Ristorante Scarpone , Roma, Italy

This visit we tried a place called Scarpone in Rome. We were told that the Pope eats here during the day on Sundays so off we went. It’s a truly local family place across from the park where a stroll after lunch on a nice day would be lovely however please don’t try it after a rainy day or you will be wading in mud as we did.

The first course offering on an antipasto table looked too good to refuse. For the main I had the bistecca alla fiorentina after seeing all that fresh meat and the wood fired grill it seemed like a must try item. It tasted as good as it look, I could cut it with my fork it was like butter soft with that wonderful wood grill taste (not any smokiness which I don’t care for) they cooked it rare so if you like it cooked more please ask them. Lori decided to have pasta for her main it was Fresh Pasta with Shrimp Sauce I don’t think there are any words to make that sound any better than it does already and it was awesome. Desert was a simple Fragolini (mini strawberries pick in the wild) with homemade ice cream and a Lemon cake made in the house with lemons from Sorrento.

The whole dining experience was great including the friendly service. We had an enjoyable lunch even though the Pope was not there this Sunday. I will certainly return I had my eye on a grilled veal chop.

Ivan Klugman : The Photo Gourmet

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Trattoria Latte Di Luna, Pienza, Tuscany, Italy

This is one of my favorite places in the world to dine. It’s not Michelin # star dinning but good down to earth Tuscan food featuring the town’s special Mailino (young roasted suckling pig). We have been there several times and in fact have introduced our Italian friends form Cortona; Enzo and Bianca to it. In February when we visited Tuscany last we asked Enzo and Bianca where they would like to lunch and they said Latte di Luna. I don’t think there is much more I can say about their endorsement other than they both have worked in the Hospitality industry in Tuscany and this is one of their favorites as well. Let’s get down to the food.

First let’s discuss the local Pasta it’s called Pici its fresh hand rolled thick spaghetti like form with a texture that is beyond discription. Well we know the Pici is a must the next choice is the sauce. I always choose the Wild Boar sauce, Enzo being a man also went for the meat. Lori and Bianca choose the Pomodoro which was excellent candy like fresh tomato sauce exploding in every bite. As wonderful as it was Lori still liked my Wild Boar sauce better. As we say Daddy’s is always better. So what did she do? Order a side of Wild Boar Sauce. The secondi of course was Maialino which is heaven on earth, buttery inside of the cripsy skin. In regard to wine the best local wine is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano the producer of choice today was Polizano although I also like the Avignonesi as well. The combination of great friends, Maialino and the vino made the 18 hour journey worth every second.

Of course there are wonderful deserts, plenty of Limoncello and Grappa.

I highly recommend Latte di Luna for great food and friendly service.

I can’t wait to go back !!!

Ivan Klugman : The Photo Gourmet

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