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Italy is famous far and wide for it's culinary gusto. What was your most amazing dining adventure during your travels?
I'd have to say a little bistro near the Termini Stazione in Roma...I had the most amazing simple dish, but one of the roman standards: fettucine alfredo. My mouth still waters thinking of it. The restaurant, Est Est, was in a basement, and since it was a Sunday, my friend and I were the only ones in the kitchen. The rest of the staff, and their family, were enjoying Sunday dinner, so we got to have a peak into family dining roman-style.
Do tell about your own finds!
I recall MANY wonderfully delicious gastronomic adventures during the Summer I spent in Italy (’92)... of course there’s always one that stands out above all others. It was in Tuscany, during a day trip from Florence to Sienna... I truly wish I could remember the ’name’ of the actual restaurant, but I was a young & inexperienced traveler at the time, and did not pay as close attention to those details as I might today.
What I do recall is that it was inside a country inn... a large and very rustic, stone structure, surrounded by what seemed to be a vinyard, and reached only by a narrow country road lined w/tall cypress trees, which I personally would’ve certainly missed off the main road (it was very much like the road in the film "A Room with a View" which they travel on for their country picnic). The feel of the place was extraordinary, but when the actual meal was served, the experience went beyond anything I’d ever imagined a ’lunch’ could be like. The country vegetables were prepared in such a way that I wouldn’t even know how to describe it... simple yet unbelievably delicious; I recall that the pasta was wonderful, but the details of it were entirely shadowed by the veal they served... it literally melted in your mouth, and the flavor was truly out of this world! At that stage in my life, my palate had never tasted anything quite that incredible... it was practically life-changing! To round off the culinary experience, the wine was exceptional... to my dismay, however--and again b/c of my inexperiece as a traveler--I was never able to find that wine at any vin-olio shop... I later found out it was a local wine, from that vinyard of course, and sold only on their premises and perhaps at a few of the local community family restaurants.
It was a day to remember for sure, and a meal I will never forget..... omg, I really need to return to Italy!!