I've begun downloading some photos from my stay last week in Umbria and discovered that apart from cooking class photos, I have just one restaurant food picture. But what food, and what a lovely restaurant!
This is an incredible dessert which Mary T., from Genius Loci, and I shared during a delightful lunch at the L'Antico forziere country house restaurant near Deruta.
We ordered their Gran Dessert which for a mere € 10 includes a gorgeous presentation of strawberry mousse, orange cream soufflé, lemon cream tart, vanilla mousse, pistachio and vanilla cream cake and delicious little decorations. I love the Italian attention to detail, which helped to make the platter too beautiful to devour (so we ate it in ladylike fashion.)
We started with a lovely glass of prosecco, courtesy of our server who also provided a tasty amuse-bouche and cute little pre-dessert dessert.
If I remember correctly (and having just taken a peek at their online menu to refresh my memory), Mary started with tropea onions mould perfumed with Chardonnay, served with aubergine, tomato and roast potatoes. I ordered roast potatoes and braised leek mould with “Colonnata” lard on taleggio cheese cream. I never dreamed that I would order lard in a restaurant, but this transparent strip of a tenderly aged pork product was fantastic.
For our main course, I think we both had a special spaghetti with basil pesto, potatoes and fresh tomato. It looked -- and tasted -- wonderful!