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 I arrived by train from Pistoia in to Ferrara to meet up with my friends who were waiting at the station.

After checking in to my hotel we ventured in to the city centre to have our celebratory “lovely to see you again” Prosecco.

From there we explored the city, The City of Bikes, what a gorgeous city.

It was getting late so we spent the last part of the day in the magnificent Duomo.

After the Duomo, rather than return to the hotel, we stayed in Il Centro and decided to have an early dinner.

Some restaurants were open, for others it was too early.  We stopped to speak with one of the waiters outside an open restaurant and decided to have our dinner there.

La Brindisi – restaurant and wine bar which is adjacent to the Duomo.

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This was a super choice. We walked in, without knowing La Brindisi history.  After being seated and chatting with the staff we learned that we were in the oldest restaurant in the world.

This is not a fine dining experience however the food is honest, simple and good.

Our waiter recommended different red and white wines which we could taste, glass by glass. They were all good.

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While you wait for your food to be served enjoy looking around the small room: you will find out how old this place is (apparently it dates back to 1400) and you will have a chance to appreciate all the ancient bottles on display.  Do not miss watching the chef while he is cooking –  a priceless treat in today’s hasty lifestyle. The menu is not very wide, but this is to be considered a good point: the chef can cook those dishes perfectly and with extreme care and passion.

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We all chose the local specialty dish of Cappellacci di Zucca which is a ravioli type pasta filled with Pumpkin. I had mine with the sage and butter sauce and my friends had it with the Ragu sauce. It was excellent.

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We left La Brindisi feeling very pleased with ourselves. We were delighted to find such an interesting restaurant and to enjoy a really nice meal.

If you are in Ferrara for a few days, take the time to visit this historic eatery. its fun to eat in a place that’s been around for centuries trying to imagine all its incarnations.

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