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“i little jewel”
Review of Gastaldia d'Antro

Gastaldia d'Antro
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Pulfero
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 31, 2016

which is really hidden. But the food was incredible good, the staff very friendly. Also the wines, which were suggested by the owner, were very tasty.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

A very nice atmosphere is recreated in this small restaurant/osteria near San Giovanni d’Antro, an old small town in the area of Cividale del Friuli (Forum Iulii), a city full of history from the middle-ages. The Gastaldia derives from a Langobard term “gastaldo” or “castaldo”, who used to be a local administrator on behalf of the king. Langobards were a Germanic tribe who ruled a Kingdom in Italy from 568 to 774.

The owner and manager of the place, Maurizio, greets the guests in a very friendly way, usually offering them a welcome drink and appetizer. We were served the following menu, an excellent choice of local and traditional dishes of the Natisone river valley (valli del Natisone), who blend the culture of Friuli, Slovenia, and Austria in their cuisine. Almost everything was home-made, baked or cooked. The herbs and the local plants were selected and picked by Maurizio, who was also eager to teach the customers on the properties of the herbs and their qualities.

The food was amazing, well cooked meat, with nice aromas and special tastes, provided by the carefully selected herbs. I cannot give less than 5 start to this place! I will definitely go back and warmly recommend it to anyone I know.

Wine for the appetizer: Prosecco with wine syrup (“uva fragola”, fox grape)
Wine for the meal: a local Cabernet-Sauvignon

* Appetizers and starters*
“Radicchio in savor” (chicory with herbs)
Olives with bits of pear
Trout with horseradish mousse (“kren”)
Zucchini roll with cheese from Montefosca (a small village in the north of the Natisone River valley)
Bresaola wrapped around bits of cheese from Montefosca
Vegetables vinaigrette
Wild garlic soft cheese roulade

* First course*
Marvice (read: “marvize”, small “gnocchi”, Italian dumplings similar to spaetzli made of potatoes) garnished with cheese, walnuts and white meat gravy

* Second course*
Angus chop steak
Braised Angus poached in Schioppettino wine
Chicken roll stuffed with pears

All meat dishes were garnished with chopped hard-boiled eggs with Rough Hawk’s-Beard (“Crepis Biennis” a plant of the dandelion family: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepis_biennis), carrots, mashed potatoes and green beans

* Dessert *
Spumone “semifreddo” with almonds
Stewed Strucchi, a typical pastry from the Natisone river valley.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We consider ourselves experiences travellers and real foodies. We come back to this restaurant at least twice a year, to us this is one of the gems in the Natisone valley. The restaurant is situated on the hill side and has a stunning view over the valley. The atmosphere is rustic, but the place is well maintained and well renovated. The owner Maurizio has a first phlegmatic appearance, but has a encyclopedial knowledge of local herbs and food in general and will tell you all the details whenever you're interested.

The dishes are all home made and artisinal, home grown herbs are used in a creative and balanced way. We usually take several first courses as well as second courses and share with each other to have the full experience. Portionings are good and the speed of serving is on the quick side, but if you want to slow down they will be happy to adjust. Desserts are equally good and deserve some room at the end of your dinner.

The wine list consist of mostly local Friuli wines, both international and local grape varieties. Quality is good and has a fair price. There's also a small selection of non-Friuli wines. Don't leave with a sip of the 32-herbs grappa...

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1  Thank ChrisHaenen
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

If you desire a great meal cooked with local herbs, vegetables and spices, this is the place. A medieval gem set in the woods with intricate wood carvings is the background. The proprietor Maurizio wil tell you everything you can imagine about the local surroundings and perhaps more than you care to know. The food is excellent and different and you won't be disappointed if you let Maurizio choose the dishes for you. Vegetarians are in heaven here, but you can also taste game and assorted meats.

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