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Traversa: Jolanda

Reviewed by: CeCe from CA, review #153

When: 2002

An interesting place to stop for lunch near the A1 from Bologna to Florence.

Directions: In the village of Traversa, off the S65 highway (use Roncobilaccio exit off the A1).

From CeCe's trip report: Based on a Slow Traveler recommendation, we stopped for lunch at "Jolanda". The winding road took us, the only car on the road, through a mist-covered forest and beautiful green hills. We had no idea how far we had to travel. It was a shock when we suddenly saw a few buildings, one of which was the restaurant. We enjoyed our meal -- Richard ordered a steak which was sold by the gram. He asked for a small one, but ended up with a major hunk of meat that lasted for several sandwiches and a frittata!

Reviewed by: Jules from FL, review #152

When: 2001

The food and wine was better than found in cities such as Florence and Rome. True home Italian cooking.

Directions: Northern Tuscany, off the A1 autostrada to Bologna.

From Jule's vacation rental review: Nearby to the villa we rented was a delightful, family owned restaurant, "Jolanda". It was passed down from a Mother to her own two daughters. Their daughters, sisters and cousins, now work there with the male members of family helping out on weekends. The food and wine was better than found in cities such as Florence and Rome. True home Italian cooking. We were also treated as celebrities ... being from America and traveling at this time. The whole experience was memorable. They asked for a picture of our group to hang on the wall. The food and wine was also less expensive than in the cities. Average meal for two was $14.00 to $17.00 including wine and a after dinner liquor. We ate many of our evening meals there.

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