Recommended by Slow Food: Restaurant
Via Fratelli Bandiera 9
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Open: dinner only
Prices: 26-28 euro, wine excluded
All credit cards, Bancomat
The interior of this rustic restaurant boasts wide arches set on columns, a wood-burning grill and oven, and a lower dining area in what was once the old wine cellar, with stone walls, a wooden-beamed ceiling and an open fire which is lit almost year round. Run by Oliviero and Eugenia Gabossi and their daughter, they’ve managed to create a homely and inviting ambience in an already attractive setting.
To whet your appetite you’ll be served a little slice of pizza to niblle on while trying to decide from the large menu. The antipasti include a good selection of cured meats accompanied by polenta, salads and grilled vegetables. The menu always includes casoncelll camuni, or choose from potato gnocchetti with local scorzone truffles, pasta alia pastora, tripe and pasta and beans.
Then it’s on to duck with Savoy cabbage, baby wild boar (reared by Oliviero’s father) roasted in the wood fired oven and served with deeply savory potatoes with rosemary or chargrilled Brescia meats – the beef is excellent.
To finish off, a selection of Alpine cheeses and fresh caprini accompanied by polenta taragna and sweet-and-sour pickled vegetables, served with passito muffato wine. Homemade fruit tarts and seasonal fruit round off the meal.
The cellar offers around 40 prized regional wines, particularly from Franciacorta and Garda and the increasingly popular wines of the Valcamonica area (Merlot, Baldami etc.). There’s also a wide range of spirits, including a good genepy.
Courtesy in part of Osterie e locande d’Italia Slow food editore