Being originally from Forlì, the "La Monda" Restaurant (or "Da Alfio", after the name of the owner and the spirit behind this multi-decade venture) has been a landmark in my family's history of eating out.
Now, living abroad, having a lunch at "La Monda" has become a rarer bonus, and so much more appreciated precisely for this reason.
The menu has not changed for decades, and that's what keep a hord of aficionados coming back again and again. The fare - from first to main courses, and then on to side dishes and desserts - are a culinary panorama of what Romagna has to offer to the outside world. Home-made pastas, especially the filled varieties, are delicious. Main dishes, mostly grilled meat will send any passionate carnivore to seventh heaven, along with grilled or fried vegetables to complete the picture. Desserts, in turn, are made in the kitchen of the restaurant, with "zuppa inglese", a local version of trifle based on custard cream, leading the pack.
The wine served - mostly red - is made with grapes from the surrounding vinyards, and the bill will not fail to be a pleasant surprise to newcomers, especially in these times of crisis.
The dining-room is constantly peppered by the owner's presence, dashing between the tables while dispensing his humour and his warm welcome.
Although "La Monda" is not on the most travelled path in the world, no effort should be spared to try it if you are travelling anywhere between Bologna and the Adriatic Coast of Romagna.
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