The house specialties are not to be missed, they include dishes such as: tortelli with ricotta, burrata and Parmesan cheese. Pumpkin tortelli, reinforced by blowfly fruit, with crushed almond, a bitter counterpoint of a sweet over savory cuisine. The saffron risotto with fried artichokes has many ingredients: delicacy, purity, fragrance, simplicity ...it is impeccable. The eel demands several tries: crispy fried with lemon zest has much charm even when displaying gelatinous fat, sauteed (alla griglia) with radicchietto, or flavored with orange carpione.
In the historic centre of Mantua, a stone's throw from both the Piazza Broletto and the Piazza delle Erbe, almost hidden in one of the quaint alleyways of the old town, you'll find this ancient tavern. We found it when we were looking to take a break from our exploration of the city at lunchtime, and we were happy to see that the tables inside were occupied by families and old people - to me, a sign of good food (my grandmother knows about eating well!). The style inside is reminiscent of the 50's and 60's, very warm, welcoming and cozy. The menu is typical of Mantua, with appetisers of homemade sausages, salami and risotto. They're excellent, and the desserts are very generous. Excellent value for money, too: three courses for two people along with coffee, water and a bottle of wine for about 50 euros. Recommended!