Wednesday, November 28, 2007
La Porta in Monticchiello
November 9th - 2007
Monticchhiello is a village just a few kilometers to the west of Montipulciano...a lovely drive through rolling hills and cypress.
We had a terrific lunch at Osteria La Porta....too cold & windy to eat on the terrace, so we had to enjoy the view after our lunch.
Gail & I shared the polenta with funghi and pecorino...wow! We also ordered a plate of chickpeas with rosemary. How could something so simple be so divine. The chickpeas were smaller and a little more formed, not as mushy as the ones I've had in the states and of course everything takes on the added dimension of the olive oil. The olive oil was dark, full of flavor and not a hint of bitterness!!
I had the ravioli with nettles and ricotta and pecorino...a tad on the heavy side and there was nothing subtle about the pecorino.
Gail had Pici with braised beef & vegetables. Pici is a local dish...a thicker, softer style of spaghetti. This dish was a winner. Full of flavor.
Dessert....chocolate tort with creme anglaise. Moist and densely chocolate.
Wine - Gail had a glass of Moscato di Asti-La Spinata, true to form 17+
I had a glass of Az Agr. Baracchi Smeriglio- Merlot- deep, dark cherry...gorgeous 17+
Yes...we'd return & hope for a warmer, calmer day to take advantage of the terrace and the dreamy views! The bottom two images are of the view. . . . . .
Here's a link to La Porta