The Floating Piers: buon appetito!

The reality after crossing The Floating Piers: you’re hot, thirsty, and utterly exhausted from the sweltering conditions – what’s next? There was no shortage of places to grab a sandwich and a cold drink, but what we had in mind was someplace away from the crowds and worthy of commemorating our anniversary and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s monumental land, or rather lake, art. I did my homework ahead of time and instinctively knew that the Menu del Territorio (35€/pp, cover, water, coffee incl.) at Dispensa Pani e Vini was going to make us ooh and aah over each course. Imagine our delight when presented with this beauty.

Da Sulzano a Montisola

Sulzano a Montisola – trout tartare in a pool of goat milk yogurt, garnished with smoked trout roe, olive oil from Montisola, sardine crumble and a wafer-thin strip (corn?) that represents the piers. Brilliantly put together and I want to recreate this at home.

Risotto al pomodoro giallo del Vesuvio

Risotto al pomo d’oro – yellow tomatoes from Vesuvio in a creamy risotto, topped with dollops of luscious burrata “innards”, crunchy bits of olives, and marjoram. Beautiful combination of color, flavor, and texture.

Manzo all'olio tradizionale

Manzo all’olio – in english, beef in oil doesn’t sound all that appetizing but it is thee best new thing I learned about traditional Brescian cuisine (the first being bagòss). This was melt-in-your-mouth soft that my knife literally fell right through it.

Tiramisù al caffè di Haiti Komet

Tiramisù – as ubiquitous as it is, I found it cute that you could literally “pick up” your cup to bring a spoonful of tiramisù to your mouth.

Melon soup with mozzarella mousse

Melon soup with mozzarella mousse – I’m going backwards with this but I can’t leave out the complimentary amuse-bouche at the start of the meal. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with fruit/cheese pairings no matter what form they’re presented in, and the sweet element of the melon was complemented with salty bits of crispy pancetta.

Dispensa Pani e Vini
Via Principe Umberto, 23
Torbiato, Adro BS

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9 thoughts on “The Floating Piers: buon appetito!

  1. polentaebaccala

    Great food of my home! 🙂
    Manzo all’olio is definitely great! And that risotto is a good tip for me, since I came back right now from Naples area, where I bought also a big jar of yellow tomatoes from Vesuvio 🙂 I’ll maybe try something like that! Thanks 🙂

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I look forward to what you create with those tomatoes. I’ve found datterini gialli (preserved in jars) at Esselunga, but the taste is not quite the same as Vesuvio’s.

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  2. Lisa

    The food looks so amazing! My dream is to travel to Italy sometime! One of my favorite countries even though I have never been there! Hugz Lisa and Bear

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  3. Nonna T

    Beautiful presentation of the trout tartare and smoked trout roe dish. How was the saltiness factor with the combination of the sardines and roe?

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    1. Rowena Post author

      The biggest doubt I had was with the raw fish and yogurt, but the whole thing was surprisingly balanced on all notes. The sardine crumble (dessicated and finely grounded) reminded me of bottarga.

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  4. cyranny

    Although I eat like a bird, your presentations of gastronomic experiences will eventually drive me to buy a plane ticket to Italy!! Ok, it might just be an excuse to travel again, but you do make all those dishes look absolutely delicious!! 🙂

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I am guilty of raving about a lot of good meals, but this one….it was different than the usual family-style eatery. It actually has 3 dining areas/options: wine bar, osteria (casual), restaurant (fancier) – something for all tastes!

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