April 19th , 2011 → 6:20 pm @ Susan

RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA

Generally, restaurants are open from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 19.30pm to 22:00 (pizzerias are normally open till much later). You will often find that a large restaurant is entered through a small bar at the front and from the outside looks as if there is no restaurant there at all, don’t be put off – you may miss out on a real treat. In Italian restaurants you do not normally wait to be seated, just walk in and sit down.

Listed below are some of the restaurants close by, those marked with * are some of our favourites.  Others have been recommended by previous visitors to Casa Lucia. 

*Da Remo, Monzone -Via C. Battisti – Tel: 0585 97933

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Via C. Battisti is the main street through Monzone so you can’t miss this place.

  • Very good food – the antipasto is a must!
  • Friendly service
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Monday

*Locanda del Lucido – Via Provinciale in Località Pian di Molino, 54013 - Tel: 0585 97547

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An absolute favourite!  A beautiful riverside restaurant with rustic charm and great food. An ideal place for a very relaxed lunch.  

  • The fresh trout with a glass of cold house wine is unforgettable!
  • Service is relaxed and charming
  • Outdoor eating at its best.  The children can paddle in the river.

*Al Vecchio Tino – Località Germalla. 1 Monte dei Bianchi, 54013 Fivizzano

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From Casa Lucia, turn right at the mail box and go down the hill and carry straight on to  Gragnola.  Follow the signs to Equi Terme/Gragnola/Mezzana/Monzone  etc.  Take this road and go through Gragnola until you come to a turning to the left to Mezzana.  Go to to the T junction in Mezzana  where there is a sharp turning to the left and follow the signs to the restaurant.  The last bit of the drive is an unmade up road so don’t be put off.  It opens up into the restaurant and ample car park.  This is a truly spectacular place and well worth the effort.
  • Great food, although a little more expensive than most restaurant in the area – the owner and chef is from Milan
  • Closed on Wednesday (except for Summer season)
  • Beautiful views (nearly as good as at Casa Lucia!) 
  • Payment by cash or credit card

 *Il Sicomoro, Cormezzano – Tel: 0585-99442

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On the main road between Aulla and Fivizzano just past the Gassano turn off.  From Casa Lucia, turn right at the mailbox, go down the hill, through Gassano and at the bottom of the hill (where you would turn left to Aulla and right to Fivizzano), Il Sicomoro is straight ahead of you. 

  • Good food – try the pasta with wild boar sauce. 
  • Lovely outdoor setting in August.  Cozy fireside setting in the winter.
  • Friendly, efficient service.
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Wednesday

* Ristorante Da Gambin, Podenzana – 0187 410106

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A little further away than the previous five restaurants but well worth the journey for the food and the location.  Set high in the hills above Aulla, this restaurant specializes in the local delicacy of panigacci – simple little pizza like breads served with sauces and as panini – that are really delicious and a treat for everyone, often a favourite with children.

  • Good and plentiful food
  • Friendly service
  • Beautiful setting
  • Credit cards accepted

Albergo Ristorante Da Pasquino, Aulla – Piazza Mazzini, 22 – Tel: 0187 420509

A good restaurant serving the Podenzana speciality, Panigacci. 

Ristorante Da Felice, Equi Terme – Tel: 0585-949307

A nice little restaurant on the road leading into Equi Terme.  

  • Hearty and rustic food
  • Good, friendly service
  • Reasonably priced 

Cera Una Volta (Once Upon a Time), Aulla – Tel: 0187 409798

You will find this fully restored restaurant on the right hand side of the main road out of Aulla going towards Pallerone (Fivizzano valley).  The setting is idyllic and is full of character.

  • Excellent food – good workman’s lunch (Pranzo di lavoro) during the week for 10 Euros!
  • Closed on Wednesday
  • Payment by cash and credit card

 Galletti, Crespiano -  Tel. 0187 484564

Galletti is on the on the right hand side of the main road going through Crespiano towards Comano.

  • Good food modestly priced but service can be slow.
  • Closed Wednesday (except for Summer season)
  • Payment by cash or Eurocheques

Il Giardinetto, Fivizzano – Via Roma, 151 FIVIZZANO – Tel. 0585 92060

A well-known restaurant which has been in the same family since 1882. One of our very favourites and a “must” for all visitors.

  • Very good food and good friendly service. The antipasto is excellent. 
  • Modest prices
  • Payment by cash or credit card

Ristorante Pizzeria Paradiso, Fosdinovo -Via Boccognano 6, 54035 - Tel. 0187 417058

This is a small place more suitable for lunch and snacks than for an evening meal.

  • Good food – try the lasagna
  • Friendly English-speaking staff.
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Thursday 

La Giara, Sarzana  – Via Bertolini 35, Sarzana

In the old part of town Via Bertolini runs off the main square at the bottom right hand corner

  • Very good food.
  • Pricier than many but very good value and good service.
  • English spoken
  • Closed Tuesday

La Sosta, Pallerone - Via F. Turati, Pallerone Tel: 0187 418095

This is at the side of the petrol station on the main road just outside Aulla at Pallerone. Especially good is the 3 course lunch for 10Euros including wine.

  • Crowded with local workmen at lunchtime.
  • Cheerful atmosphere
  • Good food
  • Credit cards accepted.

La Civetta – Via S. Giacomo, Pugliano. Tel: 0583 611352

Take the old Lucca road past Casola and on up through Vigneta, carry on for two miles. Just past the Pugliano sign La Civetta is on the right. The pizzas are better than the main courses. Stunning views.

  • Very good pizzas
  • Pleasant service – no English.
  • Modest prices
  • Credit cards accepted.

Il Re di Macchia – Via della Stazione, Casola in Lunigiana - Tel: 0585 90389

Via Stazione is the road out of Casola towards Pieve San Lorenzo and the restaurant is in a prominent roadside position just on the edge of Casola, so you can’t miss this place.

  • Very good food in this recently opened restaurant
  • Friendly efficient service with a smile.
  • Credit cards accepted

Bar Trattoria Cecchi – Via San Giacomo , Pugliano, Lunigiano - Tel: 0583 611057

Via San Giacomo is the old road to Lucca as it goes through Pugliano. The trattoria is by the roadside next to the Civetta

  • Very good workmans lunch (Pranzo di lavoro) - 4 courses with wine, coffee and water for 16 Euros! Local people say that the pasta is among the best in the area.
  • Friendly efficient service with a smile.
  • Supposedly closed Thursday but they don’t seem to. Normally open lunchtime only but will cook in the evenings to order.
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