GENERAL STUFF: An unplanned find, but our experience was excellent at this local and extremely price conscious mountain restaurant in the Appennines. Very cheap bill for excellent food.
We were too early in the season for our chosen lunch restaurant, so we looked for what was nearest and open.
Hallelujah for Ristorante l'Appenino, where we ate well with a mostly Italian clientele.
LOCATION: It's on the bend of a hill approaching Firenzuola, and would be easy to drive past.
CLIENTELE AND WHEN TO VISIT: It was filled with Italians, including local workers. We were there for lunch.
ATMOSPHERE: This is a warm Mom and daughter, and perhaps even granddaughter restaurant. The atmosphere was very much that of a successful family business.
DECOR: It's clean, and has been recently redecorated to a good standard. Light colours, and subtle table dressing.
FOOD: This was 'casareccia' cooking at its best. Momma prepared and cooked all, and daughters worked the tables. Starter, main course and dessert were all excellent.
Locally produced wine was on each and every table. We had a juice and a prosecco at the bar while waiting for the dining area to open. And at the end, the bill for more than a three course lunch was €60 euro. For the quality of food, and also the setting and atmosphere, this was an unbelievably generous price.
Generous portions, kind welcome and no fuss. The best of Italy. The veal chops were astoundingly tasty.
FACILITIES: Everything is spotlessly clean in Momma's kitchen, bar and bathrooms.
WOULD WE RETURN? Yes. We would make our way to eat there. This would be an easy and scenic day trip from Florence. No wonder Eric Newby fell in love in the Appennines.
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