lunch on the road from Florence to Lake Como
I have a feeling we will be packing a picnic lunch but I thought I'd ask if anyone has any suggestions for an "easy" lunch stop on a SUNDAY somewhere between Florence and Lake Como. We don't want to go into any large cities or stray too far from the autostrada (looks like mostly A1 although A1 to A4 is an option on google directions).
My suggestion would be to buy a copy of the Osteria d'Italia guide from Slow Food. Each region chapter has a map, that shows where the restaurants are. It makes it very easy to plan out a quick stop (getting on and off the highway) at what are always good restaurants.
Italian country sunday lunch is a wonderful experience - and you will be travelling through areas with good restaurants -if Allende's suggestion does not fit your needs, map out your trip and highlight some good country restaurants - from Osteria Guide or Gambero Rosso - near your route - a reservation may be good idea depending on the place you choose.
Thank you all for your ideas. The sunday lunch does sound very appealing however we are now starting to discuss the possibility of leaving the car in Florence and taking a train to Varenna (it seems like parking there is a huge headache and we really don't need the car since we'll only be there three nights). If we do that then obviously we will not stop for lunch!
I think I am going to purchase the book anyway since will will be in Tuscany for close to a week. I was a little surprised to see that, although the translation is new, it hasn't been updated for at least five years. But I guess things don't change all that fast in Italy anyway!