Ada e Augusto
There are times when dinner is an occasion in itself that’s worth travelling for, setting aside an entire evening for, and savouring every moment and mouthful of. A dinner at Ada e Augusto is such an occasion.
Found south of Milan, the Ada e Augusto restaurant is set amongst lush agricultural fields in the historic surrounds of the Cascina Guzzafame, a working farm that partly dates back to the 18th century. The Monti family, responsible for farming this area for the past 40 years, has turned Cascina Guzzafame into a must-visit destination for anyone who appreciates seasonal, local products and great food. And Ada e Augusto, while worth visiting on its own, is just one of the many attractions here; there’s a farm shop, cheese factory, children’s play area, and even yoga courses. Cascina Guzzafame also has another dining spot on site, the Country Restaurant Guzzafame, which serves regional specialities when it’s open for lunch.
Ada e Augusto, on the other hand, serves dinner a few nights a week. Most of the ingredients used in creating the contemporary menus here are sourced from the family farm, including honey from the bees, milk and meat, eggs and cheese. You name it, the Monti family have probably (and lovingly) grown, tended or harvested it. It’s a true example of farm-to-table if ever we’ve heard of one. And Chef Iwai Takeshi lets those ingredients sing in his two tasting menus. One night there could be radicchio risotto, the next a rich ossobuco. Diners could tuck into a Guzzafame cheese plate, or some tiramisu, and enjoy it with a full-bodied wine. But whatever appears on the menu is sure to delight – just make sure you’ve made a reservation so you don’t make the trip without the assurance that you can try it.