The best restaurants in Umbria

The best restaurants in Umbria

The best restaurants in Umbria

Umbrian restaurants

Umbrian restaurants

At Casa Vissani, between Todi and Orvieto, Umbria boasts one of the most famous restaurants in Italy, but its fine dining with a Michelin star and the price tag of over 130 € (£ 112) per person are the exception.

Instead, the region’s culinary highlights are its many long-standing, old-school-type trattorias – small, homely, and often family-run businesses that have been producing simple food for the locals for decades – and its abundance of robust ingredients such as truffles, mushrooms, lentils, hams, spelled and mountain cheeses.

Redibi, Bevagna

Redibis has an extraordinary setting: the three dining rooms are part of the walkers of the former Roman amphitheater of the city and present an elegant and elegant mix of historical and contemporary. Many of the seasonal dishes rework old recipes, with the original date recorded on the menu. This may sound complicated but it invariably works: like this rancet-flavored snatches with the scent of good weed (handmade pasta with tomato and bacon and marjoram sauce) dates back to 1935 and sweet of waiting (dried fruit compote with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce) from 1925.

Contact: gourmet.bio
Reservations: Necessary
Prices: £ £

Redibis

Redibis

Apollinare, Spoleto

This is a wonderfully intimate, gracious and comfortable place to dine, a (small) part of a former convent of rough stone walls and wooden beams. Simple things like homemade pasta are done well, but most dishes have a creative (but never overdone) twist. The candy shortcrust pastry appetizer is extraordinary, filled with melted cacciatina, parmesan and truffle, you will eat one and you will immediately want another. It has been a staple on the menu since the restaurant opened in 1991, as have some of the delicious puddings, most notably the ice cream-like parfait made with fresh peaches.

Contact: restauranteapollinare.it
Reservations: Indispensable for lunch and dinner
Prices: £ £

Apollinare

Apollinare

Vespasia, Norcia

Norcia is a real mountain town with a superb gastronomic tradition, which has found refined expression in the Vespasia, a Michelin star and listed in Relais & Chateaux. The dining room is bright and clean-lined, with modern artwork on the walls, but occupies part of the stables of a Renaissance palace, so it retains some nice period details. Neapolitan chef Valentino Palmisano has spent time in Asia and occasionally adds an Asian twist to some dishes without straying too far from his Italian roots. Menus change regularly, but in this part of the world, anything with truffles should be at the top of your wish list.

Contact: vespasianorcia.com
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: £ £ £

Vespasia - DANIELE MOLAJOLI

Vespasia – DANIELE MOLAJOLI

La Palomba, Orvieto

Since 1965, this cozy and functional old-school family-run trattoria has been offering rustic but well-cooked Umbrian and Orvieto specialties since 1965, including pigeon and game, local cured meats and more unusual specialties such as spaghetti all’ascaro (a version of carbonara with black truffle). The service is pleasant and professional, both for visitors and for the numerous locals who make this a popular city center rendezvous.

Contact: orvietoviva.com
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: £ £

Taverna del Lupo, Gubbio

The “Taverna del Lupo” has been in business for more than 30 years in a beautiful 14th century building filled with pillars, sweeping vaults and ancient stone arches – try for a table in one of the more intimate vaulted corners. Go ahead and overspend on one of the many great truffles (truffle) dishes on a menu that could be described as “Umbria revisited” – although there is plenty of other choice, with homemade pasta always a good bet. Don’t overdo it with appetizers and first courses, though, because caramel millefeuille is a must for pudding.

Contact: tavernadellupo.it
Reservations: Recommended on weekends, during the summer and on public holidays
Prices: ££, £££ with truffle dishes

Tavern of the Wolf

Tavern of the Wolf

Coccorone, Montefalco

Coccorone has thrived for several decades, updating its decor from time to time – warm reds and cream and dark woods in its current incarnation (with invariable medieval arches, large fireplace, and sturdy wooden ceiling) – while maintaining its high standards of polite. and sober service and food that always has the ability to surprise. Normally you look for an exceptional dish – and grilled meats are always persuasive – but here there is a wine to taste: the local red of Sagrantino, together with its sweet and dessert version, Sagrantino Passito. Both have a prominent place in the wine list, but also in the kitchen as part of the sauces to accompany pappardelle and meats.

Contact: coccorone.com
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: £ – ££

Coccorone

Coccorone

Pallotta, Assisi

Eating in the tourist town of Assisi can be challenging, but the Balducci family, owners of this humble but reliable trattoria, ensure consistent standards, with Margherita in the kitchen producing Umbrian classics such as stringhozzi alla pallotta (pasta with mushrooms and olives), bean soup (sweet green bean soup from nearby Lake Trasimeno), or greedy pigeon (pigeon) and a big one rabbit alla cacciatora (rabbit stew). The two dining rooms are simple: simple white walls, tiled floor, and a hint of beamed ceiling, but a fireplace gives it warmth and atmosphere in season.

Contact: trattoriapalotta.it
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: £

Al Mangiar Bene, Perugia

Al Mangiar Bene (“Where you eat well”) occupies part of a memorable medieval building, characterized by venerable stone walls and immense brick vaults. The furnishings are simple – simple wooden tables and chairs – but the food is prepared with care and skill. They pride themselves on their local wines and microbrewery beers (including organic and biodynamic options) and their locally sourced (listed) ingredients. The cuisine is mostly classic Umbrian, so choose the classic option of umbricelli, a thick and chewy pasta made only with water and flour (without eggs). Pair it with a choice of sauces, the more substantial the better: wild boar, shall we say, or jowls (bacon) and tomato.

Contact: almangiarbene.it
Reservations: Recommended for dinner
Prices: £ £

At Eating Well

At Eating Well

Bread and Wine, Todi

Guides in Todi guide visitors to Ristorante Umbria, outside the town’s picture-postcard square: nothing bad (although the food can be variable) as long as you eat on the terrace, which offers a view over half of Umbria. But for honest food at fair prices, Pane e Vino is casual, family-run, and has cozy, rustic dining rooms and an attached wine bar. For variety, the house antipasto (house appetizer) offers a great selection of meats (including wild boar, venison, and goose), cheeses, croutons, and more. Pasta could include fresh tomato and lemon tagliarini, with more ambitious main courses of game and truffles available in season.

Contact: panevinotodi.com
Reservations: Recommended for dinner
Prices: £

Bread and wine

Bread and wine

The Garden of Giovanni, Orvieto

This tiny place doesn’t win any awards for its décor, which might be called a monastic eatery, with a few tables, the odd painting, and a merciless tiled floor. But it offers very good, seasonal local food and a small garden for outdoor dining; be sure to make room for puddings, which are small presentation works of art and change from day to day.

Contact: ilgiardinodagiovanni.it
Reservations: Recommended for lunch and dinner
Prices: £ £

To the Etruscan Well of Giovanni

To the Etruscan Well of Giovanni

The Aquarium, Castiglione del Lago

You might not stay overnight in Castiglione, but a day trip is worth taking for its charming little medieval center, time on the town’s small beaches, and swimming in the warm-water lake. Lunch or dinner should be at L’Acquario, a historic favorite on the pretty main street (which has outdoor tables in summer) and a menu that mixes lake fish and traditional Umbrian dishes such as grilled boar skewers with more creative dishes contemporary proposals such as duck fillet with orange and chocolate.

Contact: restaurantelacquario.it
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: £ £

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