Puccini and the Hamburger Tower: Italy update #9

We spent a couple of days touring the three national museums in town, one of which is Puccini’s birthplace, and several churches.

The Duomo di San Martino, Lucca. You can see the bell tower from Puccini's attic.

The Duomo di San Martino, Lucca. Puccini could see the bell tower from his attic.

We always enjoy the amazing art and history of Italy’s museums and churches but we especially liked Puccini’s apartment. We loved his scribbled notes on the draft of Tosca, a letter from a director asking what Puccini’s notes about metronome time on the score meant and a note from a friend urging him to get off his duff and start working again. The apartment contains his trademark overcoat and white silk scarf and even the Steinway used to compose his greatest works.

Terra cotta statues line the garden at the Guigini Museum.

Terra cotta statues line the garden at the Guigini Museum.

When we left the Musee Guinigi yesterday, restaurants were starting to close for the afternoon. Panicked at the thought of missing a meal, we ran to ran to Gigi’s and they took us in. Antipasti was artichoke hearts baked in a small terra cotta casserole with sun dried tomatoes, pimentos, tiny black olives and olive oil. Heavenly!
Last time we were at Gigi’s I seen a simple hamburger steak with spinach and roasted potatoes on the side. That simplicity appealed to me so I ordered the same – or thought I had. What arrived was the first vertical food we’d been served on this trip. At the top of the tower was a pile of spinach with yummy home made lemon mayo.  Below that, melted fontina topped the perfectly cooked burger that sat on a tomato slice and a piece of rustic bread.  I don’t know how they did it, but the burger was medium rare inside and absolutely crispy on the outside. It was so good that we ordered another one for Paul. Pasta took the back seat this time and we couldn’t have been happier.
The spinach, lemon mayo burger tower!
The spinach, lemon mayo, burger tower!