What with the continued closure of two of Bagni di Lucca’s favourite restaurants – Borghese and Circolo dei Forestieri – I’m always on the look-out for alternative places.
Yesterday I followed up Debra Kolkka’s posts at http://bellabagnidilucca.com/2012/05/20/eat-well-in-fornoli/ and at http://bellabagnidilucca.com/2014/02/18/workmans-lunch-at-la-ruota/
I concur completely with her report and thoroughly recommend this eatery. The entrance to Fornoli’s La Ruota restaurant is round the back of La Ruota bar and up a flight of stairs (may be difficult for some disabled people).
The dining area is spacious and modern in décor. There are some very nice views from the picture windows:
I opted for the worker’s lunch at eleven euros. This was the menu:
I chose the tagliatelle which were absolutely “al dente” as I like them and with a ragù sauce that was not over-salty (as I sometimes find in other places).
I followed this with a plateful of neatly-sliced roast beef and a contorno of French fries. The portion was more than ample and I had little need for a supper yesterday.
The worker’s lunch price includes bread, water (fizzy or still) a carafe of wine and coffee. My only minor criticism is that I wish they’d included a bit of focaccia and wholemeal bread.
It’s incredible that this place has been going for at least three years and that I’ve only discovered it now.
Spring is quite definitely in the air and certainly on the ground. I feel maliciously gleeful that I’ve avoided the worst of the dismal rainy winter weather the poor folk have been having in this part of the world and can wake up to another beautifully clear dawn promising warmer weather to come. As PBS famously said “if winter comes can spring be far behind?”
In case you didn’t know this week-end promises to be a hive of great social activities. On Saturday it’s women’s day and on Sunday it’s the Carnevale at Fornoli!