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Di Castile Leone: Ristorante San Francesco

Di Castile Leone/Torino


Reviewed by: Gavin Crawford from Australia, review #648

When: 2002

The two of us enjoyed a quiet two hour lunch ... Approx. 20 euro each, it was a bargain.

Directions: Half way up the mountain to Sacra de san Michele, near Torino.

Di Castile Leone might better be described as a community rather than a village. Some buildings restored and well maintained, others occupied by very elderly and poor people, and in a state of collapse. The restaurant has a photograph on the wall, of the restaurant in the late 1800ís. No other type of business was evident, and it didnít even have paved streets, just dirt lanes between the houses. We parked in a fenced car park, and entered the restaurant to find we were the only diners. The walls were decorated with massive framed jigsaw puzzles of palaces and ancient maps of the world.

The two of us enjoyed a quiet two hour lunch, electing for the degustation menu. Approx. 20euro each, it was a bargain.

The Antipasto came in two stages: First, a plate of proscuitto, speck (mainly fat but delicious) and dried meat. Second, a plate of grilled eggplant and zucchini (both topped with herbs), anchovies (in a sauce of either pesto or spinach), a slice of cheese with gooseberry jam, and marinated raw porcini.

Next, a pasta platter: spinach and ricotta ravioli topped with ground hazelnuts in olive oil, spinach ravioli, and fettucini with a porcini and rich tomato sauce.

A large bowl of polenta, and bowls of porcini and tomatoes and venison in a rich mushroom sauce.

Finally Dolci. What dolci!!! Panne cotti with strawberry coulis, tiramasu dusted with shaved chocolate and cocoa powder and slivered almonds and a rich chocolate blaumange.

Tea and espresso were almost too much.

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