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Ristorante La Mora

 

During a recent trip to Tuscany, I had lunch at Ristorante La Mora, which is situated at Ponte a Moriano, not far away from Lucca,

The history of La Mora goes back to 1867, and the current owner, Sauro Brunicardi, has been specializing in the regional foods of Lucca and the neighbouring Garfagnana. This love for rustic food has not prevented the restaurant from obtaining a coveted Michelin star.

The menu reads like Nancy Harmon Jenkins’ Flavors of Tuscany: zuppa alla frantoiana, garmugia lucchese, farinata garfagnina, pancotto al pomodoro for soups, crostini di rigaglie al vinsanto, tordelli, tacconi, castagnaccio, buccellato and so on.

My lunch consisted of:

  • budino di peperone dolce: a budino is a cooked pudding, often made of ricotta, or chocolate, sometimes even chestnuts; this version was made with yellow bell pepper, and as light as a feather;
  • gran farro is a soup made of cooked, and then mixed beans, in which the farro grain is cooked. The soup is always finished at the table with a drizzle of olive oil, and some freshly milled pepper. From the collection of olive oils in the dining room, Sauro chose the delicious Fubbiano brand.
  • il lombatino di maiale senese was a piece of pork loin of the famous Cinta senese pigs, served with oven roasted potatoes and chard.

I drank an excellent half bottle of Chianti Classico DOCG Péppoli 2005 from Antinori. The wine list is impressive with more than 500 wines to choose from. The cantina is in a separate building, on the opposite side of the street. Prices are more than reasonable: 3€ for a glass of house wine, and bottles start at 20€, although 2.500€ is also a possibility !

I finished the meal with a coffee (no dessert) and some home-made cookies. Including a bottle of water the bill was a more than reasonable 43€. This might seem expensive compared to the local Tuscan trattorie, but then this is top cuisine, made with immaculate produce and first class service.

Not to be missed if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Ristorante LA MORA

Via di Sesto di Moriano, 1748
Ponte a Moriano (Lucca)
tel. +39 0583 406402

Posted in restaurants, Tuscany.


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  1. Paolo Mennuccci says

    Hello, From San Francisco, California !!! My Name is Paul F E Mennucci & My Dad name is Frank ” Cecco ” Mennucci & was born in Lucca !!! In 1984, Me, My Wife, My Sister & of course my Dad had a chance to eat at one of our Family Restaurant. We were there for a week & enjoyed it all !!! The reason of why I’m writing is my Cousin is coming in a week & I see that it said that the Restaurant is closed !!! Is there anyone there that can show my Cousin where my Dad was born !!! It’s up in the hill & wish that I had the address. I have the plate of your Restaurant ” La Mora ” & cherished it with all my heart !!! Every time I see it, it brings back Memories of the week that I was there !!! So, again, is there anyone that can in touch with the Mennucci Family that knows my Dad !!! His real birth name is Francesco John Mennucci. When he came to California he never liked Francesco & wanted to be called Cecco !!! My Dad Passed away in 1998 & miss him sorely !!! I hope that someone can get back to me & let me know if I can get in touch with my Cousin that I have in Lucca !!! I appreciate it very much !!! Paolo Mennucci



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