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Silenced By The Trout

A view of the crystal clear water of Santa Sussana well

 “If I am a river, you are the ocean
Got the radio on, got the wheels in motion
We were silenced by the night
But you and I we gonna rise again
Divided from the light
I wanna love the way we used to when”

Nope! This is not a post about love. However, I could not find a better way to star this post without citing the song Silenced by the night from my favorite band – Keane -.  Not just because we always play their music while we are driving, but because  we were also heading to a river with the stereo on (with Keane’s Strangeland of course!) and our wheels were in motion to Rivodutri, where you can find a marvelous restaurant specializing in fish river called La Trota (the Trout).

La Trota, located about 136 km Northeast of Rome, has become a point of reference for many gourmands living in the Lazio region, as well as in Italy.

Trout with an herb sauce, rose vinaigrette and chopped hazelnuts

Being voted as the best place specializing in river fish (by renowned gastronomic critics) in Italy and with excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, la Trota is a family owned restaurant wisely run by the Serva brothers – Maurizio (who is in charge of the dining area), and Sandro (who is the Executive Chef).

Desiccated shrimp pasta with shrimp, and a coconut milk and liquorice sauce

Desiccated shrimp pasta with shrimp, and a coconut milk and liquorice sauce

The key to their success is simple – a passion for their territory produce because – above all – food is culture – and this is what makes this place so special. Moreover, the courage to open a haute cuisine spot in a 100 people village about 85 miles from Rome, is a living proof of how serious and attached they are to their roots. In our case, the 85 mile trip was worthwhile.

Top right: Panzanella in a glass

While tasting the different entrées, we wouldn’t say a word due to our concentration in eating all the delicious food–Shhhh!….


Pike cooked on its skin with a zucchini scapece coulis, a saffron sauce and a fried zucchini blossom


Carp with a poppy seed crust and beetroot and potato mayonnaise


Top right: Carpaccio of tench with angel hair pasta and a tench broth


Citrus soup with black olive gelato, white chocolate cannoli stuffed with mango and a star anise arc


A risotto alla Milanese interpretation dessert: saffron gelato with toasted almonds and dark chocolate sauce

We were “Silenced by The Trout”….

32 Comments Post a comment
  1. littlefashionistas #

    It looks delicious!

    August 17, 2012
  2. Ssshhh. i have to go back and look again.. amazing.. sshhh.. c

    August 17, 2012
    • Thank you Celi! The pics speak for themselves…don’t they?!

      August 18, 2012
      • they certainly do.. c

        August 18, 2012
  3. Fantastic flavour combinations and a beautiful restaurant too that you have captured really well.. This gets added to the long, long list of restaurants to go eat at.

    August 18, 2012
    • Hi there! I was just browsing through your amazing blog! I am very glad you liked it, and judging from your lovely posts, I have no doubt you will appreciate it!

      August 18, 2012
  4. These dishes are more art than nourishment, Ambrosiana. So incredibly presented! I bet the wait staff spends time going from table to table, reminding patrons that they are supposed to eat as well as admire the plate before them. Absolutely stunning. Silenced, indeed!
    Thank you for sharing these remarkable creations with us.

    August 18, 2012
    • Hi John! Indeed, when they brought your dishes to our table, we were silenced admiring the platings, and we were also regretting to eat them (in a way) since the dishes were so beautifully plated!

      August 18, 2012
  5. What a wonderful location. The dessicated shrimp pasta got my attention – I also serve pasta like that ever since your visit! Nicely written post – I’d be happy driving through Italy listening to Keane.

    August 18, 2012
    • Hi Roger! I knew it! Isn’t this plating wonderful? You should have listened to Mr. Serva’s explanation on the essication of the shrimp! That is when you understand their passion about food!

      August 18, 2012
  6. … the way, the pictures are terrific.

    August 18, 2012
    • Thank you Roger! Your compliments always mean a lot to me!

      August 18, 2012
  7. The food looks wonderful! I especially like the carp with poppy seeds!

    August 18, 2012
    • That was actually the dish that impresse me the most! The beet potato mayonnaise with the carp and the poppy seeds was just outstanding.

      August 20, 2012

    Everything looks spectacular !! Que envidia poder comer tan rico!! Great pictures too!!

    August 18, 2012
  9. Lovely photos and it looks like a fantastic place to eat.

    August 18, 2012
    • Thank you! It was definitely a special place!

      August 19, 2012
  10. Fantastic post and the photos are beautiful 🙂

    August 19, 2012
  11. what a gastronmic delight! But th efirst photo really did it fo rme, the clear water, the reflections, the green, barely a ripple…… ssshhhhhhh……

    August 19, 2012
    • You are total right! I couldn’t stop looking at the clear waters…it blew me!

      August 20, 2012
  12. lovely, lovely stuff.

    August 19, 2012
  13. Unbelievably beautiful food served in a gorgeous spot. Wish the restaurant wasn’t thousands of miles away or I would be making a reservation.

    August 22, 2012
  14. I love these photos!! Do you make the food or just photograph it? You have a new follower 🙂

    August 24, 2012
    • Hi! Thank you! In this post I took the pictures of the restaurant’s dishes. In my last post about zucchini, I took pictures of the food I prepared.

      August 24, 2012
  15. I was taken by each and every picture. From the breathtaking views to the sinfully presented desserts! Traveling to Italy is on my dream list, just knowing where to start will be the hardest part! So many interesting places and soo many different food choices!!

    August 27, 2012
    • In fact, Italy, wherever you go, is an amazing country. It has everything: gorgeous cities, wonderful seaside, stunning mountains, a breathtaking countryside. The only thing Italy is missing is the desert. It will be very hard to decide where to start at!

      August 27, 2012
  16. very late, ridiculously late with this comment, but i only now discovered the post! so very beautifully captured….such a hush and calm…such peaceful exquisiteness.

    February 28, 2013

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