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So, there we were....trundling around Lazio on yet another exploration - in the province of Latina this time, trying to locate an obscure wine producer (which we found, but they don't currently open to the public).
By the time we'd finished getting lost [among sunflower fields] it was way past lunchtime; we were in the middle of nowhere, hungry, not a 'pizza a taglio' (pizza takeaway) in sight, and restaurants all closed.
Eventually at a crossroads (which turned out to be the village of Campoverde) we spotted this place....and it was open....and they had food!
In fact they had a surprisingly amazing range of cheeses - including Burrata from Puglia, Buffalo Mozzarella from Naples, sheep's milk ricottta, harder cheeses with pistacchio nuts, cured hams and other cold meats, grilled veg (courgette, aubergine, zucchini, etc...), several types of bread rolls, and a well-stocked mini-market section.
The staff were really friendly. They even prepared our filled rolls for us (which they weren't obliged to do at all) and invited us to eat under their sun awning and gave us cutlery & cups for the water - not the Ritz, but who cares. Food was delicious, proportions generous, prices excellent! They seem to open pretty much all the time. Just so that you know, the shop is called: "Mangia Qui", which means "Eat Here!". It seems like an order, but we can promise you'd be sorry if you drove past with a rumbling tummy without stopping.