Such an Italian Experience

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On Saturday night we met up with one of Jackie’s old school friends. What an incredible restaurant with awesome people. But what an Italian experience!

A Composition of pics from La Sangiovesa
A Composition of pics from La Sangiovesa

So as these things happen in the age of technology, an old school friend of Jackie’s saw, on Facebook, that we were in town and invited Jackie and I to join her, and her friends from Milan, for dinner. Messages went back and fourth and it was decided that we would join them at 1 of three choices, the location to be decided on later. So we go about our day trying to sort out our residence cards and ID documents (a subject for another post!) and eventually around 2pm we decide we should contact them to find out where we are going for dinner. We hear nothing… total radio silence. So around 7pm we decide that we’ll go to the Port ourselves for the Italian version of fish and chips by the quayside. We start getting ready, and at about 7:50 we get a call saying “Sorry, we were at the beach and there was no signal. Dinner is on at Santarcangelo di Romagna and is booked for 9:30, Ciao”.

The Silver Bullet
The Silver Bullet

Well, being in the spirit of adventure that we have adopted, we hop in our little silver bullet, which is a very old Renault Clio being held together with spit and polish, and dash off towards the little village near Rimini, which is an hour away from where we live.

WOW, what a beautiful and spectacular town with a rich history. We’ll go back during the day and take loads of pictures. The restaurant, La Sangiovesa is an old barn and cellar beneath and equally old Palazzo.

The ladies cooking Piadina at 'La Sangiovesa' restaurant.
The ladies cooking Piadina at ‘La Sangiovesa’ restaurant.

The farm, or estate, is called Tenuta Saiano and it produces all of what is on the menu. They refer to the cooking style as “Slow Food” which to them means that they make everything the old fashioned way, down to the wheat, which they grind with a stone mill and water wheel. They cure the meat themselves and also make all of their bread and piadina (a pita like flat bread that is traditional in the Romagna region).

The cherry on the top of this restaurant, besides the wonderful food, is the old medieval cellar and well that you can go and throw a coin into. Al in all it was a fantastic experience and we will go back to the village and explore the area and the estate, Tenuto Saiano more when have a chance. Bella Italia!

Plates of Antipasti… So yum!
Plates of Antipasti… So yum!
The old well at the bottom of the cellars
The old well at the bottom of the cellars