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Ferrara: Osteria al Brindisi

Via Adelardi, 11

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Susie L from CA, review #730

When: 2002

The oldest osteria in Italy, located in the shadow of Ferrara's Duomo. No credit cards.

Directions: See map on website.

The entrance to this osteria gives onto a wine bar area, with the tables off to the side. There are only about 6 tables, so reservations are recommended. The table area is non-smoking.

Our meal for 2: Wine - 1998 Corte Madonnina Vigneto in Primara Fortana, Fortana del Bosco Eliceo-DO Primi - I had passatelli in brodo. Passatelli consists of a bread crumb, egg and parmigiano mixture kneaded like pasta and flavored with a little lemon rind and nutmeg. It is extruded through round holes (you can use a potato ricer, but there are passatelli gizmos just for this purpose) directly into the simmering meat broth. It makes for a very comforting, but light soup dish. Mark had cappelletti in brodo. (Small squash stuffed pasta, similar in size to tortellini) Secondi - We both had roasted beef, with a brown sauce flavored with carrots, peppercorns and juniper berries. It was served with wedges of grilled polenta. We also ordered mixed, grilled vegetables, which consisted of zucchini, eggplant, red bell pepper, onions and endive, all drizzled with olive oil. We finished off with espresso and grappa. Our bill for two was 48 euro. Brindisi website

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