke to restaurant manager Emiliano, who explained that Osteria Palio will source all of its ingredients locally and in season. The menu will change each month.  He told me with pride about small producers and growers who will supply the restaurant with the very best produce. Inventive chefs will take over from there.

We visited Osteria Palio on just its second night. We were welcomed by Emiliano and his impeccable team and shown our table by the window.

I can happily report that the food was delicious. The dishes are traditional with a modern touch.

The bread is all made in house.


My risotto with artichoke was superb.


The tartare was popular with others in the party.


The gnocchi was eaten with gusto.


The steak was cooked to perfection  and wonderfully tender.


Pasta with seafood was a hit.


My guinea  fowl was excellent.


Some of us had left room for dessert. The coffee pannacotta was exactly the right texture.


Jim ate his tiramisu before I could photograph it. He has been doing Italy wide research on tiramisu and declared this one great.

I had the almond semifreddo…heavenly.


We are delighted to have this fabulous new restaurant in Ponte a Serraglio. We wish Emiliano and his team the best in this new venture.  We intend to dine there often.

Via Serraglia, 78

Ponte a Serraglio.

Phone…(39) 0583 805217

Closed Monday and Tuesday


Osteria Palio

Just what we need in Ponte a Serraglio

The new fruit and vegetable shop opened in Ponte a Serraglio and drew a huge crowd of well wishers…and buyers.

Fruit shop Ponte

Fruit shop Ponte

The shop has exceeded expectations. The space is tiny and it is overflowing with great food. There is much more than just fruit and vegetables, which look amazing.

Fruit shop Ponte

Fruit shop Ponte

Fruit shop Ponte

There is also a deli counter filled with delights. It was a bit crowded so I couldn’t photograph much.

Fruit shop Ponte

There are shelves stocked with handy items for convenient shopping.

There were refreshments, of course, and a huge cake.

Fruit shop Ponte

A young family is behind this new venture. When things settle a bit I will have a chat with them and find out a bit more…along with the opening hours.

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