We are an American couple who live in the area.
The first thing that impressed me on my first visit several years ago was a little story on the menu about the, "Cucina Povera". The poverty kitchen. How people managed to eat in in the really hard times. These have become my favorite dishes. The owner, Maurizio, is a very bright guy who does a lot of research on food. He has a couple of new dishes worth investigating.
Some years ago they found a man who froze in the Alps who over 5,000 years ago. They analyzed the contents of his stomach and found a grain, Grano Monocco, that hasn't been around since the Bronze age. Maurizio found out that they had extracted the DNA of this grain and are now growing it! Maurizio found it and now has two pasta dishes on his menu made from this ancient grain. It has no gluetin and is very healthy. Google it, it's interesting. I liked it.
Monna Lisa has many fancy contemporary dishes to tempt you, but I love the traditional dishes made to Monna Lisa's standards. Nobody does it better. Where else can you try food that hasn't been around for 3,000 years?
Maurizio is one of those rare people who is actually smarter than he thinks he is. A rare man. Trust his judgment about food and wine, you'll be the richer for it.
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