Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 2 September 2013

The local food is excellent – Part 1

The food here in Italy is very good and always seasonal. Although it is not all about the food it is a pretty high priority.

Let us show you few of the local restaurants we have sampled. Of course there will be more on food in the future. This is just the beginning…..

Albergo Corona Ristorante is here in Ponte a Serraglio and is open during the summer months. It is the restaurant at the hotel just across the river from us. We enjoyed a lovely four course menu the evening we went. We both choose the same for the first two courses. Melanzane alla parmigiana (Eggplant parmigiana), followed by Gnocci di patate formaggio e pere (potato Gnocci with cheese and pear). For the mains Jim had Cinghiale in umido con purea di patate (Wild boar stew with mashed potato) and I had Vitella al forno con verdure griglia (Grilled veal baked with vegetables). We both had the Semifreddo alla pesca (Ice cream with peach parfait).

La Lira is up at La Villa and has great pizza. We often stroll up there for either lunch or dinner.

In San Cassiano, which is 15km away, we love ‘Santina‘ as there is no menu – just the fare of the day. You don’t order anything, platters are served depending on how many are on the table. This day we went there with Cherry, Karen, Romy & Paul and had freshly made Tagliatelle, one with bolognese and one with mushrooms. The chicken was crispy and very tasty.

On our way home from Lucca we pass Officina da Bruton and have called in a couple of times. They serve pranzo (lunch) for €10 each and it is a two course menu with a very good choice of dishes. Jim had Peperoncino (chilli) spaghetti and Bistecca maiale (grilled pork steak) and I had Penne with ragu sauce and Pollo (chicken) salad. They are also a brewery making several types of beers.

Osteria Bacaro is a seafood restaurant in Piano della Rocca and is a great find. The setting is very nice and the food good. We had the Spaghetto alla scoglio (spagetti seafood), Penne al’arrabiata and we both had the Grigliata di pesce (grilled fish of the day).

One thing Italy is not short of is restaurants and we are very spoilt for choice here in Bagni di Lucca.

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