And on this lovely early winter day, no rain to either get in, or get out of.
I usually avoid the Italian seaside in the summer, with the exception of Positano and a few places in Sardinia. So this winter, it was my first visit to Cesenatico, just south of Ravenna. It seems a delightful town, clearly set up for people to enjoy in the summer with many apartment buildings. But its real point of interest is the canal that leads down to the water. This canal is stocked with a variety of old boats at one end and at the ocean end are the fishing boats that supply the town with fresh fish daily.
I’ve mentioned in other articles that my travelling companion, The Tall Guy, is a walking encyclopedia, a cross I have borne for a good many more years than I care to mention. I see the colours, the water, the buildings, the quaint old museum-piece ships and feel the ambience; he sees a canal and port complex that was built at the behest of Cesare Borgia in the early 16th century and apparently Leonardo da Vinci may have had a hand in its design when he wasn’t busy on other stuff. So there you go.
We had come there both to see the boats and to eat, but being winter, not many restaurants were open. We chose Leon D'Oro because it had a great view of the canal and was on the sunny side of the street. we couls have sat outside, but we didn't. There was a chill wind blowing off the water, which I am sure would be welcome in the summer but not in winter, even on a mild day like this one.
These are not the best reasons for choosing a restaurant but we were lucky this time. The man running the restaurant was friendly and the food was simple, honest and delicious.
As it is a pizzeria/restaurant The Tall Guy had a pizza called Volcano; he loves chilli flavored pizza, and I had a seafood platter that was huge and delicious. It offered all my favorites - a few prawns, squid, two different fish fillets and, best of all, a scallop.
I love it when you stumble across an old fashioned restaurant like this. It reminds me of my childhood, although the food was not as good back then. One of the charming things about Italy is that lots of restaurants are completely oblivious to new trends in interiors. They put their energies into the food, not the look of the place.
So some of my favorite restaurants, which consistently serve up fabulous food, are painted hideous shades of pink or peach, are bedecked with plastic flowers, or in this case are festooned with fishing nets complimented by an extraordinary mural. It's all part of the adventure.
Address: Via Marino Moretti, 3
Zip/Post Code: 47042
Location Tips: Past the Antique Ships Exhibition, left side of canal
Phone: +39 0547 83016
N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc