Thursday, December 07, 2006

All creatures great and small



Having returned from Tuscany with my father I think it would be fair to report that we did our bit for the grappa distillers of the nation. Indeed, we consumed more food and drink than I thought was possible in the space of four days. If it boarded Noah's Ark, we ate it. And that includes Mrs Noah.

The first day saw a traditional Bugno lunch when we arrived off the plane. A simple Penne Piccanti and main course ensued with grappa to finish (pictured above). It was the nighttime when things got going. At what looked like a roadside cafe we stumbled into an outstanding chef (although service was dreadfully slow).

Our seafood antipasto consisted of sliced squid, followed by salmon with aniseed, followed by cacciucco (seafood soup), followed by branzino (don't even know what that is in English), followed by some kind of mixed seafood. Needless to say, I struggled with my pasta al cervo (venison, I guess) to follow and my nodino di vitello (veal chop) after that. My dad had risotto with pigeon and a tagliata! The sweet came just after midnight. The indigestion lasted most of the following day...

7 comments:

martinobhoy said...

Surely seafood didn't need to board the Ark?

ginkers said...

I've got 50 squid here says it did.

martinobhoy said...

Is this the plaice for bad fish jokes?

martinobhoy said...

I was doing some grappa "research" when I found this. It would seem the Slovaks have an excellent version of grappa. Any chance I can get served this variety when I'm in Dumfries next week?

Slovakian Grappa?

ginkers said...

I don't understand much Slovakian but it does appear to say something about 30 centimetres which, I suspect, would rule us both out.

martinobhoy said...

Unless it was drinking 30cm of grappa. I think between us we could manage that.

a.c.t said...

Sounds delicious, especially the Bambi pasta. Branzino is sea bass btw.