Osteria Mulin Vecio
Located in the beautiful Gradisca d’Isonzo, Mulin Vecio is one of the most mesmerizing folkloristic inns of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Its origins are as humble as can be: in 1964 Bruno Spessot decides to convert an old watermill into local wine retail. Later on he will add the inn. And that is how the wide sales of the old watermill became one of Gradisca’s most beloved and crowded centers. Most merit, namely what attracts tourists and locals of different ages the most, goes to the tajut. It’s not easy describing the tajut, because it is more than a typical Friulian tradition. It’s a rite. Every morning tourists and locals crowd Friuilian inns to enjoy a nice glass of local wine accompanied by prosciutto di San Daniele, a typical Friulian worldwide known type of ham made exclusively using the meat of Italian pigs belonging to the Large White or Landrance breeds. Forget cappuccino e croissant, real Friulians have tajut for breakfast. However, it is also possible to taste other delicious local cured meats and cheese. Rumor has it that you can smell the scent of the surrounding mountains from those. Together with tajut and other meats, at Mulin Vecio you can taste many other scrumptious warm plates, like Carniolan sausage with sauerkraut (Slovenian recipe), jota soup, goulash and polenta with tripe and parmesan cheese. Not to mention codfish vicentina'style, cotechino with brovada, sauerkraut with Vienna sausage, prepared following old Austrian Empire’s “defonta” tradition, beans and pasta soup. In other words, Mulin Vecio offers all kinds of dishes that unite old style recipes for fine meats and Friulian as well as Middle-European traditions. As cherry on top, however, there’s the service. Because the food may be spectacular, but it’s never enough without the comfort of a warm environment. And that is what Bruno Spessot and his wife Alba offered their clients, amiably entertaining them until late night, making them feel like family, letting them perceive the passion they put into their job. Such passion has passed on to Luca and Cesare Spessot, who now run Mulin Vecio with the very same care as their parents. A touch of romance comes from the lovely garden that one can enjoy in Summer, but aside from that, everything in this peculiar Friulian inn screams folklore: from the ancient copper pots hanging off the ceiling with exposed beams, to the old style dark wooden tables, Mulin Vecio seems set to be a small isle of peace in the middle of nowadays’ frenzied routine.