I am continuing my journey through Italy. Thanks for sticking with me as I continue on. I will be sharing more blogs here and there in between recipes and restaurant reviews. But I promise you want to keep up. The best is still to come.
Day two started out early with breakfast. We had a full day ahead.
First breakfast at the hotel was impressive. Not a traditional American breakfast but very good.
But first Caffe. Yes, perfect way to start the day. While organizing ourselves for the day.
After breakfast our Tour bus was waiting on us to bring us to a press conference.
The Press Conference was held at the same place that the Autunno Pavese was held the night before.
A new app was released called, BUONO A SAPERSI . This app was designed to promote local tourism and knowledge of regional food products.
After discussion and release of the new app it was time to head out.
We were spending a large part of our day in Vigevano. Vigevano is a town near Milan. Located in Northern Italy.
It was about a 30 minute drive from our location.
Once we arrived in Vigevano, the architecture of the buildings were absolutely stunning.
We arrived at Piazza Ducale. This was such a gorgeous area.
It was a rainy day, but we had umbrellas so we could really enjoy this beautiful area.
We decided to have lunch first before we started our Tour.
On the blog today, I am sharing about the restaurant we had lunch at L’oca Ciuca.
As we were heading to lunch, we were stopped by a gentlemen outside of an Ice Cream Shop. The Ice Cream Shop was Vero Latte.
I will share a video of this place in my next blog post. Yes, I am teasing you again. But I promise you don’t want to miss it.
Back to L’OCA Ciuca, “L’OCA Ciuca serves up fresh pasta, bread and breadsticks and desserts. Platters that consist of fine goose cured meats of the Lomellina tradition, refined cheeses, fine Piedmontese Fassona meats, duck, goose and game. These are the business card of the restaurant. These are born from the passion for good food and good wine”.
We arrived at L’OCA Ciuca and I immediately noticed the outdoor covered seating area. With a view of the Renaissance court of Ludovico il Moro.
As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff.
They seated us in a back area that was setup with a family style table.
The owner of the Restaurant welcomed us and shared a little about L’OCA Ciuca. As well as what we would be eating for lunch.
A little while after that the food started coming out. We were ready to enjoy all that they had to offer.
First up was the Pumpkin Flan. The Pumpkin Flan with Taleggio cheese. This dish was amazing. Changed my life.
Though it was pumpkin, it was a savory dish. The flavors of the Flan and the cheese paired so well together. I couldn’t stop eating it.
It was a rich dish, but oh so good!
For those who don’t know what a Flan is, a flan is a baked dish that is either savory or sweet. So good.
This was my first savory Flan. Delicious.
Next was the Fine goose Salami & Grandma Bruna’s Pate. This starter consisted of items I had never tried before. But wow, absolutely delicious.
I’ve had my share of dried beef salami. But this was fine goose salami. Melt in your mouth salami. Delicious.
I’ve never eaten Pate but this pate was smooth and paired nicely with the bread. Not over flavorful but it was really good.
For the sake of my readers who have no idea what Pate is, Pate “is a mixture of ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste. Liver is most commonly used. There are literally endless combinations of other ingredients. Vegetables, herbs, spices, other meats, etc”.
Every restaurant is different so it’s possible every time you have Pate it will be different. Simply because it will depend on what ingredients they use in the Pate.
Italy is known for Risotto. So you guessed it, Risotto is what’s up next.
For this particular Risotto, a Carnaroli Rice was used with Borlotti Beans & Goose Sausage. What a great pairing.
The sausage and the beans were so flavorful. They nailed this risotto. The flavors were so nice.
The beans were similar to pinto beans. A very good Risotto.
We also tried Goose Leg that is cooked for 12 hours with roasted New potatoes. The goose was very tender. The new potatoes were crispy. Served with a side of pears. The pears with the goose was delicious.
To end the lunch, we were served Hazelnut Ice Cream.
The hazelnut ice cream was good. I am not a big fan of Hazelnut but it was good. At this point I was stuffed. Wow what a good lunch.
In Italy after every meal, a Caffe is offered. A Caffe is Italian coffee. I also learned that a Latte is not served after lunch time. It’s actual offensive to ask for it. Italians believe having a cappuccino after lunch will mess up your digestive system. Interesting if I must say myself.
I love traveling Internationally, you learn so much!
Overall, our dining experience at L’oca Ciuca was incredible. Great service, food and great people.
Italians know how to serve good food with a good atmosphere.
Before leaving, I had a chance to chat with the owner. Super nice lady!
L’oca Ciuca is located at Via XX Settembre 35 – 27029 Vigevano (PV)
Telephone and Fax 0381 348 091 and email: [email protected]
Be sure to tell them that Da’Stylish Foodie sent you!