Espreitámos e não estava muito cheia, ficámos ali a olhar para a ementa uns bons minutos até que algo nos fez entrar, nem sei bem o quê e seguramente que não foi o amontoado de autocolantes que recomendam o restaurante.
La Mescita was an accident, of those that happens and you end up glad because you think you got a secret place. Then you see the sticker on Tripadvisor, you were not the only one. We were looking for another restaurant when we found a small square with a market being dismantled, still there were some benches and in front was this Osteria.
We peeked and it was not very crowded, we stood there looking at the menu a few minutes until something made us come in, I do not even know what, and it certainly was not the pile of stickers that recommend the restaurant.
La Mescita ensinou-nos que vale a pena entrar pelas ruelas desconhecidas de Pisa para descubrir sabores autênticos e sem pagar muito porque os pratos rondavam os 8€, pelo menos á hora de almoço.
Being away from the usual tourist circuit must be the reason why it had only one table occupied by Italians, the owners were sitting at a table next to us and got up whenever we order something or the food was coming. The place is unique, with rough wooden tables as the old tavern that is (there since 1902), I was loving it … this was my kind of place, informal, modern but respecting the old. And the food?
When they gave us the handwritten menu on an A4 sheet I was scared, what have we done? To start we ordered a Pecorino cheese in the oven on a bed of greens, it was great. We could take a deep breath, this place was genuine and their food did not disappoint.
Then come a ragout with fresh pasta and aTrevisan radicchio (chicory one with the purple leaf typical Treviso) risotto . We liked everything but there was no room for dessert.
La Mescita taught us that it is worth entering the unknown streets of Pisa to discover authentic flavors without paying too much because the dishes were around € 8, at least lunchtime they were.