Favourite Restaurants


It is very hard to find a good restaurant in Umbria...they are either excellent or superb!  Italians eat out a lot and a mediocre restaurant gets the thumbs down from the locals, and word gets round very quickly. Remember, this is the home of the grapevine!

However, these are some of the restaurants we have particularly liked in our travels around Umbria, not in any particular order, and some have been recommended to us by clients or friends. There is a wide selection, from cheap and cheerful to the very best in cuisine. If you have a favourite restaurant to share please send us the details. Below is a list of the ones we especially recommend.

There are various stages you go through when visiting restaurants here. First, you look down through the menu and choose something you know, like...spaghetti. Then, when you know what all the dishes mean you choose something you like. Next you ask the waiter to explain what is in the dish. Finally you ask him to change it! I love the Penne alla Norcina in our local restaurant, Rosatelli, made with penne pasta, sausage and cream, but it goes to a new level when you ask for a little bit of black truffle to be grated over it!

The different types

Ristorante

Usually has a wide range on the menu and may or may not do pizza. If they do it is likely to be a wood burning oven and only running in the evening.

Osteria

A family run and simple tavern usually with a fixed or very simple menu. You may have to book a table in advance. (eg. Il Borghetto, Deruta)

Trattoria

A modest restaurant.

Rosticceria

A restaurant specialising in roast meats and vegetables. (eg. Rosatelli, Marsciano)

Pizzeria

A restaurant that specialises in pizza (plural is pizze), usually available evenings only (eg. La Grotta del Gallo, Marsciano) but sometimes at lunchtime too. Go for one with a wood-burning oven as the flavour and texture is so much better.

Country House

This adoption of the English term by Italy means a large house comprising self-catering apartments. There is often a restaurant within the building. (eg. Antico Roseta)

Agriturismo

An agriturismo is a farm with holiday accommodation, often with a restaurant on site which is open to the public.

Albergo
An albergo, or hotel, will often have a restaurant open to the public as well as its guests.


Gualdo Cattaneo

This is, without any shadow of doubt, the best restaurant we have found.  The food, wine, service and ambiance are second to none.  Obviously it is not cheap but we felt it was excellent value for money.  The locanda has a swimming pool and several apartments so you can actually stay there too.  Ultimately there will be 26 apartments.  Prices are very reasonable.  They tell us they are creating a wine bar and a (separate) cigar room with a choice of 1,500 cigars too!

 

Address: Via delle Chiesa 2 - 06058 Saragano, Gualdo Cattaneo
Directions: When you get to Saragano the restaurant is at the far end of the village with parking nearby.
Tel: 074298636
Mob: 331 6894369
Closing day: Tuesday
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Bastardo

4 Piedi & 8.5 Pollici

Please forgive the name of this town!  Bastardo is close to Gualdo Cattaneo.  This restaurant was recommended to us by one of our website visitors, Jim Frank.  It gets rave reviews on Tripadvisor so we thought we'd publish it here and pay a visit soon.

Address:
Piazza del Mercato 10,  Loc. Bastardo, 06030 Giano dell'Umbria
Directions: To follow.
Tel: 074299949
Closing day: unknown, please ring
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Gualdo Tadino

Hostaria da Baccus, Gualdo Tadino
What a gem this restaurant is! We were taken there by an agent for lunch and we go back again every time we visit Gualdo Tadino! The food is superb, service brilliant, excellent wine, prices reasonable and the restaurant itself is very pleasant.
Address: Gualdo Tadino
Directions: The restaurant is on the main street leading up into the historic centre (centro storico).
Tel: 075 914 2792
Mob: 338 289 9820
Closing day: Monday
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Castiglione del Lago

Monna Lisa (not a spelling mistake!), Castiglione del Lago
It was 2:30 on a cold, wet and windy day. I staggered into Castiglione del Lago with clients looking for somewhere to eat. In a shop doorway a lady offered us samples of salami and parmisan cheese, but not enough to satisfy five hungry adults. I asked if there was a restaurant open for lunch. She shook her head saying that at this time of the year and this hour in the afternoon there was nothing open. Then she said 'follow me' and took us across the square to the most delightful restaurant! Brilliant gnocchi with prawns. Yet another gem to present to you. The owner speaks good English.
Address: Piazza Mazzini, Castiglione del Lago
Directions: In the corner of the square in the middle of the main road through the historic centre.
Tel: 075 951 071
Closing day: Wednesdays in winter.
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Todi

Giro di Bacco, Monte Castello di Vibio

We went to a concert in the beautiful theatre in Monte Castello di Vibio and most of the theatre-goers went on to this restaurant afterwards, us included.  We had never heard of it before as it's quite new, and were absolutely delighted.  The setting is quite bright and modern but the food and service is excellent.  We paid just over 20 euros per head for two courses, wine and coffee.

Address:  Via Cesare e Luigi Agretti 41, Monte Castello di Vibio.

Directions:  as you go up the hill from Madonna del Piano turn right into via Enrico Ippolisti, cross over a simple crossroads, and the restaurant is on the right after about 300m.

