Restaurant: Osteria da Camillo
Location: Poggibonsi, Italy
Date: June 18, 2011
Rating: Very mediocre
We were in Poggibonsi to drop my brother off at the bus/train station and we spent a few minutes wandering around and then picked a likely random lunch restaurant. This turned out to be our worst pick of the trip compared to expectations. It looked like all the other likely places — and it was even very touristy — but the food just wasn’t very good.
This inexpensive Chianti Classico (probably 10-15 euros) was perfectly nice though.
Classic bruschetta with liver. These weren’t bad, one of the places better items. They weren’t however even close to the best bruschetta we’ve seen.
Mixed bruchetta, also fine. Starting from upper left and going clockwise. Fava beans, lard, mushrooms, and tomato.
Spicy pici with walnuts. This pasta tasted like glue. Paste. It was pretty gross. I think they added flour to the sauce, making it like elmers.
Tagliatelle al pesto. Edible, but very mediocre pesto.
Green tortelli with fossa cheese and yellow pumpkin cream. I didn’t try these.
Linguine with cheese and pepper. This was really bad too. Not even close to the amazing pepper and cheese pasta at Trattoria Pepei. I could barely eat a few bites. The pasta was pasty. Those thin slices of pecorino has an unpleasant melted cheese taste, and the sauce — there barely was one — tasted of paste.
Tagliatelle with tomatoes, olives, capers and hot peppers. Didn’t try this either.
Chicken, green beans, tomatoes, mushrooms. This was fine, not horrible. Not really a dish that does it for me though.
This place was completely unique for this trip in that it actually had bad dishes, several of them. That pretty much makes it the worst meal, even though it wasn’t horrible or anything. But it goes to show, eat out 50 times in Italy and you can find a dud!