Thursday, September 29, 2011

Traditional Tuscan Dinner at the Villa Lecchi

Life's uncertain, eat dessert first.  Our dessert of the evening.
Among the highlights of our stay at the lovely Villa Lecchi are the wonderful traditional dinners prepared by Laura's seventy-three year old mother.  The first course last evening was the Ribollita  a famous Tuscan soup, a hearty potage made with bread and vegetables. There are many variations but the main ingredients always include leftover bread, cannellini beans and vegetables. It's a good way to use left overs.   Its name literally means "reboiled".

Ribollita, the first course at dinner.

 The second course, the pasta course, was troffi, a spiral shaped pasta, with homemade pesto sauce.

Troffi wih pesto sauce.

The main course was wild boar served with side dishes of polenta and spinach.  The boar was delicious, but it tasted more like beef than pork to me.

Wild boar, the main course.

We finished with a great dessert, panna cotta  topped with a rich chocolate sauce.
(See photo above).

I always finish my dessert.  Yummy!

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