The lively Trattoria Papei, brimming with locals? Yes! We knew this would be a great place and stopped for a lunch of sweet fresh melon, salty prosciutto and a yummy white wine. We were so impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly disposition of the staff (thank you Amadio!) we booked for dinner. Unfortunately, I was so busy enjoying my meal I forgot to take a photo! No worries, Michael's pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale (noodles in wild boar sauce) and my coniglio all'arrabbiata (rabbit cooked in white wine, rosemary and sage with a pinch of pepperoncini) is fixed in my memory!
Antica Trattoria Papei, Seina, Italy
The name escapes me...but the delight of this almond cream, shortbread crust yummy lingers on!
Dessert for Michael? Espresso, Espresso, Espresso!!
We experienced our finest dinning experience in Siena at the incredible Antica Osteria Da Divo. Chef Pino Di Cicco's exhaulted cuisine had us "Ohhh-ing and Ahhh-ing" like children at Christmas.
Appetizer: rabbit, braised to perfection
Michael's main course, the most amazing Risotto with fresh zucchini, basil and zucchini flowers served table-side...
...from a demi-seasoned Pecorino cheese wheel from Pienza and then...
...topped with more warmed Pecorino lovingly scrapped from the inside of the lid.
As for me...just look at my Ravioli stuffed with Cod and Potatoes on a Cannellini Bean Cream, topped with Browned Prawns...and weep!
My dessert: Sweet pastry with caramelized peaches, lemon cream and fresh berries.
...all wonderful, but the lemon cream... divine
For Michael, Coffee Mousse with Heart of Vanilla Crème Brulée in a Caramello Net...just gorgeous!
Dessert for the eyes; the rose-colored stone of Siena turns a luscious "burnt sienna" at dusk.
Next post; enjoying Umbria, our wonderful students and our adopted Italian family! Ciao for now! Victoria