Ever been to south of Switzerland? Ticino region?
The grotto , a new dining experience for me , this can be found with the help of my friends Ako and Stephano , both from the region , a grotto is simple dining , very casual attire , no fancy table set up , and often open air with a drinking menu as long as the food menu !
Wine is served in traditional cups , the menu choice? Hmm go for what the chef is cooking , BBQ baby back ribs !! Don't look for anything more fancy ! Just hit the ribs and eat eat and eat more .. It keeps on coming !! Wash it down with wine if the chef has left a bit for the guest , as the chef of our grotto was a thirsty boy !!
This grotto is south of Bellinzona and I must say the home made ice cream was yummy , I guess the macchiato coffee and local grappa made sure the evening was a great success ! Eating out with friends in a new dining environment was great fun !! The Grotto , don't forget that name if you are passing by the Ticino region .
By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com