Tel:  075 878 0698 or 333 421 1344

Closing day:  We're told they don't have one.

Website:  www.girodibacco.it (with map and in English too)

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La Cruccola, Acqualoreto
A charming little osteria with fixed menu between Todi and Orvieto.
Address : piazza G. Bernadi 8, Acqualoreto
Tel : 0744 958397
Mob : 339 3266276
Directions : The restaurant is in the wall of the castle just to the left of the entrance.
Closed : to follow
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San Faustino, Massa Martana
We popped into this restaurant for a quick bowl of pasta one lunchtime and were delighted with the food and service.
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Le Noci, Grutti
We were recommended this restaurant by several friends and finally got to have a quick bowl of pasta one lunchtime. It really is very good and there is a version of the menu available in English.
Address: Via Torino, 6 - Grutti (PG)
Directions: On the main road through Grutti right in the centre of the village.
Tel: 0742 98371
Closing day: Friday
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Pane & Vino, Todi
Excellent restaurant with wine shop selling Umbrian specialities.
Address: Via Augusto Ciufelli 33, 06059 Todi
Directions: From the top of the cable car go up the hill and the restaurant is about 50m on your right.
Tel: 075 894 5448
Closing day: Wednesdays
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Bevagna

Alla via di Mezzo, Torre del Colle
What a find! This restaurant is so popular that it is full up every night and you need to book a week in advance. Fabulous but simple food, great atmosphere and a price of 16 euros a head. Oh, and the owner is a hoot!
Address: Via di Mezzo, Torre del Colle 06031, near Bevagna
Directions: Enter the borgo through the gate by the bar and the restaurant is just on the left.
Tel: 0742 362074
Closing day: Monday
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Piazza Onofri, Bevagna
This restaurant was recommended by guests of ours. The same owners have a locanda (small hotel) and an enoteca (wine shop) selling not just wine but olive oil, truffles, pasta and cereals. We tried it and were very impressed.
Address: Piazza Onofri 2, Bevagna
Tel: 074 236 1926 or 335 564 1000
Closing day: Wednesdays
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Assisi

Grotta Antica, Assisi
Just occasionally we find a gem of a restaurant down a little side street. You can tell they're good by the fact they are full of local Italians! This one in Assisi was discovered by Brother Tom, the Franciscan priest who takes the Anglican church services in Assisi.
Address: Via Macelli Vecci 1, 06081 Assisi
Directions: Go down from the Piazza del Comune in the centre of Assisi into Via Portica. Turn immediately left and via Macelli Vecchi is on the left.
Tel: 075 813 467
Closing day: Unknown
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Trattoria da Erminio, Assisi
A super little restaurant in the upper part of Assisi with very reasonable prices. Specialises in cooking on the open fire. Great pasta dishes.
Address : via Montecavallo 19, Assisi
Tel . 075 812506
Directions : From the car park in Piazza Matteotti at the top of Assisi go down the road to the right of the carabinieri offices. Take second left, first right and the restaurant is on the left after about 200m.
Closed : to follow
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La Rocchicciola, Assisi
A lovely and interesting trattoria run by husband and wife team.
Address: 06086 Rocca S. Angelo, Assisi
Tel: 075 803 8161
Closing day: Tuesday
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Città della Pieve

Ristorante Zafferano, Città della Pieve
This lovely restaurant is within Hotel Vannucci in Città della Pieve, in the west of Umbria. We had a our church lunch there recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. The waiter speaks very good English and certainly knows his wines.
Address: Via I. Vanni,1 06062 Città della Pieve - Perugia
Tel: 0578 299572
Closing day: to follow
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Villa Pambuffetti, Montefalco
A beautiful restaurant in an exquisite four-star hotel.  The 200-year-old villa provides a faultless setting.  The service was superb and the food sublime.  Plus an excellent choice of wines from the knowledgeable English-speaking waiter.  The perfect setting for weddings and banquets.
Address: Viale della Vittoria 20, 06036 Montefalco (PG)
Directions: Approaching from the Gualdo Cattaneo direction there is an avenue of tree just before the town.  Almost at the end of the trees there is a turning to the left with a sign for Villa Pambuffetti. 
Tel: 0742 379 417
Closing days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Friday fish menu.
 
Join the LPV restaurant club for free
and receive a free apertativo and coffee when dining at this restaurant.
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 Coccorone, Montefalco
A typical Umbrian restaurant in Montefalco, home of the famous wine. Fixed menu with a fixed price. Recommended by clients of ours, George and Alison Rollo.
Address : Largo Tempestivi, 06036 Montefalco (PG)
Directions : Go to the square at the top of the town and take the side street to the left of the town hall. It's on the left after about 20m.
Tel : 0742 379535
Closing day: Wednesdays
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Castiglione della Valle

