VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Day 62

Day 62 Sarzana to Massa.

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An uphill walk to start and then a long walk to Luni where pilgrims used to set sail to Santiago de Compostela.

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For you VF foodies. My high expectations for the food in Italy have not only been met but exceeded. Our lunch today in Massa deserves a special mention.

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IL Fatty is a little sandwich place near the very nice and comfortable Ostello Palazzo Nizza. We ordered a bottle of Sangiovese and then talked to the owner/chef Alessandro. He is an artist and so did not want us to order a roast beef sandwich which looked excellent as the waitress walked by. “You can get that anywhere”. “Ok Alessandro, what do you suggest?”

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With Chef/Owner Allesandro

Following his advice we had a slow cooked pork shoulder in spices and a few carrots and onions. Outstanding! Then his signature Tuscan special Lampredotto (tripe with spices). Now neither of us wanted tripe but Alessandro was so passionate we went with it. If I wasn’t still full I would go back for another. The bread or roll used for the Pannini’s was equally good.

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We then had a small dish of meatballs in a tomato sauce and a side of roasted potatoes. Last a pulpo(octopus) pannini that was every bit as good as any of the pulpo I have had in Galicia. It had wonderful spices and juice that soaked into the fresh roll enjancing the overall flavor.

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At this point we were full and immensely satisfied when Alessandro’s Mamma came in with today’s desserts; little upside down cheesecakes with various sauces inside. We chose the passion fruit. Scrumptious!
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Walking out we felt we had experienced a gourmet feast at this small unpretentious sandwich shop!

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