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From One Meal To The Next: Part 2
Posted: March 7, 2012
After enjoying a satisfying breakfast at Albergo Scilla in Sovana, southwest Tuscany, we loaded our luggage into the car and traveled westward toward the Mediterranean. Our drive through the winding back roads of Tuscan countryside provided us with a kaleidoscope of sights…cypress trees, wild flowers, farmhouses, vineyards, olive groves and an occasional flock of sheep dotting the hillsides.
The latter, symbols of Tuscany, greeted us. For five kilometers these majestic cipressi (cypress trees) stood tall like sentinels, guarding the entrance to the village. The village itself is a medieval town with shops and places to eat, offering visitors prodotti tipici (typical products). Whenever this sign appears one has the golden opportunity of tasting local specialties.
And we did, sampling a variety of delicacies: liver pate, olive spread, tomato topping and red pepper, all served over grilled bread, along with prosciutto, salami, several slices of different cheeses, pickled onions, olives artichokes, vegetables with olive oil, cannellini and the largest, tastiest sun dried tomatoes ever. Accompanying all this was a glass of extraordinary red wine produced by Donna Fittipaldi. We were so impressed by the wine that we bought a bottle to take to Guido and Simonetta, our friends at Casa Bellavista.
We reached Gran Caffe` Margherita and our much anticipated dinner. The Caffe` itself is a work of art. Its ceilings, balcony and walls feature beautiful ceramic decorations with magnificent patterns and colors in yellow, green and blue.
We opted for alfresco dining so that we could enjoy the warm evening. We sipped wine leisurely as we studied the menu. At last we made our decisions...for me, spaghetti con frutti di mare, which was a wonderful blending of shrimp, clams and calamari in a hearty broth. Edie ordered a maccheroni con verdure e funghi in salsa di vino (small squares of pasta with vegetables and porcini mushrooms in a delicious wine sauce). We were equally pleased with our choices. Then we selected verdure alla griglia (grilled vegetables), which were perfect. To put a cap on our dining experience we concluded with caffe` correto, one with amaretto and one with grappa.
After a pleasant night’s rest, we packed our bags and headed downstairs, where we were greeted with the most abundant presentation of breakfast foods we have ever seen: meats, cheeses, cereals, a variety of breads and pastries, a fruit compote, a basket of fresh fruits, eggs, juices, coffee and more.
Our trip to Viareggio had been fun…a special dinner, a fantastic breakfast. Today’s travels would take us past the many marble works of Viareggio and over the mighty mountains of the Garfagnana to our next adventure as we travelled Tuscany “from one meal to the next”.