This was recommended in Lonely Planet, which we have found pretty reliable, as 'worth a trip' - it wasn't so far from our base in Barga and we had been in Bagni di Lucca for the afternoon, so we wound our way up the steep hairpin bends to this little village, having rung in the morning to check opening hours as recommended in the book! It certainly was worth the trip. It was without doubt the best food I have ever eaten in Italy. No printed menu - as the lovely woman serving us said - 'I am the menu'- but there was plenty choice and every mouthful was an absolute delight! We had two different pastas for Primi Piatti - a ravioli so thin it was silken in your mouth, filled with wonderfully flavoured wild game, and taglialini with a ragu of sausage, saffron and other tasty stuff I can't remember! I followed this with rabbit with olives, my partner had delicious pork, and we had very drinkable house wine. One thing which struck me was a very subtle but magical use of spices - and some unusual ones - and herbs which lifted the dishes to a new level. Unfortunately for me most of the desserts than night happened to involve almond, which I dislike, but I had yummy meringue with lashings of small sweet strawberries and cream. We both had a couple of drinks on the terrace before which was fun too, bar is well used by locals and full of character. Service was excellent. There were only 3 other tables that night, but it wasn't into high season and I believe at the weekend and holidays it is very busy so booking is advisable. All this for less than 60 Euros! Such great value. Also noticed that families at the other table were very welcomed. As LP said - 'worth the trip'!
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