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Umbertide, Umbria

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Restaurants in Umbria Ristorante L’Antica Osteria

Ristorante L’Antica Osteria


‘Piazza Braccio Fortebraccio, 5/6

06014 Montone (PG)

075-930-6271

Owners: Luca and Filippo Fumanti

Taverna dei Consoli

Taverna dei Consoli


Via della Fortezza, 1

Piazza del Comune, Assisi (PG)

075-812-516


Owner: Maria Rosa Tiradossi

Ristorante Umbria

Ristorante Umbria


Via S. Bonaventura, 13

06059 Todi (PG)

075-894-2737


Owner: Alessio Todini


Trattoria Volpelli

Trattoria Volpelli


Via Cortonese, 14

Loc. Calzolaro, Umbertide (PG)

075-930-2305

Owner: Marco Caproni

Chef: Irina Caproni

Ristorante La Rocca

Ristorante La Rocca


Piazza Caduti del Lavoro,

06019 Umbertide (PG)

075-941-1828


Owners: Mirco e Daniela Fiorucci

Caffè Accademia

Caffè Accademia


Via del Modello 1

06012 Città di Castello (PG)

075-852-3120


Chef: Elisa Palombi


Ristorante Armentum

Ristorante Armentum


Relais Tenuta Le Silve

Armenzano (Assisi) (PG)

075-801-9000


Ristorante Canoscio

Ristorante Canoscio


2 Nucleo Canoscio

Città di Castello (PG)

075-854-019


Owners: F. Sensi & E. Ciarabelli


Enoteca di Piazza Onofri

Enoteca di Piazza Onofri


Piazza Onofri, Bevagna (PG)

0742-361-926


Owners – Angelo & nephew Nicola Santificetur

Ristorante Redibis

Ristorante Redibis


L’Orto degli Angeli

Via Dante Alighieri,1

Bevagna(PG)

39-0742-361-756

Ristorante alla Balestra

Ristorante alla Balestra


Via della Republica, 41

Gubbio (PG)

075-927-3810

Owners:  Marco Paciotti & Gialla Bianconi

Il Granaro del Monte

Il Granaro del Monte


Hotel Grotta Azzurra

Via Alfieri 7

06046 Norcia (PG)

0743-816-513

Ristorante Da Massimo

Ristorante Da Massimo


Via dei Romani, 16

06063 San Savino Magione (PG)

(Lake Trasimeno)

075-847-6269

Owners: M. and M. Castellani

Castello di Cortevecchio

Castello di Cortevecchio


Località Nogna

7 Strada Provinciale 204

Gubbio (PG)

075-924-1017


Ristorante Pomarancio

Ristorante Pomarancio


Via Gabriotti, 14

Umbertide (PG)

(near the historic center)

075-941-5886


Ristorante Le Melograne

Ristorante Le Melograne


Hotel Le Tre Vaselle

Via G. Garibaldi. 48

Torgiano (PG)

075-988-0447

Owners: Lungarotti Family

Ristorante Monna Lisa

Ristorante Monna Lisa


Via del Forte,

Castiglione del Lago (PG)

075-951-071


Owner: Maurizio Bracci

Ristorante Beccofino

Ristorante Beccofino


Piazza San Benedetto 7/A

Norcia (PG)

0743-816-086


Owner: Andrea Battilocchi

With origins that date back as far as the Etruscan civilization, the cuisine of Umbria remains simple and seasonal, relying on dishes created with a minimal amount of fuss or ingredients. It is often called “cucina povera” for this reason. But make no mistake, these dishes are abundantly flavorful and wholesome in every way, created with the rich grains, vegetables, herbs and olive oil of the region.  Add to this the prized mushrooms, wild asparagus and truffles of its fields and forests, and the meals become veritable feasts. Appetizers and pastas are prepared with the coveted truffles, and in the fall and winter months festivals abound to celebrate their goodness.


There is nothing better than a simple bruschetta drizzled with golden olive oil, or a platter of cured meats and aged cheeses. In springtime, fresh fava beans and pecorino cheese make the sun shine brighter. Pork is king but wild game can make a royal appearance in such dishes as Pappardelle alla lepre (wild hare sauce) or Stringozzi con ragù di cinghiale (wild boar sauce).  Grilled pork and lamb are favorites year round. Lentils, beans, chickpeas and chestnuts, paired with fresh vegetables, make for hearty soups that bring warm comfort when days begin to announce winter's chill.


It is not surprising that Umbria, a region with deep spiritual roots, would have sweets named Baci of San Francesco, meaning St. Francis kisses, and Biscottini delle Monache,  nun cookies.  An interesting note about Umbrian bread has to do with the church as well. The Pope imposed a tax on salt in the 16th century, and because of this, the Umbrians began making their bread without salt, a practice still common today.


As you travel around Umbria, keep these specialties in mind.  The Upper Tiber valley is known for their white truffles, while black truffles come from the Valnerina area. Norcia is known throughout Italy for the art of pork butchery, so much so that butchers throughout the peninsula use the term norcineria to indicate the quality of their pork products, from their prosciutti to their sausages. Don't miss an opportunity to try the flat breads prepared on a hot griddle, known as torta al testo.  They are often stuffed with different salumi or sautéed greens. Lentils from Castellucio di Norcia and farro (spelt) from Monteleone di Spoleto are a wholesome treat. Have a glass of refreshing Orvieto white wine, or a robust Sagrantino from Montefalco.  


Finally, give yourself a kiss:  the famous Baci, chocolate and hazelnut delights, come from Perugia.

Ristorante Nicolao

Ristorante Nicolao


Park Hotel ai Cappuccini

Via Tifernate

06024 Gubbio (PG)

075-9234

Osteria dei Re

Osteria dei Re


Via Cavour, 15/B

06024 Gubbio (PG)

075-922-2504


Owner: Moreno Brunelli