We met a couple of friends at the Osteria Ardenga to celebrate New Year's Eve, as they had been there before, and of course we trusted their recommendation. Unfortunately, finding the place was difficult, as the address was wrongly inserted into Google Maps, and we met several lost people looking for the Osteria in the centre of Soragna, when it is actually 4 Km away in the outside quater of Diolo... Luckily our friends saw us walking along the country road and picked us up!!! (It looks that this mistake has been corrected now). Anyway, we were a bit late and were worried to have missed a course or so... luckily the atmosphere was very relaxed, and noone was 'on a schedule' to get the dishes out. The restaurant is simply but freshly decorated, and has a great 'cellar' with hanging hams and other local cured meats. The family in charge shows the love for fine traditional food and is very welcoming. As starters we had some excellent local culatello and coppa and some vegetables. This was followed by tagliolini with saffran and gamberoni, risotto with truffle in parmesan basket, an unknown fish, and some lamb cutlets in pistachio crust. We were so full. The quality and flavours were very good overall. We had then panettone, some bubbly at midnight and some fruits and nuts. We had a good and very informal night with friends, didn't necessarily feel very festive, but that was totally ok. The owners even allowed our friend to open and drink her own bottle of wine... I doubt they would allow just anyone to do that (our friends had been there several times and she is a sommelier), but it is still remarkable. Thumbs up!
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