Restaurant: Ristorante La Griglia
Location: San Gimignano, Italy
Date: June 16, 2011
Cuisine: Tuscan Tourist
We visited San Gimignano, as nearly all tourists in our part of Tuscany do.
This is an interesting town, fairly unique in that it is filled with medieval “skyscrapers” (watch towers) which seemed to have been some kind of antique masonry version of keeping up with the Joneses (or Jocominis in this case). Because of this unusual attraction the town is a bit over touristed, but it’s still worth visiting.
We chose a lunch place at random, which did in general work very well on this trip, but in this cast ended us up with the second worst genuine lunch of the month. I’ll exclude a couple of quickie stops at Panini places to grab a ham and cheese that are not worthy of the Eating Italy blog.
Here is a tuna salad, more or less a kind of Salade Niçoise. With anchovies too.
Pizza Margherita. Probably frozen, the crust tasted like cardboard.
Minestrone soup. Not even close to as good as the one at Trattoria Pepei or Pizzeria Il Rifugio (another random lunch pick).
Spaghetti pomodoro. Looks like what it is, mediocre.
Meat tortellini in ragu. This was tolerable, but fairly uninspired.
Pizza fungi (mushroom) with ham/prosciutto. Mediocre crust and ingredients.
Overall, this place was just mediocre. Not that it was even really that bad, but considering the sea of excellent meals over the month, and the fact that many random lunch picks were very enjoyable (like Lo Sfizio di Bianchi) it was just catering to tourists and weak.