Friday, September 26, 2014

A month in Tuscany day 19 - Fall comes to Tuscany

Day 19 dawned much cooler, not cold but cool enough that you needed to wear a jacket, I think this was about the first time I have worn a jacket since June! It was cloudy and threatening rain, but we decided we would go to the market any way as it was market day. We wandered around the market for about an hour in small groups and then 8 of us met up for lunch. Dave bought himself a leather jacket and scarf, looking very Italian.

It was starting to rain quite hard so the obvious thing to do is find a restaurant for lunch!  A rather large warm inviting restaurant called to us and we heeded the call.  First thing 2 bottles of vino de cassa.  I ordered potato and mushroom tart served on saffron fondue as I had no idea what that would be.  This is what I got.

What this turned out to be was a crust of mashed potato filled with porcini mushrooms with a saffron cream sauce absolutely delicious.

Dave ordered mushroom risotto as it is porcini season.

Dov ordered lamb chops which were grilled and served kind of like lamb popsicles.

Several people ordered the wild boar which was amazing.

By the time we got out of the restaurant it had stopped raining, but was still cool and overcast so we decided to go in to the Duomo.

The inside is quite dramatic and in the month of September all the inlaid floors are exposed.  The remainder of the year they are covered with carpets.  They are quite stunning and we spent a while in there listening to an audio guide we bought. We emerged into sunshine once again and after coffee in the campo made our way back to the villa.

Howard immediately stoked up the barbecue to cook some chicken legs that we had bought and I made some puttanesca sauce for linguine.  As the temperature had dropped some, we lit the fire in the kitchen.

W sat around the marble topped kitchen table by candle light and a roaring fire and started with beef bruschetta made from the left over steak from the previous night.

We also consumed lemon grilled chicken.

And the pasta

We also consumed copious amounts of red wine and limonchello.  The night finished very late with people smoking cigars in the fireplace.  A memorable evening and meal.

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