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Fun guy in Frosinone

Posted in Frosinone, Italy, Lazio with tags , on January 24, 2015 by gannet39

There’s very little I can tell you about Frosinone because I was only there a very short time and worked pretty much constantly.

Most of my colleagues seem to think there isn’t that much to see or do except one who says there are a couple of restaurants up the hill in the old town that are worth visiting. The problem is you have to be prepared to hoof it back because taxi drivers generally don’t work in the evenings.

Other colleagues who have had a day off here have recommended a visit to the nearby fortified town of Ferentino.

039On the plus side, the restaurant of the comfortable Hotel Astor  where I stayed is excellent and very popular. I ate here twice and everything was great. I particularly remember the mixed seafood plate on the first night (A).

047And the next night, after some prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella (B+), the Risotto con Funghi Porcini e Tartufo was also memorable (A).

057Especially with the bottle of ‘Le Note de Figaro’2012 by Cantina Paniccia, made of 100% Cesanese del Piglio grapes from the local Lazio IGP,  a new but enjoyable experience (B+).

058And finally a strong finish with a shot of oak barrel-aged grappa ‘Candolini’ Riserva (B+).

I love Antonino the old white-haired waiter here. He’s absolutely hilarious and puts on a clown routine for his customers by intentionally forgetting things, pretending to get in a tizzy and generally being very daft! But he’s really not, he’s just a very nice, funny guy who likes his customers to enjoy themselves.

062Although he didn’t serve me I also remember the other waiter Angelo (another character) because when introducing him Tonino said ‘non un Angelo, è il diavolo!’

If you’re female, watch out for the hotel owner who’s a bit of a Lothario. He’ll join you for dinner and be stroking your hair in no time given half a chance! I think the leopard skin print on the dining room chairs is an indication of where he’s coming from. It’s all very Quagmiresque.

There’s an Ethiopian restaurant called Divino Amore near the station (3  Via Sacra Famiglia, on the corner with Via Minzoni) should you fancy a change. I’m not a big fan of this particular cuisine but it could be an option if you’re arriving late as the hotel is a taxi ride away. I had a bottle of wine, a flatbread with a meat sauce and a dessert for €29.

Please let me know in the comments section below if you have anything to recommend for my next visit 🙂

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