Antica Trattoria Della Pesa feels like it’s in an old house as the rooms ramble through it, each decorated with memorabilia and wine bottles. We went because I had to try their ‘fried risotto”. It is a fairly large menu with lots of classic options. We started with pasta and porcini mushrooms which was buttery and finished with a light sprinkling of parmesan. It was simple yet elegant and delicious. The pasta was very thin and had a tendency to get clumpy but it was too good to care.
The risotto al salto is like the scrapings from the bottom of the pan. It is made from yesterday’s risotto smoothed into a frying pan and fried in butter turned and fried in more butter. It is transferred from plate to plate before it’s served to try and cut down on the grease and the effect is sensational. I couldn’t decide if I liked the really crispy edge of the soft chewy center better. It’s an amazing dish and a little different, but this is the place to get it.
For one main dish we had the veal cutlet Milanese which was huge and crisp but not dry. It didn’t have the taste of being fried in butter but it was nice.
The other main was a veal with porcini mushrooms and smooth mashed potatoes. The veal was incredibly tender and tasty and accented with thinly sliced mushrooms. It was all covered with a savory gravy. It was a lick the plate clean kind of dish.
We ordered a side of steamed vegetables which were carrots, zucchinis, and spinach. They were nicely steamed but a tad dull. However when adorned with a bit of the olive oil brought to the table they became quite nice. We simply didn’t have room for dessert.