It’s our first real day in Lucca so we go to the nearest restaurant – Gigi’s. It turns out to be just fine. The committed smokers are eating outside, despite the snow!
We have a delightful meal of pasta, grilled meats and other shared items. Conversation eclipses photography. Good, basic good
There is a restaurant outside the walls of Lucca that prompted our return. It is one of the temples of Italian cuisine. Our waiter from our last visit was revealed to be one of two family brothers….the other is the chef. During a meal at Trattoria Antica Locanda di Sesto food and conversation play havoc with photographic precision
This is the only shot we have of both brothers but since we plan to return weekly more pics will follow
We suggest to Lamberto that for starters we’d like one of everything. He complies with a knowing smile. A tray of 4 of everything:
- fried meat balls….really good meat balls
- fried ricotta balls
- fresh cheese on chestnut polenta slabs
- mushrooms on corn polenta
- liver paste on crostini
- prosciutto on crostini
Then a platter of perfect cold cuts, followed by vegetable flan
Next a pair of surprises – slices of smoked goose breast buried under a cloud of parmesan curls and anchovies and beans. The anchovies bear no relation to the things that come out of a can. (sorry for the photo, we were busy eating)
Everyone else in the dining room is ordering the ravioli stuffed with chestnuts and pasta with wild mushrooms. We go with the flow…..they are wonderful
Next course – steak Florentine for 3 of our 4 diners….and total photographic breakdown. No photos exist other than the chef slicing and Lamberto serving
Dickie swims against the current (doesn’t want to share) and order the pork. It is of course butter, disguised as meat
We did have dessert – (a delicious roasted fruit salad) but photographic responsibility had evaporated. A shot from the dessert tray will have to suffice. It has been an epic meal.
We wander past tropical plants recuperating from the chill, downspouts bursting from meltwater pouring off the tiled roofs and abandoned cars. Thanks for visiting Norm and Mary Jane!