Rifugio Fiori

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.

Rifugio Fiori

It was a little cool to sit outside.

Rifugio Fiori

So we found a spot in the cosy room.

The building used to be a school.

Antipasti was pasta fritta with prosciutto.

Rifugio Fiori

Our first course was pasta with ragu.

Rifugio Fiori

Next was delicious veal and fried vegetables.

Rifugio Fiori

Rifugio Fiori

There was an excellent chocolate cake and torta della nonna.

Rifugio Fiori

Rifugio Fiori

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.

www.rifugiofiori.it

Phone…371 3916108

info@rifugiofiori.it

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.

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

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

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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.

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My risotto with artichoke was superb.

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The tartare was popular with others in the party.

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The gnocchi was eaten with gusto.

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The steak was cooked to perfection  and wonderfully tender.

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Pasta with seafood was a hit.

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My guinea  fowl was excellent.

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

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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.

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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

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.

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Excellent fried vegetables.

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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

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.

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Another in the party had a great pizza.

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There was little of the shared tagliata left behind.

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

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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.

 

An opportunity?

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?

A new restaurant for Bagni di Lucca

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.

Antipasti.

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

Email…latanadelghiro@hotmail.com