What do you think of Laghi?
I just had dinner at Laghi tonight. I have mixed feelings about it and want to compare notes with others who have eaten there. The prices were quite reasonable (home-made pastas around mid-teens) and the service was very hospital.
The ribolita I had was rather plain. It was brothy when I was expecting the thick and almost porridge-like consistency that I remembered from a few meals in Tuscany - I missed the fragrance of the bread/flour-thickened versions and was disappointed here.
I really liked the home made spaghetti with venison and chantarelles - the rich soft texture of the pasta defintely stood out. The venison was rather gamy and while I loved every bit of it, I think it might be overwhelming for some.
Dessert was good but not out of this world. Hazelnut ice crem (deliciously thick and dense with a subtle hazelnut flavor) with a nutella-like topping (like the thick pasty version of nutella, not the more liquid spread) and lots of chocolate sauce.
Since the soup was mildly disappointing and the pasta was excellent, I feel ambivalent about the place. Would love to hear what others think about it.
I've always enjoyed my meals there. Sometimes the main courses weren't quite up to snuff (sometimes they were great), however, the pasta/gnocchi dishes I've had there have always been wonderful.
My only comment about the soup is that the chef is from Emilia-Romagna, not Tuscany. I don't know for sure, but maybe ribolita differs in style between the 2 regions.