19 January 2017

C'era una volta: special grill in Trieste

Since the 1980s it’s the place to go if you love good meat

It’s been a while since I treated myself to a nice meat dinner, so I decided to go to C’era un volta, (Once upon a time) a famous restaurant in Trieste in the neighbourhood of Giarizzole, which the Tugliach family successfully runs since 1988.

C’era una volta is where I always used to go for family dinners in the 1980s and I have to say that their cooking was never a disappointment, and I’m always happy to go back there to taste their food.

Since 2012 it has been Matteo Tugliach - class of 1985 - to run the family activity. He’s passionate about great cuisine and has been continuing his family’s hard work.

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It’s one of the few restaurants in Trieste that offers grilled meat; here they have incredible T-bone Chianina stake, selected filled or beef tagliata with a nice glass of red wine.

In a cosy environment, simple but typical, where wooden ceiling beams and a nice Karst brick stone wall warm up the atmosphere; an accurate table setting and fancy table cloth where all the lovely dishes I’m going to order will be placed.

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And here are the first dishes!

I’m already in love with the rustic starter from Tuscuny: finocchiona (a salami variety), lard, pecorino cheese with a spicy pepper chutney served on small bruschetta.

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Next is a selection of Pata Negra: ham, chorizo, pork loin and the best quality pate.

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And finally, a lovely fillet and rump steak tartare, beaten with a knife (2 or 3 times until it’s finely chopped).

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After all these great starters, I’m ready for a nice plate of gnocchi with artichoke cream, speck and truffle

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But what I was really waiting for was the 1,3 Kg Fiorentina Steak: a pleasure for my taste buds!

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I also tried an excellent fillet with cheese fondue and truffle.

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And even the chips that were served with the meat were excellent: fresh and incredibly crunchy.

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And to end the evening a lovely dessert.

I tried a millefoglie with mascarpone cream and fruits of the forest sauce and a chocolate brownie with vanilla cream and cocoa powder.

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Full and satisfied, I warmed up from the cold weather thats wrapping my city in these days, with rich dishes from C’era un volta, that was completely booked, regardless the bad weather; thank you Matteo for finding a little spot form me, I’ll definitely be coming back soon…

Ph. Andrea Zangrando

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