It is the time of year for the Menu at Km Zero competition in the Parco Nazionale dell’ Apennine Tosco-Emiliano. This year, 23 restaurants in the Park are participating and five of those are from Lunigiana, one more from Lunigiana than last year. The competition runs from 22 November 2014 to 22 February 2015. The full details and menus for each restaurant can be found on the Parco Nazionale dell’ Apennine Tosco-Emiliano’s website.
The competition is sponsored by the National Park in collaboration with Coldiretti, the agricultural association, and ALMA, the International School of Italian cuisine based in Colorno, Parma. The aim is to showcase the local products of the region through innovative menus, as well as to promote the participating restaurants as ambassadors of the region. The winner is chosen partly through a public vote on the website and partly by ALMA.
The participating restaurants from Lunigiana are:
- Agriturismo Montagne Verdi in Apella. A competitor since the start of the competition seven years ago, it was the competition’s first winner in 2008, runner up in 2011, and last year it received a special mention for the best promotion of local food. As you would expect, Montagne Verdi’s menu is brimming over with its own produce, including chestnuts, porcini, honey, cheese and vegetables. Its main course is Cinte Senese pork cooked with local apples and honey. Their menu is available on Friday evenings, Saturday lunchtimes and Sunday evenings if booked in advance.
- Albergo Ristorante La Nuova Jera at Iera in the comune of Bagnone. It is the second time the restaurant has participated in the competition, and last year it came third. Here’s their menu, which includes Lunigiana favourites such as torta d’erbi, Treschietto onions, and local pork cooked with apples and chestnuts. The menu is available every day but must be booked in advance.
- Ristorante Famiglia Fiorini in Sassalbo is the new entry from Lunigiana this year. Their menu includes mushrooms, chestnuts and wild boar and is available on Saturdays and Sundays and must be booked in advance.
- Ristorante Marina e Paolo in Terrarossa. Also a competitor since the start of the competition in 2008, Ristorante Marina e Paolo is offering a menu that includes vegetable pies, bigliolo bean soup, wild boar and chestnut dessert. The menu is available on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sundays.
- Ristorante Miramonti in Comano. A regular competitor in the competition, Ristorante Miramonti is offering a menu that includes Treschietto onions and Bigliolo beans, chestnut gnocchi with local cheese and honey, with a main course of lamb. The menu is available every day but must be booked in advance.
Restaurants from Lunigiana compete in ‘Menu at Km Zero 2014’ appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 24 November 2014.