Well, I have to admit.. I need a break from cooking, so while running errands today, we decided to treat ourselves to a lovely lunch out at our favorite truckstop.
Everyone knows you eat well where there are trucks parked outside, but in Italy it takes on new meaning!
La Zambra, located on the road from Certaldo to Poggibonsi, is on the left. Usually one passes by before realizing it. DO NOT PASS BY!
Only open from breakfast through lunch, La Zambra is worth the stop anytime of the day.
Breakfast can be homemade crostata's, Italy's jam pie, or pastries. Walk around to the savory side for some incredible panini with their creative homemade breads. I like the pumpkin seed bread. The choice is amazing.
At lunch you can order from the blackboard and sit at one of the small tables or walk over to the left and enter the huge dining room.
They have three menu's:
A simple prezzo fisso menu, sort of a working mans lunch at 15 Euro, wine not included. Pasta, meat and a vegetable.
A large daily specials menu, piatti del giorno
which changes daily, we ordered from this.
And a traditional menu, with a large selection of cooked vegetables and salads too.
Today I had an antipasto of thin fried polenta strips with Pancetta
and then Maialino, suckling pig with roasted potatoes, they used an interesting spice mixture with the pig, a wonderful anice flavor. There is a traditional spice for pork, called Droghe Toscane
Got to keep documenting pork!
My husband had large pumpkin gnocchi, zucca gialla with a gorgonzola sauce, that melted in his mouth. Never got to mine! Followed by a chicken stew with cardoons. ( It was a capon, which is much fuller flavor than chicken, enhanced by the slow stewing)
So when we came home, I was craving some fresh fruit.
Winter for me is the best, I adore pears, apples and oranges, liquid sunshine, and the blood oranges have just come into season. Today I made a simple macedonia, fruit salad of pears and kiwi.
A light sprinkling of sugar brings out the juices of the fruit and cuts some of the acidity of the kiwi. Perfect winter symphony of flavors!
Via pisana, 130
Closed Sunday and Dinner.