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Leonessa: Trattoria Alesse

61 Corso S. Giuseppe, Leonessa (RI) , Phone: 0746.922.130

Closing day: Wednesday

Reviewed by: Bill Thayer from IL, review #886

When: 2004

Very cheap home cooking in a no-frills dining room; pretty good.

Tables set up with green unlabeled bottles of red wine with little plastic caps, and prix fixe €15. I ate pretty well. Minestra di farro, the consistency of oatmeal with bits of ground beef, pancetta, and a stray juniper berry (B+); pork chop & sausage alla braccia (B); potatoes — I'd been told that potatoes are a Leonessa thing — with oil and rosemary, quite like any other potatoes (B).

You're expected to end with fruit, but I asked for a dessert, was told "If we've got anything, I'll give it to you.", and what came was tozzetti con vin santo — the standard central Italian dessert, but unusually good, very crunchy, lots of almonds, and very good vin santo: all round, the dessert was an A. Oh and that wine in the green bottles was a Colli Amerini, quite adequate.

Overall rating: B+ Value for money: A

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