I honestly do not even know that Colonnata lardo (lard) could be so good, and saying the truth I was not focused where exactly it was this so known (for the lardo) Colonnata. We were based in Massa Carrara and we were looking for a good restaurant that could alleviate the our hard work…
What a discovery! How wonderful!
The small medieval hamlet is reached by an arduous road that climbs Apuan Alps. Here are the caves where the marble is extracted. Large slabs of white marble, mined since Roman times, and today exported all around the world (if crisis still allow us.. Sic!).
The journey would be worth it anyway, but while we’re here, why not enjoy a nice plate of that famous lardo?
And thanks to our bible of the best restaurant in Italy (Slow Food guide) we found Venanzio.
The bow with which the owner opens the door inspires a lot of sympathy, the love with which he tells us the history of the restaurant a guarantee of quality.
I read some reviews on trip advisor about Venanzio who attacked it for the price: but two we spent € 70 with three starters, two main courses, one second, a cake, a bottle of wine and spirits offered by the restaurant. we’re talking about a restaurant that is well worth every penny: lard, aged 14 months and produced almost exclusively by the family owner of the restaurant was a must! It was like eating a ham as it was delicate, with which the raw angus was accompanied was also extraordinary. Good also cheese cake, and then… then ravioli! The tomatoes which were very fresh and was dressed in a pale red color that left doubt about its authenticity, the filling was sublime: pork and beef cooked three hours.
I do not know what other herbs that made them special and delicious with their light sweet and sour taste.
Even the rabbit with lard was good, but frankly, our Venanzio promotion had already achieved plenty.
To finish the dessert, a classic creme brulee madewith all the trappings of creme brulee.
We point out some other interesting dishes on the menu: bacon with mustard, eggs with truffles, truffle noodles, lasagne with mixed green borage, pappardelle with hare, guinea fowl stuffed with truffles, fillet and bacon sauce Chianti.
P.S. We thank the hand that Sacha has worked for the photo
PARKING: easy in winter, more difficult in summer
COST: around 35-40 euro
PHONE: 0585758033 (book in summer!)
CLOSE: Thursday and Sunday at lunch (and late December)
ADDRESS: Piazza Palestro 3, 54030 Colonnata (Massa Carrara)
POSITIVE: very nice lard made by the owner of the restaurant, interesting menu, nice ambient, fair prices
NOT TO MISS: Colonnata lard