I think it’s finally time to talk about the wonderful food Tyler and I had while we were in Italy. We’ve been back from our trip long enough that I’ve started craving noodles and sauce again. I will say that nothing that I’ve ever made or can buy in the store remotely compares to true Italian food (Tuscan being my favorite!) The sauces are perfect, not too sweet (a bit salty for my tastes, but that’s Italy for you), lots of spices, and the sauce sticks to the noodles like it’s about to stick to my ribs.
So, the first restaurant we went to was called Giglio Rosso. It is located in Firenze (Florence) just a few blocks west of the train station. We went rather late in the evening and were the last patrons there when we left. We enjoyed a half bottle of Ruffino Chianti with our meal, which consisted of typical Tuscan bread (eh, not a fan) and bottled water. Tyler had the Pappardelle al Cinghiale (Pappardelle and Wild Boar) ……
….and I had ricotta cheese-filled homemade ravioli with a delicious basil pesto sauce. I think it was the best dinner I had in Italy!
Interested? Food Network got it right with this recipe: Pappardelle al Cinghiale and find a basic recipe for ricotta and basil ravioli and make a fresh pesto and you have our meal. Just remember to keep it fresh and local–the true intent of Italian cooking!