Local food shops and other facilities (post
office, launderette, bars etc) can be found in
the valley (a 12 minute car ride away).
If you like shopping malls then the Lunigiana is
not for you! Italy regulates retail outlets in
such a way that traditional, small, family run
shops are favoured. This leads to a shopping
experience reminiscent of 1950s and 60s Britain.
For where and
how to buy the everyday essentials - click
Descriptions of the regional food specialities
(many of which are based on funghi and
chestnuts) may be found here.
These include Testaroli (a sort of pancake made
from wheat flour, water & salt which is then
boiled and cut up into small strips and is
usually served with Pesto) and Panigacci -
traditional unleavened bread, circular in shape,
made from a batter that is cooked in red hot
clay dishes over an open fire. They are served
as hot crispy pancakes spread with a soft
Stracchino cheese or filled with mixed cold
meats such as Parma ham, salami etc.
Generally speaking, the Lunigiana region can be
relied on for good food at modest prices. Within
15mins drive of the house are at least half a
dozen restaurants of one type or another. Some
are open only at lunchtime and offer "menu di
lavoro" - cheap (10-12euro) three course meals
nominally provided for local workers. Very much
to be recommended.
for details of the local establishments we