Alatri is a wonderful town nestled in the heart of the Hernico hills. The Hernico Hills are to be found in the south of Lazio, in the region of Frosinone, and border with Abruzzo. They are both cultural and natural treasure in Lazio with their picturesque mountains which are perfect for hiking, and birdwatching, skiing. Then, the 16 historical towns that make up the mountain community. They are named after a pre-Roman culture that once resided in the area, the Hernico, who were eventually assimilated and swallowed into the Roman empire.
For the pernicious sin of gluttony,
I, as thou seest, am battered by this rain.» (Inferno, VI, 52-54)
This was our third visit to the osteria, and we were a bit skeptical when we entered into its new location. Our first two visits had been darling. The osteria was a hole in the wall with the capacity to seat about 15 people, max. The new location is to levels and has the capacity to seat at least 50 people. With the change, would the quality of the food change? Would the service be less friendly and personal? It only took us about 5 minutes to realize there was nothing to worry about. They were able to move to a bigger location based on the quality of the food. The place was packed, the service excellent and friendly with the addition of ONE waitress, and the food, in a word, excellent.
The main event for me were the mixed crostini, which are small toasts. They came with a small amount of oil dribbled over them, and with tiny serving bowls and spoons for self service. The sauces were all homemade, fresh and lovely. They included black truffle sauce, hot peppers, and an olive paste. Of course my favorite was the black truffle, which paired excellently with the Cesanese del Piglio.
For my second course I ordered a side dish of cime di rape in padella, which are sauteed field greens from the area. Man, it was a delicious plate and a great way to finish off my meal. I love cime di rape because it is both slightly sweet, when cooked with garlic, and slightly bitter. It is healthy as well. One cup of this vegetable will provide more iron than a beef hamburger patty, which I would never eat because beef is disgusting and comes from a murdered cow. I'll take the field greens, thanks!
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