Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:00 pm Post subject: Eastern Tuscany and Western Umbria!
Dick and I will be spending the first two weeks of October based in Cortona, Tuscany and will be taking day trips out from there. Simona has been kind enough to pass on some pointer's from the last trip she and Haim took to the region but we can always use more information! Most nights we will be eating in Cortona but lunches will be taken in the surrounding regions. Any leads on special places and special dishes would be greatly appreciated. _________________ Vivant Linguae Mortuae!!
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Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 3:32 pm Post subject: Cortona
I don't remember the names of restaurants, but the town is extremely small. When you're in the main piazza and facing the town hall (Palazzo Pubblico), to your left there is a restaurant reached by climbing down steps. (Once you descend, there may be one to the right and left. Stick to the left then too.) Check the menu. If they have ricotta and spinach gnocchi, order it! Cortona is known for pesto, so raise a green speckled fork to Pesto Man at least one night.
The town teeters on the borderline of Tuscany and Umbria so it may have some of Umbria's specialties too. I have heard it's unseasonably cold right now, so foods associated with fall might be perfect. Schiaciatta di uovi is a type of flat bread (a bit like foccaccia) studdied with grapes. Porcini simply grilled are fantastic; as a real treat Italians eat a plate of them as a main course instead of meat. Ribollita is a Tuscan dish that is popular when the evenings become chilly: a thick nourishing soup filled with all sorts of vegetables, beans, meat and bread (much better than this sounds). I am not sure you'll find it in Cortona, though.
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