way up high on a mountain plateau, wedged between two
fantastic marble quarries, is the hill top village above
Carrara and the restaurant Venanzio! Cut from the very
stone that Michelangelo himself used to sculpt, this area
is steeped in so much artistry and culture.
just off the village square, restaurant Venanzio offers
some spectacular Pasta and meat dishes, all of which are
traditional to this particular mountainous area of Italy.
anti-pasta was not exactly what you’d call the most
Hippy of dishes, although again this is authentic dining
experience of the area, and thus we are gracious guests
to our hosts wherever we are entertained. So, we started
off with some very typical appetizers of the area, made
from marble cured pork fat, sliced thinly and put on crackers.
The Hippy Gourmet himself and much of our vegetarian/vegan
crew did not partake, but they politely handed their portions
over to their producer and director who although is not
one to eat meat, did in fact show the others how to be
a good guest.
pasta dish was wonderful, homemade ravioli with several
cheeses, prepared deliciously and fresh for our visit.
Several main courses were also prepared to perfection,
along with an assortment of Dulce or desserts that were
out of this world.
of the most amazing things about restaurant Venanzio was
the young owner and chef, who standing atop a mountain
seemed like a character right out of an ancient story.
Of course being in a place where one can see the blue
sky contrasting against the grey and white exposed marble
mountain sides, looking down in the valley of Carrara
and off into the cool blue Mediterranean, it’s easy
to get lost in the romance of this place!