The only Inn with a hole in the sock ... and that does not hide it!

An acoustic, no-frills, express, local product-based cuisine (with local producers)

A short story of the Mecenate

The Mecenate will turn 25 in 2021.

A quarter of a century like a quart of wine, an adventure that started in the countryside, in Gattaiola near Lucca, in October 1996 and landed in the city, in the so called Ditches area, in May 2012.

25 years of cooking and tasting, of ‘tordelli’(the local tortelli) and good wine, of uphill roads and downhill rolls, of love for the terroire and conviviality. A story made of people and souls, of poetry and songs, shepherds and market stalls, of friends who produce wine and farmers, of fishermen who cast their nets in a responsible way and then bring us their fish. A story we like to tell

The kitchen
and the Cook

Sole: “Call me cook…not chef  For 25 years she has been passionately directing the kitchen of the Mecenate, proposing an acoustic cuisine, made of natural and local sounds, simple, direct, a cuisine that makes hearts and palates vibrate. A cuisine where the many small producers of the area participate in creating the culinary experience, in a virtuous network of carefully selected and exellent food.

The dishes that come out of Sole’s kitchen are the perfect synthesis between her personality, the territory, the style and the story of Mecenate. A faithful transcription of the gastronomy of the territory, which does not however disregard the human factor, made of personal life, the experiences of a lifetime, the music listened to, friendship, the wines drunk and the unforgettable evenings passed at the Mecenate .

The dining-room
and the Innkeeper

Stefano, the Innkeeper. Like his grandfather Guido, who had a trattoria in Corso Garibaldi,  and who, as a regular clientele, had the “happy little women” of the brothels of the nearby Via della Dogana and their customers.

Like his father Pietrino, who for a while, as a young man, worked as a cook in the trattoria … but when his wife, Etta, discovered the story of the “happy little women” he then had to change and began to work as a biscuit salesman. Perhaps Stefano’s job as a “innkeeper” is in his blood, or in his DNA and for this reason, every day, he starts again with joy … to be an innkeeper!

Here it is our Menu, made up of traditional and local dishes, our breads and our pasta, to be enjoyed at the tables inside and in the summer outside on the splendid Piazza San Francesco. A menu that varies with the seasons. What never changes is our passion and style of acoustic cooking.

Neccettino di farina di castagne con pecorino di castelvecchio di compito (vegetariano)

€ 10,00

Chestnut flour crepes with local ewe’s cheese   (Vegetarian)

Baccalà mantecato su crostone di polenta di formentone ottofile

€ 10,00

Polenta canape with brandade of salt cod

Salumi artigianali con il nostro pane alle olive

€ 10,00

Mixed local cured meats with special bread

Prosciutto di “Gino e Severino”
di Matraia
con crostini di fegatelli

€ 11,00

Local ham with chicken liver canapes

Focaccia calda e lardo

€ 9,00

Flat salt bread with lard

Tortino di carciofi (vegetariano)

€ 10,00

Artichokes pie (vegetarian)

Manzo marinato nel bigongio

€ 11,00

Marinated beef

Antipasto misto del Mecenate

€ 13,00

Mix of local cured meat, cheese, vegetable pie

Polpo alla ligure  (con le patate))

€ 14,00

Octopus with potatoes

Tordelli casalinghi lucchesi

€ 14,00

Homemade Tordelli

Tacconi al sugo di carciofi (vegetariano)

€ 14,00

Tacconi (home made pasta) with artichokes suoce (vegetarian)

La farinata lucchese (zuppa di fagiolo rosso di Lucca e cavolo nero) (vegetariano)

€ 14,00

Local cabbage and beans soup with cornmeal and new oil (veg)

Tordelli di patate del casentino al sugo di colombacci

€ 14,00

Home made potatoes ravioli with ringeltaube sauce

I veri Testaroli di Pontremoli pecorino stagionato ed olio nuovo (vegetariano)

€ 14,00


Testaroli (typical from Pontremoli) with  local pecorino cheese and new oil  (vegetarian)

Risotto al piccione

€ 14,00

Risotto with fall vegetables

Spaghetti alle cicale

€ 15,00

Spaghetti with local magnosa


Bistecca alla fiorentina dell’Azienda agricola Il Castello di Colle di Compito (per motivi di taglio minimo 500 gr)
€ 55,00 (al Kg)


Grilled Sirloin Steak

Carciofi ritti (ripieni di carne di manzo)

€ 16,00

Artichoke stuffed (with beef)

Coniglio nostrale arrosto dell’Azienda agricola Il Castello marinato alle erbe aromatiche, con il fagiolo rosso di Lucca

€ 16,00

Roast local rabbit with local beans

La trippa dell’osteria

€ 14,00

Tripe with tomato sauce

Stracotto di manzo al rosso delle colline lucchesi e purea

Braised beef in red wine and mashed potatoes

€ 16,00
Tagliata alle erbe aromatiche
(per due persone)
€ 32,00
Grilled beef steak with aromatics herbs
(for 2 people)
Rovelline lucchesi (carne di manzo impanata e fritta, ripassata in padella con pomodoro e capperi)
€ 14,00
Rovelline (fried meat with tomatoes souce and capers)

Baccalà arrosto co’ ceci lucchesi ed olio nuovo

€ 16,00

Roast Salted cod with local chick-peas with new oil

Cinque formaggi di latte crudo
€ 15,00
Five raw milk local cheeses

Seppie con la bietola

€ 18,00

cuttlefhish with vegetables (bietola)

Insalata mista di stagione
€ 6,00
Mixed salad
Patate arrosto
€ 6,00
Roasted Potatoes
Sformato di cardoni
€ 7,00
cardoons  flan
Puré di patate
Mashed potatoes
Il fagiolo rosso di Lucca
€ 6,00
  local beans

Tutti i dolci sono di nostra produzione / All dessert are made by us

Budino di pane

€ 6,00
 Local bread pudding

Cialda con ricotta della pastora e miele di acacia nuovo raccolto

€ 6,00

Waffle with ewecheese (ricotta) and local ” acacia’s honey”

Panna cotta con salsa
di fragole

€ 6,00

Panna cotta with strawberry sauce

Gelato a scelta fra: Crema, Cioccolata, Fragola,
Pistacchio bronte

€ 6,00

Ice cream,  Chocolate, Cream, Strawberry, Pistachio

Latte alla portoghese

€ 6,00

Portuguese-style milk

Piattoforte lucchese
€ 6,00
Local cake with chocolate, custard, biscuits and alchermes
Cheescake con formaggio di Monica di Valgiano e salsa di uva
€ 6,00

Cheese cake with local grape sauce

Torta di farina di castagne “castagnaccio” con ricotta

€ 6,00

chestnut flowr  cake with local ricotta cheese

Torta di arancia e cioccolata

€ 6,00

Orange and chocolat cake

Our wines

We like everything about wine. The aromas, the colours and flavors, the bottles and their labels. The soil, the vines and the vineyards, so different from each other. And then we like to drink it, with something to eat, with friends and end up laughing and singing. Or just  drink it alone, suggesting meditation. We like to drink it by candlelight for two and end the night with the candle unlit. And then we like the people who produce wine. Our wine list  is made up of men and women, of their work and  souls.

Discover our list, consisting of about 300 labels, with wines that can only be tasted in our trattoria and discover the winemakers who have thrilled us, with their very small, local productions.  Discover the great internationals and wines “for amateurs”, such as those of Georgia or Portugal .

Book your table here and treat yourself to an acoustic cooking experience at the Mecenate.

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