It’s been raining on and off here in Lucca and the weather is a lot cooler than I had expected. While poking around my favorite leather shop I heard the proprietor recommending a restaurant to an Italian couple. It wasn’t even near his shop so I figured if he’s sending people there, it must be good. I had walked by Anna & Leo’s various times as it is next to the San Frediano church with it stunning mosaic facade. I knew that at some point during the week I would stop in for lunch.
The menu includes all the typical Lucchese dishes including tordelli al ragu-meat stuffed ravioli served with a meat sauce- which appears on just about every menu in town. There at the bottom of the page under the rest of the pasta dishes I saw garmugia-a hearty soup made with fresh spring vegetables. I am familiar with the dish as I made it a few years back. I have to say that my version was very close to what I was served here, but there’s something about eating this hearty bowl of soup on a cool spring day in Lucca that made all the difference.
Anna e Leo
Via San Frediano N° 16-18 Lucca