Posts Tagged ‘basil’

Although Trattoria Ferrari has been around forever in Pavia, just opposite Santa Maria di Betlemme in Borgo Ticino, because it is the ‘other’ side of the river  to the town we’d never really considered it.

Its interiors a typical high-end trattoria style with relics from country life such as the odd rusty yoke and copper dishes decorating each room. We actually sat under the stuffed head of a wild boar which was, I suppose, better than sitting right in front of it for the whole meal.

If you are a fetishist of this sort of ambience then you’ll love it, personally I’m not a big fan as it reminds me of old ladies’ houses and rising damp. However each area has its traditions and this is a typical trattoria interior if that is what you are looking for.

(Pic from website)

The menu is very long, traditional and delicious although they have a tendency to favour colourful pasta (black ravioli, purple gnocchi).

Menu: http://www.anticatrattoriaferrari.it/template.php?pag=35525

I can vouch for the prawn ravioli served with basil and ‘pachino’ baby tomato. They are blackened with ‘nero di seppia’ and absolutely mouth-watering.

Below is one of these large ravioli split in half to show  you its creamy interior. Forgive the photo quality but they really deserved more than just a mention!

After this Mr Towers and I shared a plate of frogs’ legs. These are served fried with lemon here in Pavia and are a bit like eating chips. Although it was nice to have this typically ‘pavese’ dish after at least 5 years since I last tasted it, I rather regretted eating a fried dish just before pudding.

Fortunately the Baci di Dama I chose were individually wrapped in aluminium so I was able to take some home for breakfast the next day.

The baci di dama, a round nutty biscuit with a layer of hazelnut cream in the middle were just as they should be: moist and nutty and clearly freshly made.

Atmosphere: Oldy-worldy

Food: Couldn’t find fault with it if I wanted to

Price: Dinner for two with wine c.a.60 EUR

Would we go back? Slightly put off by the interior (not my style) but drawn by the tantalising menu so yes


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On the banks of the Donau Kanal is a strange boat like form that houses a delicious organic restaurant and cafe called Motto am Fluss.

Now, we don’t tend to return to the same place twice when on holiday to ge get the max experience out of a place but this little gem really deserved it.

So on day one we delighted our taste-buds with salmon on a bed of bok choi, lightly seasoned with fish sauce and a hearty but delicately flavoured roast beef sandwich.

it’s here we tasted the delicious pink basil lemonade and a would also recommend that you take a peek at their cocktail list as they have some delicious combinations such as the Elderberry and basil Caipiroska and apricot Caipirinha-yum!

Only draw back- no English menu so sharpen your Deutsch before visiting!


Motto Am Fluss

Atmosphere: Lovely, ideal al fresco dining

Food: Organic and healthy but seriously yummy!

Would we go back? Absolutely!

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Back from Vienna and connected enough to blog at last.

Mr Towers and I had decided to take it easy this time as our style of tourism tends to be exhausting but sadly we are incapable of following our own dicatatum.

One of the highlights of a few days spent in a tropically hot Vienna was the lovely Basil Pink Lemonade which isn’t just great cos it’s pink and refreshing but because it has basil in it.

As Italians you would expect the Towers to be familiar with good old basil and unable to serve our favourite tomato pasta without it as a topping- quite wrong.

We barely ever use the thing although the few plants we’ve had were defoliated through eating very quickly.

Anyway my point is that this lemonade is absolutely delightful and refreshing because of the basil which gives it an extra aromatic zing.

Will be making this in months to come – yum!

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