I have revisited Il Totto in Elio Sassi in nearby Garfagnana to enjoy their version of cucina povera again. The restaurant famously served chestnut polenta and ossi salati, which translates as salted bones.
Once most of the meat has been removed pork bones are soaked in brine for a few days then boiled.
There was a large table near us and their polenta was delivered on a board and cut using a special tool.
They serve other things as well. I had ravioli with ragu and fried chicken a rabbit…delicious.
It is a lovely drive up to Elio Sassi. The views are glorious from the village. I highly recommend a visit.
Rifugio Fiori in Pieve di Monti di Villa has new operators and things are looking good. We went for Sunday lunch shortly after they opened.
It was a little cool to sit outside.
So we found a spot in the cosy room.
The building used to be a school.
Antipasti was pasta fritta with prosciutto.
Our first course was pasta with ragu.
Next was delicious veal and fried vegetables.
There was an excellent chocolate cake and torta della nonna.
It is great to see that Rifugio Fiori is continuing to serve delicious meals. Pieve di Monte di Villa is lucky to have this great asset.
La Sosta, near Pescaglia, is a bit of a drive from Bagni di Lucca, but is a great place for Sunday lunch.
The little restaurant is nestled into a pine forest beside a church.
There is an outdoor eating area for sunny days.
We visited on a cool autumn day and chose to sit in the cosy indoor area.
It isn’t a big room and it was soon packed.
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.
Scaloppine with porcini mushrooms.
Excellent fried vegetables.
The table next to us ordered a feast.
La Sosta is open through the week for dinner and Sunday lunch. It is in Pascoso,via Pescaglia or Fabbriche di Vallico.
Il Biribisso in Granaiola has had a makeover. The outdoor area is looking great.
We ate under the cover of the terrace on a cool evening.
The food at Il Biribisso is excellent. I ordered the mixed grill.
Another in the party had a great pizza.
There was little of the shared tagliata left behind.
The evening view over the mountains is worth the visit to Il Biribisso alone.
The restaurant is opposite the Granaiola carpark, you can’t miss it.
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.
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.
A restaurant has closed in Ponte a Serraglio. Ristorante da Vinicio had been around for ages. When we first came 14 years ago it was busy every night. Here is a photo from back then.
In summer there were tables along the river, giving the little piazza a lovely festive atmosphere.
A death in the family and a serious illness have brought on the closure of the business. It will be missed this summer.
We need a restaurant at Ponte a Serraglio. Bruno’s is great, but one is not enough, particularly in the summer.
I don’t know any details about buying or renting the space, I just know that it needs a new family to take over…anyone out there?
Bagni di Lucca has a new restaurant, La Tana del Ghiro. It is not far from the pedestrian bridge from La Villa…on the opposite side of the river from the town.
The interior is pleasantly furnished.
All the food is prepared from local produce. We were delighted with our selections.
Bread, hot from the oven. It is a pizza base with oil and herbs.
…and regular bread.
Ravioli with local trout.
Trout with roast potatoes.
Prosciutto with potatoes.
Beans with onions.
Pannacotta with fruit of the forest.
La Tana del Ghiro is a great addition to Bagni di Lucca’s list of restaurants. The food is good and reasonably priced, the service is friendly…I hope they do well. They will also be selling local produce in the future.
Phone…0583 805 869