October 26, 2008

Night and day in Asolo

Filed under: food,travel — origamifreak @ 6:17 pm
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Last night I wandered around town and eventually had dinner at a nice bistro up a small street from the Piazza. It looked like it was run by a mom and her grown-up son and daughter.

They specialized in fish, there. I started with a prosecco-like wine from France that came with a small taste (I can’t remember what it was – sorry!) For food first I had herb ravioli with scallops and I think mussels, followed with a lovely fillet of John Dory over zucchini and carrots, with crispy shredded potatoes on the side. With that I drank a merlot/cab from nearby Valdobbiadene. I’m not much of a red wine fan, but I liked it. For dessert I chose the sampler plate which had 5 small ramekins, each a different shape, containing: creme brulee, flourless chocolate cake with a bittersweet sauce on top, a marscapone custard with blueberries, a custard with currant sauce, and a trifle with chocolate sauce. They were all nice, but I confess an intemperate fondness for creme brulee, so I’m afraid it won.

This morning after breakfast I went to see if the museum and information center were open, but they weren’t (I didn’t realize until I reached Venice that the time had changed). They were setting up a farmer’s market in the piazza for a festival celebrating local agriculture.

Next I went up the street to the bookstore and got some cookbooks of local cusine, a guidebook and some maps for when I come back with my siblings (my sisters have said they want to go). I went the long way back to the hotel.

At the top of Mt Ricco (the hill my hotel is on) is the Rocca, which was settled in the 10th century, with a 13th century fortification on it. My hotel backed right onto the path leading up there so I went.

…and up…

…past olive orchards…

…and up some more…

…to the top where everyone sits on the wall to rest and enjoy the view.

Next I paid my 1.5 euros and went inside.

More later. I’m tired and each photo takes about 15 minutes to upload.


OK, here’s the rest.

There were nice views of the town below:

Toward Monte Tomba:

The surrounding hills:


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