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Ristorante Canoscio – high above the Upper Tiber Valley

Ristorante Canoscio (for web)Ristorante Canoscio
2 Nucleo Canoscio
Città di Castello (PG)
Owners: Franco Sensi & Emanuela Ciarabelli

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday


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.

Canoscio Angels (for web)


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Dinner in a building that dates back to the 13th century

Caffè Accademia Exterior WEB


Caffè Accademia
Via del Modello 1
06012 Città di Castello (PG)


Chef: Elisa Palombi

Caffè Accademia pasta 2 WEB In a small piazza by the bell tower of the Città di Castello Cathedral, or Duomo, Caffè Accademia started out several years ago as a caffè and in 2006, it became a restaurant. A cozy, elegant dining room, set in a building that dates back in parts to the 13th century, provides a memorable venue for some fantastic dining. It is an all-woman staff that sees to it that diner guests leave Caffè Accademia totally satisfied. Maruska is knowledgeable and courteous as she presents our meal and in the kitchen, Chef Elisa’s culinary talents are truly extraordinary. We decide to go with their Caffè Accademia pasta 1 WEBrecommendations and it is a wise decision indeed.

We sample two white wines, a local organic Greccheto and a Bianco del Borgo from the Cortona area of Tuscany. These go well with the two pastas: tagliatelle verdi caccio e pepe, and saccottini (little knapsacks) stuffed with the very seasonal barba di frate, or Monk’s Beard. Also known as agretti in Umbria, these greens are similar in Caffè Accademia lamb WEBlooks to fresh chives. Delicately seasoned, the agretti were then used to stuff the handmade pasta, which was first boiled, then baked in a béchamel sauce. Simply divine!

A sampling of two red wines is offered to go with our second course: one a  blend  of  four  grapes  rightfully  called  Quattro Uva  and  the second, the famous Sagrantino. The lamb, twice cooked, is so tender, one could cut it with a fork and the contorno of potatoes and thinly sliced slaw with a Hollandaise-like sauce was a Caffè Accademia wine WEBperfect side.

Desserts were innovative and delicious: one a mouse creation of strawberry and lavender, and the second dessert was a whipped Greek yogurt with caramelized blueberries. I should clarify that there were two of us to explain, or confess to, how I got to taste two of everything. Ladies, you have done yourselves proud!

Caffè Accademia interior

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