This is the first of three sketches on our autumnal Trento pilgrimage…which commenced with our beloved Menestrinas, at Osteria Fior di Roccia.
We had the amazing Gran Bollito misto
But we could not let the chestnut menu go…
Chestnut gnocchi with walnuts and sultanas:
The Chestnut stuffed Hen:
Menestrina has the soul of a master patissier…
With the Bollito misto menu came
Bread and apple pudding with Schiava reduction:
Chocolate and chestnut ‘cupoletta’, sharon fruit coulis
Chesnut and sharon fuit, that eternal autumnal combination, found on all tables from trattoria to multistarred (remember Hibiscus for example?)….but not everybody has a knack for it, nor the right raw material. At 2* Hibiscus, for example, the sharon fruit (and we must say, the whole dessert) was vastly inferior to the one we had here (at a small fraction of the price).
And have a look at the chestnut cremy triumph inside the gracious crunchy cupoletta, please :
As ever, in this simple and friendly trattoria, one finds materials of stunning quality cooked with passion and integrity, and, incredibly, with the precision and imagination of high cuisine. Menestrina modestly says: ‘I’m not after masterpieces, I only do things as they should be done’. And he does!