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Ristorante Da Gusto - Forli

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July 6, 2016 / Italian / By
Anna

On a recent group-outing to the city of Forli to see an exhibition of paintings covering over five hundred years years, inspired by Renaissance great Piero della Francesca, I had my notions of art challenged. The English-speaking guide failed to convince me that a contemporary black and white painting of empty bottles was inspired by della Francesco. But then she was struggling to speak English and possibly should not have taken the extra fee our group had paid for a fluent English-speaking guide.

As luck would have it, we had in our party an Italian man who not only spoke fluent English, he was also a direct lineal descendent of Fra Filippo Lippi, another famous fifteenth century Florentine painter, who may have had some influence upon the somewhat younger della Francesca. He graciously assisted the translator and from that point onwards, the tour looked up. (You may be wondering how it is that a man of the Church, as Lippi was, came to have direct lineal descendants. More enlightened times perhaps? Or a certain tolerance shown towards all activities of the gifted?)

Come lunchtime, it was essential that we be well catered for, being a mixed party of Italians and foreigners. It is of course the Italians that insist on a good meal. 

Using insider knowledge - the brother-in-law of the son-in-law of one amongst us had given a particularly ordinary looking restaurant a very good report. The brother-in-law, in fact, takes his pranzo (lunch) there everyday. With nothing else to go on, we decided to give it a try. As the heading picture shows, this wasn’t a tourist establishment. It was Italian locals only (apart from us).

It started well with a particularly good bubbly Pinot-Chardonnay, which I think is was nicer than the Proseccos we usually drink in Umbria.

The antipasti was the usual array of local cold meats and a perfectly ripe melon. Three kinds of delicious pasta followed, small portions thankfully.

 

It was interesting to see how much the Italians ate, all bar one being very slender and all with very heathy appetites. Despite the numerous bottles of red wine brought to the table, few were drinking more than a glassful. I stuck to the bubbles as I cannot take read wine in the heat.

The final course was three kinds of grilled meat: veal, beef and chicken, all served with potato chips. So there was plenty to eat, yet the Italian men weren't satisfied - no salad and no dessert. So off they went to the freezer to help themselves to gelato. This seemed to be fine with the restauranteur. 

I’ve certainly learnt not to judge an Italian restaurant by its outward appearance, as the food was far better than I had hoped looking from the street. The price was a little steep at €30 each especially compared to what we would pay in Umbria, but there was plenty of it. Higher prices seem to be the norm the further north you go in Italy


Ristorante Da Gusto

Country: Italy

Province/State: Emilia-Romagna

City: Forli

Address: Via Zampeschi 7

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: +39 0543 720165

Website:Facebook page "Ristorante...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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