Situated at the confluence of the Tiber and the Chiascio rivers, Torgiano is a walled hilltop town with incredible views. Constructed in the 13th century on the remains of an ancient Roman settlement, Torgiano served as outpost and refuge. Surrounded by vineyards, it is still a place of quiet retreat, where a peaceful passeggiata takes one past quaint shops, walled gardens and the entrance to Hotel Le Tre Vaselle, owned and operated by the Lungarotti Family of the famed Umbrian vineyards.
One need not be a guest at the hotel to dine at their restaurant, Le Melograne. A large stone camino dominates the room, where the color palette calls to mind the ruby-red of a pomegranate, the fruit for which the restaurant is named. An award-winning menu created by Executive Chef Domenico d’Imperio awards diners with an exceptional choice of dishes, in which local ingredients are prepared and plated to perfection. Let your capable waiter help in the selection of wines from the Lungarotti vineyards, as they are at home here. And so are we!
We start our meal with an antipasto of zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta, accompanied by a glass of Brezza, a young white wine that is fruity and refreshing and a good way to begin our gastronomic adventure. For our second course, I had the ravioli with tartufo nero, while my husband tried the tagliolini with asparagus tips. Ordering by the glass, we sampled another white wine, Torre di Giano, a dry and fragrant blend of Trebbiano and Grechetto grapes. With the main entrée of tender tagliata of beef, Rubesco, their classic red wine was the perfect fit.
We enjoyed our meal immensely at Le Melograne. It is easy to see why it has won such worldwide recognition – an elegant, ambiance, cordial service, superior cuisine and excellent wines. We savored our meal and now we’ll savor the memories of Le Tre Vaselle and its wonderful restaurant.