Cum Quibus, San Gimignano

After a desperate search for an open restaurant at 10 pm on a Sunday night in San Gimignano, Alex and I stumbled upon Cum Quibus, which happens to be the number #1 ranked restaurant in the town…not a bad last-ditch attempt at finding food! We started off with ribollita soup, which is a traditional tuscan ‘peasant’ soup that is thickened with stale bread. As unappetizing as that might sound, don’t let it put you off- ribollita is filled with delicious veggies like cavalo nero, and has a fair share of canellini beans and herbs. The raw onion on top was a nice touch, and it added a good crunch to the soup. Alex had an eggplant and zucchini ‘pie’, which was one of his favourite dishes over the course of the trip. The eggplant and zucchini was grilled to perfection, and the pesto really rounded out the flavours. The meaty mains were also fantastic- the chicken fell off the bone at the slightest prodding, and the wild boar was rich and perfectly complemented by the simple polenta. By the end of round two we were both stuffed, but once our waiter (who provided some of the best service we’ve experienced) presented us with the dessert options, we couldn’t turn them down. ‘La Principesa’ was divine- the combination of the creamy mousse, the crunchy meringue and the tart berries was simply one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Alex’s creme caramel was beautiful, thanks to the gold spun honey, and while we preferred the principesa, we had no issues scarfing this one down either! Cum Quibus delivers on all accounts- atmosphere, service, food…it’s all there. Definitely not one to miss in San Gimignano.

-priya

Ribollita

Zucchini and eggplant ‘pie’ with pesto

Wild boar with fried polenta

Chicken Cacciatore

creme caramel with gold spun honey and cinnamon

‘La Principesa’- meringue nest filled with creamy berry mousse, topped with wild berries, seated on a vanilla bean cream