Alla Piazza di Sopra in Filetto.
|A medieval street in the Lunigiana village of Filetto.|
Since you can no longer drive through town, park outside the gate as you approach from Villafranca and walk through this different world. There are all the wonderful accoutrements of an unspoiled medieval village –crowned and cobbled narrow streets, romantic-looking porched entrances, mysterious wall niches, and suspicious cats. Along the entry street, a large piazza opens with the village church on one side- a low old church - and opposite, a stone ramp leads up to a gateway. Beyond that gateway is the Piazza di Sopra, also known as Piazza Immacolata, which was the original fort with four defensive towers. Directly across the piazza from the entrance gateway is Alla Piazza di Sopra, tucked into a corner.
|The menu varies by season and availability of ingredients.|
On a recent rainy Sunday, three of us stopped in for lunch, and we really wished we had bigger appetites. The food was fabulous. The menu was presented verbally, and after serious bargaining between ourselves, we ordered. Shortly after we ordered, we were served a pleasant and complimentary starter. A decorative presentation of a circle of fried Parmigiano, a little wedge of honey croissant, and a dollop of absolutely fresh ricotta.
|Our antipasti, photographed some bites late.|
|Main dining room, Alla Piazza di Sopra.|
|Typical ending at Alla Piazza di Sopra.|
|Piazza Immacolata, Filetto di Villafranca in Lunigiana.|
The cost for two large antipasti, three primo piatti, coperti, water, and house wine was 54 Euro. We felt it was an appropriate price for the quality, service and pleasant ambience.
Alla Piazza di Sopra
Piazza Immacolata, 11 Filetto di Villafranca MS 0187-493796 or 349-8783364 cell
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: Alla Piazza di Sopra
Open every day for lunch and dinner (as of May, 2012).
From Aulla head up the valley on SS 62, or from Pontremoli head down the valley on SS62 toward Villafranca. Turn east (away from the Magra river) from the SS 62 at a marked turn in Villafranca toward Filetto. Just 1 km ahead you'll see the narrow gateway to Filetto with its Do Not Enter signs.
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