I had the pasta aglio olio e peperoncino, which was fantastic. Other dishes included the best gnocchi I've ever had and a nice fish soup/stew. The restaurant was one of Paolo's recommendations and it was just around the corner from our B&B. We were a bit surprised at the 2 euro cover charge per head but it turns out that this is standard across restaurants - it can make a cheap meal very expensive but for a moderately priced meal this built-in tip works out to be about right.
Another one of Paolo's recommendations. We came here twice and both meals were excellent. This time around I had the baccalau (salted cod) and polenta cooked in the traditional style. The second time I had a delicious artichoke ravioli.
The final late lunch meal was enjoyed at Caffe Falconi. Finally, some good bread was served in the bread basket along with olive oil and vinegar for drizzling.
- A special mention goes to Sandrella: Cucina Indiana, a somewhat dodgy looking Indian take-out and kebab joint that was our saviour when we went out looking for a place to eat only to found that Bergamo pretty much shuts down on Monday evenings. We had three keema, mutter rolls that had been fried in a polenta type flour, a serving of paneer palak, a bowl of daal, a roti, two naans, drinks, and my sister and mother also had gulab jamun for desert (which was too sweet). It all came to less than 15 euros and is quite possibly the best indian take out food I have ever eaten.
- Elsewhere on the food front, I saw two shops that comprised of nothing more than rooms filled with several vending machines that spat out hot food. In Italy of all places!
- The biggest lesson I learned from eating in Italy is that you only need a few simple, good quality ingredients to make a great tasting dish. My fish and polenta, spaghetti and ravioli were exceeding simple main courses and they were superb. As someone who pretends to cook by throwing every spice in sight on my creations, it is a lesson that less can be more.