L’Aquila: Feasting for Two with 19 Euro!
Cafeteria eating elsewhere might not be too tempting, but try a good one in Italy and you’ll be in for suprises. Including the price: our early February lunch for two at a L’Aquila “self-service” (Italians use the English term) was 19 Euro, wine included!
In early February in L’Aquila, Pino had meetings about reconstruction work up until 2 pm: too late for lunch in a trattoria or ristorante but people were still in line in the “self-service” (as they’re called here) in the shopping mall.
While waiting for Pino, I’d worked on my computer in the adjoining cafe’ there; at 1 30, I was ready for a nibble. I picked up a tray, a silverware packet and joined the self-service food line, choosing a tasty array of vegetables. I ordered half a glass of vino bianco at the cafe’ bar adjacent. A delectable aperitivo.
I could verify the goodness to Pino when he arrived. We decided to eat there, getting in line.
And the signora in line before me assured us with a smile, “qui si mangia benissimo!” Pino passed up the primi, opting for veal cutlette (light and tender) and vegetables but I had to try their gnocchi al ragu. Buonissimi. And second time around for vegetables, too: others to savor!
Lasagne and chick pea soup (“pasta e ceci”) were other first course choices and pork roast and a simmering stew were additional secondi.
Menus vary daily and the adjacent dining room where you head with your food tray was fillled, many working people eating here daily; after all, the price is right.
After lunch, we put our food tray in the rack at the dining room exit and headed to the bar for espresso….knowing we’d be back.
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