Tag Archives: Umbria

Bevagna at its best – Enoteca di Piazza Onofri

Enoteca

Enoteca di Piazza Onofri
Piazza Onofri
Bevagna
39-0742-361-926
info@enotecaonofri.it
Owners – Angelo & nephew Nicola Santificetur
Chef – Nicola Santificetur

One expects good wine from an enoteca, and surely good food to go with the grape.  But food prepared by the extremely deft hands of Nicola Santificetur surpasses all expectations.  He could not have learned his craft solely in hotel school.  His culinary talents are a gift!

We wisely followed the advise of our waiter, Alan, who suggested one superb dish after another.  Panzanella, a traditionally “poor man’s” salad utilizing bread crumbs, was a tribute to the simple goodness of a varied garden salad and great bread, when combined and presented to perfection by this young man.  His real triumphs were in the artistry and flavors of his game dishes.  I had tender pheasant prepared in a crunchy potato crust with a contorno of zucchini, while my husband enjoyed duck breasts, the meat rare and juicy, topped in a crust of pistachios.  This was accompanied by couscous with apricots and almonds.   Our wines were all selections from Umbrian vineyards: a Palazzone white from Orvieto, a Lungarotti Rubesco Reserve and a Colpetrone Sagrantino from Montefalco.  Excellent choices, thanks to Alan’s guidance.

The enoteca opened ten years ago in a 12th century building that previously housed an old olive mill.  The candlelit tavern-type tables lend special warmth to the dining room with its vaulted ceilings.  Soft music, great Umbrian wines and excellent cuisine – Bevagna at its best.

Chef at Enoteca

Chef Nicola Santificetur

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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)
39-075-854-019
http://www.ristorantecanascio.com
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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ITALY – the Beauty and the Feast

Italy - The Beauty and the Feast

To my friends and readers who love Italy as I do, I announce with great pleasure the publication of my newest book “ITALY – The Beauty and the Feast” along with a free shipping offer from Blurb.

“Has Italy captured your heart and your imagination? In this travel journal, Ginda Simpson captures the essence of the country, not through the usual highlights of a whirlwind tour of the peninsula, but through leisurely travels to the cities and countryside, often off the beaten path and during the quieter seasons. Festivals that ignite the imagination, banquets of tables laden with Italy’s abundant harvest, shepherds and farmers toiling their land, opera divas that sing in a way that almost breaks one heart – these are the experiences that inspired the title: Italy – the Beauty and the Feast. Ginda invites you to travel along with her. For your own planning purposes, she includes contact information for the various hotels, restaurants, and festivals mentioned in her stories. This is the sequel to her first collection of travel stories to be found in the book entitled: Italian Wanderlust.”

 

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A Truffle Feast in Montone

Antica Osteria WEB

Ristorante L’Antica Osteria

Piazza Braccio Fortebraccio, 5/6
06014 Montone (PG)
075-930-6271
http://www.lanticaosteria.it
info@lanticaosteria.it
Owners: Luca and Filippo Fumanti

In the main square of the small town of Montone, a hilltop gem outside of Umbertide, one will find Ristorante Antica Osteria, an unpretentious restaurant that offers unforgettable cuisine. An old restaurant under the new ownership of two young brothers, this charming restaurant is not to be missed. Antica Osteria - carpaccio with truffles WEBThe dining room is decorated is tones of burgundy and dark chocolate, heart-healthy colors. The cuisine is simple, yet rich and perhaps not ideal for the heart but perfect for the soul. And the view of the Umbrian countryside from the panoramic windows only enriches the experience.

Filippo serAntica Osteria - Taglierini al tartufo WEBves while brother Luca, a self-taught cook, prepares the most delectable dishes focusing on the prize of local gastronomy – the truffle. The house antipasti are generous and varied – Chianina beef carpaccio al tartufo bianchetto, eggs scrambled and topped with the prized black truffle from Norcia, pork liver paté on crunchy bruschetta. The delicately flavoured black truffle is featured again in our first course, topping handmaAntica Osteria - Tagliata al tartufo WEBde taglierini, followed by Tagliata of beef with white truffles. All of these dishes are made even better by the use of some of the finest olive oil I’ve tasted.

The entire meal has been a Tartufo celebration, the ingredients perfectly balanced to create enticing flavours and beautiful dishes. How does one learn to cook like this on one’s own? An innate passion for food coupled with a deep respect for the land that provides it. Luca is not unlike many Italian chefs, but he is young and has already achieved real excellence. Bravo!

Antica Osteria - Filippo and Luca Fumanti WEB

Filippo and Luca

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Relais Le Silve – a refuge on Monte Subasio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARelais Tenuta Le Silve
Armenzano (Assisi)
http://www.tenutalesilve.com
info@tenutalesilve.com
075-801-9000

At 700 meters above sea level in the Mount Subasio Park, outside of Assisi, Relais Tenuta Le Silve offers a veritable refuge. Its 230 hectares of unspoiled, forested land is populated by deer, wild boar, cattle, horses, donkeys, foxes and a variety of bird life. There are 20 kilometers of hiking trails on the estate, making it the perfect place to enjoy Umbria “off the beaten path.”

I wake early this morning and walk the grounds to admire the magnificent panoramic views. A silver mist is pierced by shards of light, brightening the greens and burnishing the copper of the autumn colors that are beginning to appear. Nature has woven a blanket that envelops me in peace. Pax and Bonum – we are after all in the land of St. Francis. In fact, this ancient stone structure dates back to the time of St. Francis.

Marco, the current owner, has every right to be proud of this property, which his father discovered and purchased five decades ago and dedicated years to its careful restoration, transforming it from an abandoned ruin into the elegant inn it is today. The rooms are rustic, yet graceful in their simplicity. The views are magnificent. There are several sitting rooms where one can choose to hide away with a good book or wander outdoors to a quiet spot to sit with a glass of wine in hand. Hiking trails beckon one to explore, and when the weather is warm, it would be hard to resist a lazy afternoon by the pool. For those who wish to discover the treasures of Assisi, it is a slow yet scenic drive to the heart of the city.

The restaurant at the Tenuta le Silve was named after the nearby hamlet of Armenzano whose inhabitants herded their sheep from the lower plains to the high grounds of Monte Subasio. On this crisp autumn evening, flames dance over fragrant logs in the large stone camino, adding warmth and atmosphere to this lovely dining room, rescued from a structure where sheep once sheltered. The terracotta floors show the patina of the ages; the stone walls and wood-beamed ceiling whisper stories of the past. Skirting the tables are linens with needlework inserts reflecting the grace of by-gone times. The ceramic plates were hand-painted by a Deruta artist. Every detail invites guests to sit back and enjoy the cuisine of Umbria. Chef Giorgio Valiani doesn’t simply cook. He celebrates – the flavors born of the land that surrounds us. The sheep cheeses and wild boar, the mushrooms and truffles, the fragrant herbs and wild berries…

At Le Silve, the pace is slow and the environs magnificently beautiful – a perfect combination for savoring both the spiritual and natural heritage of Umbria.

Read more about other lovely hotels and restaurants in Italy,  Rooms with a View and Italian Wanderlust, by clicking on their covers:

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