Pietro’s in Lodi – Authentic Italian Food and Wine

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We were on our way back from the airport and had a few errands to run in Lodi. Being stuck in Lodi is a wonderful treat when you stop for a meal at Pietro’s for lunch! I have written two previous articles on the most authentic Italian food west of Milan at Pietro’s. Jim and Annette Murdaca have for years served some of the most genuine and old world tasting foods, even beating out some “well known Italian cities of New York and San Francisco”.  Pete, their son is now the head chef and continues to provide creative and excellent dishes.

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For lunch I ordered the Margherita pizza with crushed tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, Corto olive oil and fresh basil. My wife had Jimmy’s Salad a Caesar salad with marinated chicken. Served with fresh baked bread served with Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Both dishes were so large we were only able to devour half of each!  Took the leftovers for dinner last night. The food service was professional, engaging and spot on. Thank you Rodrigo!

The wine with the lunch was Pertinace Barbera D’ Alba, DOC. One of my favorite wine regions in northwestern Italy. This area is known for its cherry flavored red wines from Barbera grapes. Had previously spent a few days at Monforte d’ Alba, this wine region covers the town of Alba and the Langhe rolling hillsides. Barbera is not as well-known as two of the other Piedmonte wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. That stated, the chalky and limestone rich soils produce a wonderful Barbera.

This meal brought us back to the hillside village and sipping wine in the local square, enjoying a simple Italian meal.

If you ever find yourself in Lodi, make time to enjoy the great Italian food and wine at Pietro’s.






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