Zuppa di Farro
Zuppa di Farro is a traditional white bean soup which fed the Roman legions. It is a simple but yummy soup, made with Farro which is an ancient wheat grain. I had a Zuppa di Farro in the Trattoria da Leo (please see my restaurant tip). Another name for the soup is Minestra di Farro.
In the heart of Lucca you will find this huge library. It is really nice located and offers a bar inside and some sofas where you can sit and read in peace. Surprisingly, I noticed public toilets inside as well. The only negative remark is the small quantity of books in English (none in German or French or Spanish). It's really a shame for such a touristy town like Lucca.
Eat in an Ancient Osteria in Lucca
While in Lucca, Allan and I were fortunate to have experienced Buca di S. Antonio, a marvelous restaurant with delicious food, creative presentation, efficient service, outstanding wines, ambience, and a wonderful history.
In ancient Tuscan,Buca" is equivalent to "Taverna" or "Osteria" and documents dating back as far as 1782 refer to "Osteria a S. Antonio". In the 18th century "Buca" was a place to eat but also a livery and a stable!
The Buca is owned by Franco Barbieri and Giuliano Pacini, and it is one of "Lucca's most characteristic places."
The interior is unique with wonderful arches, all kinds of brass kitchenware hanging from the ceiling and the walls. It has dark wooden beams on the ceiling as well as dark, beautiful wood on the bottom portion of some walls. Some of the dishes that Buca S. Antonio is most popular for are:
1. Ravioli di ricotta alle zucchine
2. Tortelli lucchesi al sugo
3. Pappardelle alla lepre
4. Carpaccio di trota salmonata
con radicchietti di campo
5. Petto di faraona all'uva moscato
6. Capretto garfagnino allo spiedo
con erbette saltate
7. Fegatelli di maiale allo spiedo con rapini
Allan had Goat meat, pasta in butter, and a salad.
I had a Guinea hen, Bean Farro Soup, and
We also enjoyed a bottle of Brunella (1993) wine, which was delicious! (It should be for what it cost)!
It was indeed a wonderful evening with great food, excellent wine, a lovely environment, and the best company (my husband).
The 12th Century...
During the 12th century, Lucca was flourished because of the silk trade.
In 1314, it fell under the control of Pisa.
The photo shows The Romanesque Cathedral of Lucca called Chiesa di San Ferdiano.
A pleasant surprise that I came across while just wondering around the walls. Palazzo Pfanner, built in 1667, has all the characteristics of a late 16th century building. The garden is completely original. There is a beautiful wide staircase that leads to the great elegant loggia overlooking the 18th century italian style garden.
At the centre of the garden there is a poligonal pond sorrounded by statues , flower-beds and groups of plants; there are also big terracotta vases with lemons,according to the Tuscan tradition.