Last night we had dinner at Ernesto, a place I had found written up in the Rough guide and it was also recommended by the people at the hotel. The meal was leisurely and, as usual, we ordered too much. I started with a fantastic salad with fresh baby arugala, apples, pecorino and pomegranate seeds. Ken had a farro soup which was so hearty it filled him up immediately. We shared the local pasta “chitara” with wild boar sauce. I had a simple chicken with red peppers and Ken had a very rich dish of small chunks of lamb, artichokes and saffron sauce. The whole meal was very satisfying but really, only the salad thrilled me.
This morning we went on a bit of an urban hike to the Fontan delle 99 spouts. Up and down and around town we walked and walked. Finally we came to it:
We made it back to the area near our hotel and sat in a lovely little piazza for a while. At least we finally got a good workout!
For lunch we had our first porchetta pannini. And they were top notch. This stand
actually had a wood burning oven in the back. We were lucky to get the last of the porchetta at around 1:30.
Domani we leave for Ascoli Piceno.


Another day in L’Aquila — 5 Comments

  1. Jan, this sounds like a foodie extravaganza. I’m drooling just reading about it. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  2. Too full for gelato?, jeez that meal sounds wonderful, or meals, forgot about the truck.
    Best wishes . . .

  3. I’m also drooling — and that fountain is fantastic, are there really 99 heads spouting water? Very cool!

  4. Sounds like a great start Jan and a lot of wonderful food! I am especially drooling over the wood fired porchetta.
    Can’t wait to hear more about AP and your lodgings there-one of my next destinations with Jim in Italy I hope.