A Simply Tuscan Dinner on Sat 21 Sep 2013
I remember fondly a trip to Italy a few years ago - it was about a week in Tuscany, mooching around Florence, Sienna, vineyards, country restaurants and other places. We even managed to get to peer over the unnerving edge of the Leaning Tower of Pisa where Galileo dropped those balls. He discovered that it made no difference if you are fat or thin if you fall from high enough - you will still end up dead as gravity applied equally to all sizes of mass.
One thing I also remember is the good food there - who can ever forget their first ever Bistecca Alla Fiorentina? One just orders a "Fiorentina" and hope that a large rib of beef with chips arrives rather than a woman from Florence.
Anyway, I digress - for this month, we will be dining at a homely inexpensive family-run Tuscan restaurant, La Mia Toscana in Mecklenburgische Str. 85. It would seem the summer is ending - and Tuscan food always reminds me of summer so let's hold on to a bit of summer for this month's dinner. In case you want to check them out, their website is on http://lamia-toscana.de/
The date is the evening of Sat, 21 September 2013 so please do join us for a simple, hearty Italian dinner before we start on our autumn menus. La Mia Toscana is not at all expensive, the menu looks convivial and it would be great if we have a larger group this time. So do note the date down in your diary and send Sylvia an email now - and whatever you do, please get in touch with her before Wed 18 Sep when the bookings close.
See you all soon!
Chris (on behalf of Sylvia)
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How it went on the night...
This hidden, reclusive Tuscan trattoria is really very charming and appealing. We were made to feel very welcome on arrival, and as it was truffle season, most of us elected to have the truffle noodles. This dish was prepared in front of us in a pretty spectacular fashion and what is even better is that the noodles tasted simply wonderful. The secret may be the type of schnapps they were using for the noodles. The desserts were mouth-wateringly good as well. As we were so well-behaved, the restaurant kindly rewarded us with complimentary schnapps and coffee which really made our evening even more pleasant. I am sure that everybody who attended the dinner were simply delighted to have discovered this wonderful Tuscan gem in the middle of Wilmersdorf.