Ristorante Canoscio sits high above the Upper Tiber Valley, in the shadow of the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Canoscio. The road to reach the Sanctuary and this restaurant winds through rich farmland, and then passes through silent woodlands where the Stations of the Cross flank the country road. Upon arrival one is greeted by a precious silence and an awesome panorama. The dining room of this popular restaurant is anything but silent. The cheerful interior is filled with the lively chatter of friends and family, come together to enjoy their day of leisure or to celebrate a more festive occasion. Today is Mother’s Day and the parish priest delights the mamas present with an impromptu serenade. The family gathered at the table across from ours is celebrating an uncle’s 90th birthday.
It is fun to witness the festivities while we join the diners in savoring the four-course fixed price lunch that is offered every Sunday. A generous array of antipasti, both hot and cold, are followed by two pastas. The lasagna must have been brought in from the kitchen on angel’s wings. The delicate homemade noodles are layered simply with a combination of perfect tomato sauce and béchamel. The taglierini are feather-light as well, holding up to a fine ragú. And even though the tris of roasted meats with patate fritte and salad fills one up, there is always room for dessert! For those diners wishing to make a different lunch or dinner selection, there is an alla carte menu. The owners are happy to arrange special parties and receptions for any occasion, but who needs an occasion to enjoy their simply delicious, homemade cooking. Make this restaurant your destination, next time you are out for a Sunday drive.
The tranquil drive to Canoscio satisfies the spirit, but the food at this restaurant satisfies the appetite.