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Anzi: AgriSarli

SS 92, Contrada Macinile , Phone: 0971.962810


Reviewed by: valerie from Italy, review #2710

When: 2007

Unbelievable introduction to Basilicatan cuisine. Good, hearty regional dishes served by a sweet couple

Directions: Right off the main highway before reaching San Donato and Anzi

I am very partial to this place, love it dearly, and have dreams about the hand-made ravioli. It is just that good. It is a country restaurant serving up typical Lucanian fare. We’re talking Grandma’s home-cookin’ kind of food here. We’re talking “worth the trip from miles away” kind of food. The owners’ adorable little son, Massimiliano, will charm you as much as the cooking.

I’ve dined here three times now and have never been disappointed and never gone away even remotely hungry. Meals are served up with hearty bread made from semola flour. In Basilicata they like to present grand antipasti consisting of several plates. Here we have encountered as many as 8 before pleading to move on to the next course (or in my case, I’d order a contorno of vegetables and call it good, but I go there with local family who would not possibly consider such a notion).

The best strategy is to let them bring out a small sampling (one portion of antipasto would suffice for 3 people!) and whatever pasta they have fresh that day but if ravioli happens to be on the list, grab it up. The ricotta is made fresh daily nearby and renders the tender pasta exquisite, dressed with a fresh tomato sauce lightly fragrant with mint.

Lamb normally makes up the secondi choices, either grilled or stewed and served with potatoes. Huge fruit platters finish off the meal much more nicely than heavy desserts. Hearty fare is the mainstay of this high-altitude town.

The owners are scrupulous about using only locally produced ingredients. They personally know every one of their producers and suppliers and choose only the best they can find. The bottled water from Monte Vulture is the one thing that comes from outside the immediate area (but still from Basilicata). They are welcoming and the place feels homey with Massimiliano wandering around the dining room precociously.

I heartily recommend this place if you are anywhere near the vicinity of Potenza. The lovely drive alone is worthwhile, but the food will more than make up for the detour.

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