If you have been to Tuscany and you love food, then you know what happens when you get back to Dallas: you crave all of the sensuous tastes that have satiated your palate. When I returned from Siena last fall, I craved sage and pork. In particular, sausage from the Cinta Senese pig, a product, of course, you can’t buy in the U.S. And fresh pici, a labor-intensive semolina pasta that is common to the Tuscan table. Three days after I returned, I called Paul over at Jimmy’s Food Store. Before I could finish the sentence: “Hi, I just got back from Tuscany and…”, he interrupted me and said, “We don’t have pici.”
If you live in Dallas, you know good Tuscan is hard to find. I’ve had some “come close” meals at Bene Bene in North Dallas. Today comes a cry from another Tuscan traveler. I can taste her pain.
My husband and I recently had the best meal of our lives in Siena, Italy…it was a boar dish, marinated in milk and other amazing spices for something like 24 hours then slowly cooked to perfection. His birthday is coming up and I’d love to find a restaurant in Dallas that has authentic Tuscan food, and that makes a similar dish. I know it’s a long shot, but do you know of a place that does? I’ve done some research but looks like the Italian places I know don’t serve similar food, and especially not boar.