Thursday, 15 July 2010

Restaurant at the Hotel Incudine, Zonza

Today I had to pop over to Porto Vecchio to visit the Apartment Memona, so as the temperatures were edging ever nearer to the 40’s, I decided to head through the mountains which I hoped might be a bit cooler than via the main coastal road.

After a quick stop at the source just outside Zonza, we’d timed it just right to arrive in the village in time for lunch – result! We often eat at the Auberge du Sanglier when we stop here, but today we fancied a change so as we spotted Gerard as we passed in front of the Hotel Incudine, we decided to stop and eat at the hotel.

What a delicious treat! I can honestly say that it was the best meal we’ve had at a restaurant in a very long time. We started with the Terrine de Veau which was amazingly meaty and came with salad and a scrummy pepper and tomato chutney style topping. Next I’d chosen the Sanglier (wild boar) with olives and polenta. The meat was perfectly cooked and the flavours made my mouth water before I’d even tried a bite. We couldn’t leave without checking that the desserts were up to scratch, so I chose a homemade lemon cake with tangy lemon sorbet. Absolutely perfect.

A couple of coffees, and we were on our way again. We stopped briefly at the Lac de l’Ospedale which is a huge man-made dam, and then a little detour past the restaurant Le Refuge to the hamlet of Cartalavonu. There are some beautiful authentic houses up here with sunbleached shutters and oodles of character

It was while photographing this tiny abode that the owner wandered over and asked if we wanted to look inside. What an experience! It was almost like stepping into a time warp and as the nice lady offered us water and told us that she’d grown up here, and we were amazed to find that they’d been six people in this small one bedroomed shack.

It was the first time that I have ever been invited in off the street like that, and we were so grateful to have been taken on a tour of her past. Something I shall treasure forever.

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