We had an excellent dinner last night (Thursday, October 9) at La Casa di Caccia. This is a rustic restaurant on the property of the estate where our cottage is. It is usually reserved for groups (not always open to the general public), and serves food grown, raised or hunted nearby. It is NOT for vegetarians!!! No menu (and no English), but is is a set price meal and they bring each dish to the table as a surprise. Price was 30eu per person for <everything>. We were a bit intimidated by the warnings we received from our landlord and these trip advisor reviews. While the food was excellent and plentiful, they must have cut back a bit on the courses, which was ok with us. We left some on the table each course expecting more, but as you will see we were quite adequately fed by the time we were done.
So, to start, a locally made and bottled Chianti.... And a liter of both still and sparkling mineral water (or as they say, "with gas")...
Here is where the fun begins:
On the left, two kinds of dried meat, not sure what kind). Also on the first plate, dried salami and pickled vegetables (carrots, celery, red onions and cauliflower.
One the second plate above was a kind of bread and tomato mixture which was delicious. I suspect it had some kind of meat stock in it.
To the right above, pickled peppers, bread and another carpaccio style meat, probably beef.
Now on to fresh taglitelle with duck ragu...
And then a plate with:
roast pork grilled/marinated beef strips french fries onion rings
Topped off with biscotti and marsala (I think?)
And of course, Italian dark roast coffee....
Now, if you read the review on the link above (and now copied to the right, we expected <even more> than this. So it wasn't quite as intimidating as we were told! But none the less, <delicious>.
Now planning on eating vegan for a week when we get home!!!
The menu from one trip advisor review from May 2012):
This resteraunt specializes in meat , meat and meat.
Only open on certain days, weekends mainly we were lucky enough to eat there last night, Wednesday. It is by booking only and brings new meaning to the word rustic.
A hunters lodge which converts the kills into a carnivorion delight.
Be warned , go very very hungry. The meal comprises 8 courses all made and prepared on the premises. It is a 3 hr sojourn ... And you need every minute to deal with the courses.
On the table is a bottle of house red made on the premises, or by nearby couldnt quite get the transaction .
Course duck liver pâté on buschetta ( we think duck anyway) Home made brawn or speck .... Not sure on Origen
Then 3 pasta courses , the best lasagne ever , no cheese just meat ragu rabbit / chicken and boar
The wide pasta name not sure with wild boar meat sauce Thick thick spaghetti with duck meat sauce
Then spiced boar ribs and chunks of beef stew with mushroom
At this stage we were done, would suggest in retrospect not wolfing down all the pasta!
Followed by crumbed lamb chops, florentine steak strips with onion rings and roast potato chips.
Finished with tirimasui . Superb!!!
2 bottles of wine , 2 bottles of water and all the above for 2 people total bill e63.