Unlike many other restaurants along the Serchio valley that offer the €10.00 'menu di lavoro' at lunch-time (not Sunday), Riccardos generally has few workmen taking up the offer. In any event the set lunch is exceptional value for money and well worth a visit. Two courses, a carafe of house wine, water, coffee, IVA all included. On the days that they serve it, Zuppa di farro is a firm favourite of mine.
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In the summer, eating out on the balcony is very pleasant. Hardly a view, but in the open. But that was then; and now it is Autumn. Inside the atmosphere is a bit dreary somehow. I cannot quite put my finger on it. But cloth napkins was a plus, something I appreciate. The fritto misto was lovely, as were the tortelli with ragu. House wine (bianco firmo) is very nice (€4 a half litre). But three dishes between two, plus wine, water and coffee was €33, which felt a bit steep.
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On the Fosso just outside the mediaeval gates of Barga da Riccardo's is insignificant from the outside but for food it is unmissable. Riccardo is the master of the wood oven Try a warm seafood salad to start, then his mixed roast meats: rabbit, pork rib, chicken.
Fantastic west facing terrace with spectacular view to the mountains. Great value at €10 lunch with wine.
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