La Mora… no mora :(

We were very sad to find out one of our most favorite restaurants is no longer open.

one of our top 3 favorite restaurants in the area

This being our first long stay in two years, we were hoping to visit La Mora. I tried to call for a reservation, but fast busy. Website down. We’ll drive by and see if we can get a last minute table. I was a little more suspicious when we didn’t see signs on the highway directing us to the restaurant, which we always relied on. We found it eventually, but it was closed-closed.

So we decided to try the nearby Antica Locanda di Sesto. We very fortunately were able to get a last minute table. The staff was very friendly and the food excellent, much of it grown and made right there — including the wines, olive oil, and cheese. Many of the dishes were similar to the La Mora menu, with the same emphasis on local traditional dishes served in creative combinations. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the double-birthday party next to us.

Leslie bravely asked what happened to La Mora, and the first waiter told us it was no longer open… ever. A very sad thing happened to the owners. Then we asked the waitress and she told us more details about the tragic story, which we looked up when we got home:

Sauro Brunicardi found dead in the river, the owner of a famous restaurant
Sad news: Sauro Brunicardi dies, owner of La Mora

We have enjoyed many many excellent meals there. I think the first was in February 2007, when Bella was 9 and ordered a glass of milk and Sauro brought her “vino bianco!” Since then he remembered us every time we visited, each meal getting larger and more elaborate! Our last visits were in Summer 2009, and Bella had taken to having a glass of moscato at the end of the meals, which she was looking forward to last night as well. We also discovered this excellent wine there.

Fortunately, Antica Locanda did not disappoint and has joined the list of favorites to visit when we’re here. I’m sad we don’t have many photos of La Mora, but I’m still looking. And that we didn’t get there more often…

Comments 4

  1. Jenn wrote:

    So – was it a suicide?

    Posted 11 Jul 2011 at 19:47
  2. Carolyn wrote:

    Yes – apparently. They found him in the river and he had left a note about being unhappy…

    Posted 11 Jul 2011 at 20:08
  3. Jenn wrote:

    Must’ve been a different part of the river from where we were swimming – remember how shallow it was? Either that or he was very devoted to drowning in that particular river as my recollection of the river would be you’d have to be face down with boulders on one’s back!

    Posted 23 Jul 2011 at 0:28
  4. Carolyn wrote:

    Yes, the river is deeper in other parts. There’s a dam in Borgo a Mozzano that keeps it fairly shallow near town.

    Posted 23 Jul 2011 at 0:48

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