As you saw in my previous post, San Gimignano is a pretty unique place. A complete fossilized city in the middle of nowhere. One of the most intriguing things about the city is their delicious food!
I found a restaurant that Tripadvisor gave more than 1200 reviews. It was located in a non-descript alley, with an unmarked door.
A little curious fact is that the restaurant was right next to the Museum la Tortura.
(As you may have guessed, “Museum la Tortura” means “Museum of Torture.” Because my hands were shaking when taking the photo, you may notice the skeleton in the cage.)
The restaurant that I was looking for was called Cum Quibus. The sign said they will open at 7:30 pm. And just in case someone wanted to open the door to peek in, it had curtains in front of it: a complete mystery.
It was only 3 o’clock and I had to eat something. Some American tourist suggested Cafe Stella, and I thought, well maybe something light will help me survive to 7:30 pm. Of course I ended up eating a 3 course meal (dessert included) since this was the absolute best food I have had in Italy so far! Caffe Stella was not even close to Cum Quibus’ ratings on TripAdvisor, so my desire to go there was hightened 10 fold!
At 7:25 I went back to Cum Quibus and waited another five minutes under the pouring rain, for the doors to open. The restaurant was booked completely but somehow they managed to find an extra table. The place had a really cool rustic Tuscan vibe and was very small.
Food started coming in and despite the more casual presentation it had the most surprising, bold flavor combinations that were extremely artistic.
Then some of the loyal patrons started coming and congratulating Lorenzo, the restaurant’s young owner that TripAdvisor just announced Cum Quibus as the 8th BEST Restaurant in the WORLD!
That was unbelievable! 8th restaurant in the WORLD in the middle of nowhere?! How is it possible?
But it made me think of an Armenian proverb that says “a polished diamond won’t sit on the floor for too long”.
Regardless of where you are and how small you are, if you’ll do a good job, it won’t be unnoticed.
That was the beautiful lesson from old San Gimignano and wounderful Cum Quibus.