We have been dining at C'era una Volta relatively regularly for three years now, and it is difficult to recognise the review by "Bastone" , I would guess something very unusual must have happened that day! Anyway, on the basis of it being one of two "regular" stopping places to eat in Lunigiana, I can vow that this restauant is worth a visit. The place is run by a young couple, and for those who struggle with their Italian, Maria Grazia can assist in a charmingly accented English. The interior is a restored cantina, plenty of atmosphere with stone and wood (no plastic!).
There is usually a daily "pranzo di lavoro" or worker's lunch at very reasonable price - don't expect high gastronomy here, but good simple fare. For those who want to experiment, the normal menu has several unusual dishes (that change with the season), such as ravioli stuffed with borage or crepes made of chestnut flour with cured ham. In addition there is a selection of interesting wines at reasonable cost - also with some excellent examples from local vinyards that you won't find many places!
To finish the meal we recommend the homemade chocolate torte - dense, dark and delicious (we prefer it cold rather than heated).
All in all, a really lovely little place that will keep you coming back - which is easy as it is only 5 -10 minutes from the Aulla autostrada exit.
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