I have dined here off and on for over 25 years. Pierro is passionate about where his food comes from, he raises some in his own garden or buys from local farms. There are no high end frozen entrees tarted up for the diner. His version of Italian cuisine is influenced by his home region, near the Swiss border in Northern Italy. I have never had liver as good as he makes it. You can cut it with a fork. His lamb shanks are mouthwatering. I love his beet salad, made with locally grown beets, of course. In response to the reviewer who criticized the mushroom appetizer, I disagree, the pan-sauteed sliced portabella mushrooms are to die for - I shared an order of them last night, and savored the slightly burnt crisp edges, the mushrooms rich with garlic and olive oil, tender inside, sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley. The swordfish I ordered recently was cooked very differently than the usual char grilled or pan fried presentation, he gave a fresh take on swordfish, almost as if I had never tried it before. The flavor and texture was eye opening. There is nothing trite or commonplace about any of his menu items. If I am going to spend money going out to eat, I want it to be real food and LaMeridiana is one of the few places left that offers it. That said, it is more or less a one man operation and reservations are really a must. It is also the kind of place much like European restaurants where the dining is THE event of the evening, don t go to a place like this and eat and run. You have to be patient while he prepares the meal. It s worth the wait.
1. Fabulous food. Amazing. I can't wait to take my Italian father-in-law here.
2. Slow. (Made fresh, see #1.)
3. Not busy (I have no idea why!!! See #1)
4. Call ahead (See #2)
5. Pricy, but totally worth it.
La Meridiana, a “gem” in hiding! Owner Piero is from Italy & personally prepares everything fresh. Sunday night, July 22, 2012 we called and dined at La Meridiana. In past years eaten their many, many times. The food was excellent! A friend had been their recently and had a wonderful meal, so off the four of us went. As a starter two of us had a beet salad – best we’ve had with fresh beets & greens from Musterfield farm. The other two of our party had Pietro’s pea soup, always a delight. Two orders of Natural Chicken, with a hint of lemon – of course Las Meridiana’s 4 veggies (broccoli rabe, carrots, broccoli & asparagus) & and roasted potatoes with the meal. Mine was American Haddock – a very fresh, tasty and large filet prepared with a light cream sauce, again the compliment of fresh veggies. Huge, flaky and the taste was fantastic. The 4th had lobster ravioli and was very pleased with it. An inexpensive Italian wine $22 – Est Est Est - Toscano was a nice light compliment to the meal. I got the clean plate award….no room for dessert, but many on the menu including gelato! Next Time…….DESSERT!!
Fantastic place. First tried this place a couple of months back, and it was so good that wife insisted that we return for her birthday. As noted elsewhere, with one chef and one waitress and most everything prepared and cooked AFTER you order, the pace of your meal will be glacial - expect to spend quite a bit of time here - they even have a section on the menu for items that will take a REALLY long time - we tried that section, and it was SO worth the wait. We always have trouble deciding on what to have, since the menu and nightly special list is quite extensive, and it all looks good; from speaking to other diners who got things that we didn't, I guess it all IS good. Food presentation is not too fancy; no little dribbles of anchovy coulis around the plate or single braided persimmon leaves decorating the plates, just hearty quantities of exceptional food. We make a habit of checking out the best restaurants wherever we travel, and this ranks with some of the best anywhere.
Small restaurant, the owner cooks all the food and the food is incredible. He has gardens around the building for spices and everything is make that day. We had beet salad, mussels, lobster ravioli and tiramisu for desert, what a great meal. Five people was about $140 with some drinks.
If your in a rush do not go here, if you call ahead even a few hours you will get much better service. Never crowed but the owner plans ahead and only brings in the people he needs that -night.
This is a place for going with a few friends have a unique meal and be able to talk to your party. Never crowed or noise and usually only 3 or 4 tables are seated at a time. It was nice I felt like I was eating at a friends house.
Have to admit that the greeting was a little less than positive. But after he realized we were really wanting to eat there he warmed up to us and we had a great time. We will go back again.
The place has been around since 1986, about as long as we've lived in the area. My wife's cuisine is better than that of most restaurants in a 30-mile radius, thus we rarely eat out. But it was her birthday, and the few times the restaurant's name has come up over the years, the comments were positive, almost in the vein of an insider's tip. I reserved for a Saturday night in November, 7:30pm. A first red flag went up when we drove into an empty parking lot. For the first half hour we were the only guests, then another party of three arrived and that was it for the entire evening. C'mon, a Saturday, decent weather, and no customer traffic? It follows that the chef will not put a lot of miles on his car in the pursuit of fresh produce, fish etc. We thought it wise therefore to ignore the a la carte menu altogether and stick to the day's offerings. The portabella/shittake appetizer ($9.25) was indigestible: dry, chewy and excessively blackened, adding bitterness. The polenta/cheese appetizer was edible, no more. For entrees, there was no meat on the menu except for one pork dish. I chose haddock ($17.95) and the best I can say is that it didn't have an off taste. It came with two unpeeled potatoes, a few boiled string beans and something tasting like kale. Herbs & spices, seasoning in general, seem to be frowned upon in Meridiana's kitchen. My wife's seafood canelloni ($18.95) were passable, although the claimed crabmeat ingredient was hard to make out. A bottle of Italian 2002 Chardonnay ($28.00) was quaffable, even though some maderization had begun to show on account of its age. The bill for two, incl. tip, came to $110.00 - poor value for the money.
If, in the past, La Meridiana had ever deserved a certain reputation, the owner/chef must have completely lost interest. One suspects, he owns & lives in the building, equipment is paid off, he hangs in there for wont of anything else or different to do. He certainly has no reason to be proud of his cooking skills. the restaurant has no web presence. All you can find, is the address and phone no. Not even opening days/hours are posted. Conclusion: New Hampshire, by and large, is still a gastronomic wasteland.
I went to this restaurant about 10 years ago and when I think of the best one this one always comes up. The food was fantastic, they prepared it while we waited. The atmosphere was not intimidating, sort of laid back. Today whenever I rate a restarunt or think about it, this one always comes up. I'll have to go back some day, just to see if it's still up to my par. Really I still can't believe I remember this place after all this time. Maybe because I like eating and this place had some really good food. Actually I have 2004 as when my last visit was but that's because there isn't any other options. Maybe I have the wrong restaurant. I know it was up by Country Club Of New Hampshire Golf Course.