So, again, it has been some time since my last post, but there is a good reason behind that. I am on holiday!!
OK, so that is not really a fantastic reason, but at least it’s the truth. So, my little one, husband and I are in beautiful Tuscany. Aaah, what a place! I have fallen more in love with this part of the world with every passing day. And don’t even get me started on the incredible food…antipasti, crostini, lovely Tuscan olive oil, pasta, pasta and more pasta!
We’ve been to Italy a number of times, but this time it was a bit different in that we actually rented a little farmhouse and could do a bit of cooking ourselves, as well as visit the lovely local trattorias and osterias. When you have all this amazing, fresh produce to hand…why not cook?
But before I get to that in my next post, out first restaurant was in a stunning little town (and I mean ‘little’, it was only about 2 blocks long, that’s it) called Barberino Val D’Elsa. The restaurant was ‘Ristorante Bustecca’ and was clearly a favourite amongst the locals. Their classic dish is the Florentine steak, which is absolutely massive – but seeing as it just hit 12 o’clock, and I just went through a good load of cheese, parma ham and focaccia bread for breakfast I thought I would settle for pasta instead. And what a dish it was! Gnocchi in a truffle, porcini mushroom cream sauce. Apparently it is very popular amongst tourist and locals alike and I can see why. It was so indulgent, a dish that will forever remain in my mind.
My husband went for a classic gnocchi in a ragu sauce, which was simple but ever so tasteful. I have to say, my dish took home the prize!
If you are near the area, I definitely recommend this place – the staff are lovely, the food authentic and delicious – what more could you ask for?