There is a new restaurant in Lucca called Nonna Clara. They serve great local food at reasonable prices. The setting is very nice and the service brisk and friendly.
They have translated their menu into English, obviously without the help of an English speaking person. I love it when restaurants do this and these translations were particularly delightful. Porcini mushrooms were described as mushrooms of the porky kind….really. I somehow missed taking a photo of this bit of the English menu, but I did get some of the others.
The porky mushrooms are featured here on bruschetta.
I’m still trying to work out….to the I crush. The beef steak is actually pork from the cinta senese, which is a particular type of pig from the area and it is very good. The pig has a distinctive band around its middle, hence the surrounded bit.
I went back the other day and the English menu seems to be retired for the winter. I hope they bring it back when the tourists return.
This last photo must be of Nonna Clara’s lovely old hands.
I hope you try this restaurant in Piazza S. Maria Foris Portam in Via Santa Croce in the heart of Lucca. Please don’t tell them I laughed at their menu. I know they should get help with their translations, but I hope they don’t. I think it is wonderful.