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.

Melanzane alla parmigiana (con formaggio di mucca di Pierpaolo Piagneriin lunigiana)

€ 10,00

Aubergine casseruole (with local aubergione and special cheese)  (Vegetarian)

Polpettine lucchesi in sugo di pomodoro

€ 10,00

Meatballs with tomato sauce

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

La scarpaccia versiliese (torta salata di zucchini e fiori di zucca) (vegetariano)

€ 10,00

SCARPACCIA VERSILIESE (courgettes and courgettes flowrs pie) (vegetarian)

Manzo marinato nel bigongio

€ 11,00

Marinated beef

Antipasto misto del Mecenate

€ 13,00


Pancotto di pesce (ricetta dei nostri pescatori)

€ 14,00

Fish bresd soup (recipe fo our fishermen)

Tordelli casalinghi lucchesi

€ 14,00

Homemade Tordelli

Tacconi con pomodoro fresco (canestrino lucchese) pecorino e pepolino (vegetariano)

€ 14,00

Tacconi (home made pasta) with fresch tomatoes, pecorino cheese and tyme (vegetarian)

Pappa al Pomodoro  vegetariana  (fatta con il pomodoro canestrino lucchese presidio Slow Food)

€ 14,00

Tomatoes bread soup (vegetarian)

Ravioli all’ortica con burro artigianale di Pierpaolo Piagneri

€ 14,00

Nettle’s home made ravioli with local butter  (vegetarian)

I veri Testaroli di Pontremoli al pesto (vegetariano)

€ 14,00


Testaroli (typical from Pontremoli) with  “pesto” (pecorino cheese, basil, pine nuts) (vegetarian)

Risotto con verdure di primavera (vegetariano)

€ 14,00

Risotto with spring vegetables

Linguine alla coda di rospo

€ 14,00

Linguine with  angler (frog) fish


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

Pollo in umido con le stringhe

€ 16,00

Local chitken in tomatoes souche with local   long  green beans


Coniglio nostrale arrosto dell’Azienda agricola Il Castello marinato alle erbe aromatiche, con il fagiolo “malato della lucchesia”

€ 16,00

Roast local rabbit with local beans

Filetto di maiale in crosta con cipolline caramellate

€ 16,00

Pork fillet in a bread crust with onioins caramel

Fiori di zucca ripieni (carne di manzo) e fritti

€ 14,00

Fried courgette flowers filled with meat

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)
Stinco di vitella con patate
€ 16,00
Knuckle of Veal with potatoes
Cinque formaggi di latte crudo
€ 15,00
Five raw milk local cheeses

Calamari ripieni

€ 18,00

Squid fish stuffed (with  fish and vegetables)

Insalata mista di stagione
€ 6,00
Mixed salad
Patate arrosto
€ 6,00
Roasted Potatoes
Sformato di zucchini
€ 7,00
courgettes pudding
La frissoglia (misto di verdure in padella)
Mix local vegetables
Il fagiolo “malato” 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

Pesca del Morianese  con ricotta della pastora e miele di acacia nuovo raccolto

€ 6,00

peach 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

Zuppetta di buccellato con crema e fragole
€ 6,00
Local cake (buccellato) with strawberry, custard and vinsanto
Cheescake con formaggio di Monica di valgiano e salsa di ciliege di Moriano
€ 6,00

Cheese cake with local cherries cream

Torta di arancio e cioccolata

€ 6,00

Orange e chocolat cake

Pesche “del morianese” al vino

€ 6,00

Peach and wine

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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