Had a great evening recently at the Trattoria da Ubaldo in Lucca.

It’s a quirky place which is found in the street that runs around the back of the perimeter of the anfiteatro (amphitheatre) dating back to Roman times.

I didn’t know what to expect at this restaurant owned by eccentric Frank Zappa look-alike, Ubaldo.

Trattoria da Ubaldo Lucca

On arrival, I was delighted to be greeted by the host and taken to our table.

The restaurant is full of amusing references to horror. A coffin is suspended over the entrance and there are toys in various states of added or removed limbs, rather like Toy Story as well as skulls on the fridge, upside down Christmas tree and an array of cazzi (look that one up yourselves!). Oh by the way, it is usually full of local diners so you know you are getting a good deal!

Now, this restaurant is very meaty and not really very good for vegetarians but, as a ‘pescatarian’, Ubaldo had made some fish dishes for us to eat.

The first was a fish soup. Delicious and full of flavour and extremely filling. The second was an octopus sauce, spicy and for my tastes a little salty but still good and served with polenta. I also add that while I found this dish salty, my Italian friend found it very spicy and hot.

Now at this stage I was full to the brim but I forced down a pudding of pear and chocolate in a filo pastry.

We washed the meal down with a bottle of Ubaldo wine, and finished with coffee and limoncello.

The price was good for what we ate and yes I would go back.