Anne's Blog

  • tuscanys-mugello-valley-una-poesia

Eating in Tuscany’s Mugello Valley: Una Poesia

Date: September 13, 2013 - categories: , - Leave your thoughts

Gianni flips the bistecche

Our last trip to the northern Tuscany Mugello Valley was on a gray day but the sun comes out as you enter the Ristorante Sergio in Dicomano, bustling with activity, huge bistecche alla fiorentina spitting on the grill in the open fireplace.   Gianni flips the bistecche – and sizzling pork chops or lamb chops – with a fork and in the pass-through window to your right, you’ll see his sister Gabriela and beloved helper (“like family”)  Elena, topping bruschetta with wild mushrooms or ladling wild boar sauce onto fettuccine.
 
Giulio (“like family”) retired a few years ago “dopo trenta anni”, he grinned proudly, holding up three fingers to indicate his work years (one per decade).  Giulio has had a stroke but comes in to help “whenever they need me,”  he smiled, setting out baskets of crusty bread, sliced by Gianni’s nephew, young Matteo.
 

Bistecche alla fiorentina

When I asked Matteo if I could take photos, “Vai!” he replied with a smile, giving me the Tuscan expression of consent.   “…e, Anna, guarda queste!” he exclaimed, extending plates of homemade lasagne mounded with meat sauce, just passed through by Elena.
 
I ask beaming Elena if she’s tired after twenty-five years in the kitchen. “Certo!” she exclaims and gives the same answer – smiling radiantly –  when asked if she enjoys cooking for all the Ristorante’s clients.  Many are long-time fans: the tribute poem to Ristorante da Sergio on the wall is testament.  
 
Matteo introduced me to the “poet”,  Carlo, feasting with a group of friends.  Born in Dicomano, he moved to Florence for work but since retirement recently,  Carlo drives daily “home” to Dicomano – nearly an hour – for lunch with his old buddies at Ristorante da Sergio (he’s back to Florence by 7 pm for dinner with his wife). 
 

Matteo serves dessert

Each eats a course or two at  a “prezzo fisso” accorded with Gianni.  Builder Robert often opts for lamb, car mechanic Giuseppe chooses the roast chicken and retired city employee Luigi relishes the roast pork with fennel and rosemary. Carlo, Nino, Salvatore, join in the feasting, too.  
 
As he dished up enticing desserts, Matteo joked that the group has one vice: “Mangiano poco, bevono molto.”  (“..but not really,” he told me later).
 
Noting me taking photos, Marcella – living in Genoa but born in Dicomano – and daughter Federica came to our table to chat. Home to visit family, Marcella can’t imagine eating anywhere else:  “solo qui si mangia la vera bistecca!”
 
Although we didn’t have “la vera bistecca”  that day – and we don’t head to Mugello daily for lunch – we understand why Carlo does. And he’s right: Ristorante da Sergio certainly does “merita una poesia.”

Read about another favorite Mugello spot
Read more about the Mugello Valley and the loving Passerini family
Read about nearby Poppi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Privacy Policy

Privacy Italian Legislative Decree n° 196/2003 Under Article 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree no. 196/2003, regulations with regard to the Protection of Personal Data, this is an informative report to all interested parties on the modality of the treatment of personal data, arising from interaction with our website www.annesitaly.com
THE PRINCIPAL FOR DATA TREATMENT During site consultation, personal data referring to identified or identifiable persons can be processed. The principal for data treatment is Anne Robichaud Pian della Pieve Assisi 06081 (PG) Italy. The data will be mainly processed at the mentioned head office by the people responsible for the website or by other people appointed for occasional maintenance operations, provided that their actions conform to of the guarantees enshrined in the Legislative Decree 196/2003.
TYPE OF DATA TREATED
Web navigation The information systems and software procedures required for the functioning of this website, acquire some personal data during their normal service, the transmission of which is implicit in the use of web communication protocols. This information is not collected with the purpose of identifying interested parties, but due to its very nature, the information could lead to user identification through processes and relations with data held by third parties. In this data category there are IP addresses or domain names belonging to computers used by users who connect to the site, addresses with URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) notification of the requested resources, time of the request, used method in submitting the request to the server, dimension of the file obtained in replying, the numeric code mentioning the reply status given by the server (successful reply, error, etc?) and other parameters referred to the operation system and to the user’s information environment. This data is used with the sole purpose of obtaining anonymous statistical information on the use of the site and to check the correct functioning; immediately after processing, the data is erased.
Data voluntarily supplied by the user The voluntary optional and explicit e-mail transmission to the addresses mentioned in this site implies the subsequent acquisition of the sender’s address, necessary to reply to the queries, as well as the other eventual personal data registered in the message.
OPTIONAL PERSONAL DATA SUPPLY Except for the above mentioned navigation data, the user may be asked to supply his own personal data through queries or messages to the email addresses shown in the contact pages. Failure to provide such data may be the cause of the inability to obtain the requested information from the company.
TREATMENT MODALITY The personal data is treated in compliance with the Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 and held only for the time necessary to achieve the aim for which it has been collected. Specific safety measures are taken to prevent any data loss, illicit or incorrect use and unauthorized access.
RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES The data subjects are at any time entitled to obtain confirmation as to whether or not data relating to him are held, to know the contents and the origin, to check the correctness, to ask for integration, updating or change (art. 7 Decree Law 196:June 2003). In accordance with the same article, they are entitled to obtain the erasure, conversion into anonymous form or freezing of all data used in breach of the law, to object, on legitimate grounds, to the processing of data relating to him. All requests have to be transmitted to the e-mail address anne@annesitaly.com

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)