Yesterday, we had lunch at one of our favourite places, the Ristorante Val San Liberale.
Situated in the Comune of Paderno del Grappa in the province of Treviso, Val San Liberale is reached by turning off the road from Pederobba to Bassano at Fietta then following the Lastego valley as it gently rises to six hundred metres.
The food at Val San Liberale is simple but delicious and we always get the warmest of welcomes from the owners, Mariangela and Giampietro. I’ve been visiting this osteria since I was a teenager – when the road up was a rough track, the facilities basic, but the food always fantastic. Nowadays, after extensive renovations, the restaurant is well-furbished yet hasn’t lost any of its charm.
The menu offers enough choice for most tastes and is reasonably priced.
We usually have the antipasto of sliced prosciuto crudo with sott’aceti
followed by the mixed grill, freshly prepared by Giampietro, with peas from Borso and zucchini.
Ristorante Val San Liberale specialises in snails with polenta cooked in various ways, but we chose the toasted polenta without the lumache.
After lunch we went for a short walk, taking pictures of Monte Grappa which towers over the valley at 1,775 metres. We keep promising ourselves that one day, when we’re fit enough, we’ll attempt the walk up to the top.
Driving home we stopped to take a photo of the view of the distant colli asolani and the back of our place, which is in the centre of the middle range of hills.