I knew Pino would be ordering them and sure enough, they joined his contorno (“side dish”) along with roasted potatoes.
…….but also in his main course, bocconcini di vitello con porcini (“veal tidbits with porcini mushrooms”).
I skipped the secondo, opting instead for a tempting primo that Barbara had created: bucatini con pistacchi con guanciale croccante (“thick spaghetti – with holes in it! – with pistachios and crispy pork cheek”).
……..as the abundant antipasto prior had filled me up.
Both the grilled vegetables and Barbara’s pappa al pomodoro (no one makes this Tuscan summer tomato/bread soup like Barbara!) had appealed as antipasto: a dilemma. Barbara’s solution? A “half-portion” (sort of!) of pappa al pomodoro flanking the vegetables.
Many a client had ordered the house antipasto, fantasia del Vecchio Mulino – and Francesca often dashed passed us with an oval metal serving tray bearing the goodness:
A young couple from Rome out on the balcony had ordered that fantasia….
Once again, a buonissimo lunch in Lubriano. Just one of those ordinary Italian lunches.
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