Fall Flavors – Pappardelle

November 17, 2014 / Food & Wine
Palombara Sabina, Lazio

No autumn is complete without at least one trip to the countryside north of Rome to catch some fresh air, go for a walk, and take in the local flavors. And no dish represents the flavors of the Sabine Hills better than Pappardelle al Cinghiale. Best eaten on one of those blistering cold Tramontana days, a northern wind that clears away all the clouds and gives a special quality to the light, these wide fresh egg noodles (Pappardelle) with wild boar (cinghiale) sauce are simply divine.


Of course, while you’re at any of the local restaurants, you might as well try the other offerings as well… out of fairness of course. Clockwise from the top are local sausages, sautéed wild mushrooms, and sautéed local mixed greens.


This particular restaurant was a bit fancier… it had cloth tablecloths, a little sprinkle of shaved carrot around the sausages, and it was expensive by Sabine Hill standards, about 30 euro per head with wine. If you are willing to forgo the carrot sprinkles and aren’t turned off by paper settings you can dine just as well for under 20 euro per person. (The art and science of trattoria – local restaurant – selection will be covered in a future note, we promise!)



by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

4 Responses to “Fall Flavors – Pappardelle”

  1. Oh my goodness GB – your post has me pricing tickets for a flight this very minute!

    Reminds me of a similar trattoria within the famed Foresta del Cansiglio north of Venezio. Everything on the menu comes from outside the kitchen door and nearby forest, making the drive up through the clouded, winding heights worth every nervous kilometer.

    Part of the forest’s inhabited history (posted inside the trattoria, with records dating back to 1281) includes in excess of one million beech trees being logged to make more of the foundations for the already-fabled city in the lagoon.

    Such history; such food!

  2. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    great note…what is the name of the trattoria? I will go…until then I will wait for your promise thank you chef G.

  3. It’s just dinner time here – my steamed veggies don’t begin to evoke the mouth watering aromas that these photos do! Grazie…I think!? LOL


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