Antico Roseto, Castiglione della Valle
We have just discovered this newly opened ristorante and were very pleasantly surprised. It is also a country house and has seven apartments and a swimming pool. The restaurant itself is gorgeous with brick vaulted ceilings, exquisite table settings and the owner usually brings out his guitar and has a sing-along with the guests in the evenings. The service and food was superb, even though it was a quiet midweek lunchtime in April, and the prices are not too expensive.
Address: Loc. Belvedere, San Biagio della Valle 06070 (PG)
Tel: 075 878 7386
Directions: On the left as you leave Castiglione della Valle towards Marsciano.
Closing day: Mondays
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Lake Trasimeno

Spiaggia Giramondo, San Feliciano
A very nice fish and pizza restaurant on the eastern edge of Lake Trasimeno. Recommended by clients of ours, Derek and Stephanie Mather. We went there and were surprised just how good it was!
Address: via Gandhi 29, San Feliciano (PG)
Tel: 075 847 6271
Directions: San Feliciano is on the east shore of Lake Trasimeno.
Closing day: Tuesdays
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Ristorante Da Massimo, San Savino
This is a great restaurant specialising in sea fish on the south east edge of Lake Trasimeno.
Address: Via dei Romani 16, 06063 San Savino, Magione
Directions: On the road overlooking the lake on the south east corner of the lake.
Tel: 075 84 76 094 or 075 84 76 269
Closing day: Mondays
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Deruta

Il Borghetto, Deruta
Excellent food and very friendly service. Run by a husband and wife and well worth a visit. Filiberto speaks lovely English and has a special treat for you midway through the meal!
Address: Via Borgo Garibaldi 102, Deruta
Tel: 075 972 4264 or 075 870 1215
Directions: Go across the traffic lights towards the historic centre of Deruta and turn right at the next set of lights. The restaurant is about 200m on the right.
Closing day: Sundays
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Tavola e Favola, Deruta

A great little restaurant with dishes quite different to the usual. A little too brightly lit for our taste.

Address: Via Tiberina 190, Deruta
Directions: At the traffic lights at the foot of the hill turn north and the restaurant is about 50m on your left.
Tel: 075 971 0276
Closing day: Tuesday
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L'Antico Forziere, Casalina
This is a stunning restaurant. The food is exquisite and the service perfect. The desserts are a work of art and have to be ordered at the same time as the starter and main course!
Address: Casalina, near Deruta
Directions: Come off the E45 at Casalina, just south of Deruta. The restaurant is just off the junction on the east side and clearly marked.
Tel: 075 972 4314
Closing day: Monday
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Locanda del Bracconiere, Deruta
A lovely restaurant in Deruta, home of majolica ceramics. Fixed menu with a fixed price. Recommended by clients of ours, Derek and Stephanie Mather.
Address: via Borgo Garibaldi 8, 06053 Deruta (PG)
Directions: At the main cross-roads with traffic lights at the foot of the hill in Deruta go towards the centro storico. After 50m the restaurant is on the left by the next set of traffic lights.
Tel: 075 972353
Closing day: Mondays
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Orvieto

L'Antica Rupe, Orvieto
A charming little restaurant seemingly unaffected by the tourist trade around it. Excellent food and service. Take an LPV business card there and get 10% discount.
Address: V. S. Antonio 2/a, Orvieto 05018
Directions: On the left as you head up from the cable car to the cathedral.
Tel: 076 334 3063
Closing day: Mondays
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La Badia di Orvieto, Orvieto
One of the most beautiful restaurants in Umbria, and probably Italy, which makes it one of the most beautiful in the world!
Address: Località La Badia, 8, 05019 Orvieto
Tel: 0763 301959
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Trevi

Osteria la Vecchia Posta, Trevi
An excellent little restaurant in Trevi recommended by clients of ours, Stephanie and Derek Mather.
Address: Piazza Mazzini, 06039 Trevi (Pg)
Tel: 0742 381690
Closing day: Thursdays but always open at holiday time
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Marsciano

La Grotta del Gallo, San Valentino della Collina
We are very lucky to have such a good restaurant so close to home! The food is great, the service excellent, the ambience lovely and the prices very reasonable. Friday nights has live music by a keyboard player.
Address: via Victor Emmanuelle 7, 06055 S. Valentino della Collina, Marsciano, Perugia
Tel: 075 879 5021
Directions: San Valentino is very small with a T-junction right in the centre. The restaurant is between the bar and a big mustard-coloured villa on the corner.
Closing day: Winter - Mondays and Tuesdays.  Summer - open every day
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Rosatelli, Marsciano
One of our real favourites to which we go quite often. Really good simple food at very reasonable prices, although prices have crept up quite a bit recently. Family run and very friendly. They tell us that the menu hasn't changed in forty years. Well, if it ain't broke - don't fix it!
Address: via V. Veneto 42, Marsciano 06055
Directions: Heading into Marsciano from the north go over the river Nestore, and the restaurant is on the left of the next roundabout.
Tel: 075 874 2026
Closing day: Saturdays, would you believe!
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Il Recanto, Papiano
A very nice restaurant with great pizze (that's the plural of pizza!). They provide accommodation and there is a swimming pool for guests.
Address: Voc. Cagina II, 57/A, 06050 Papiano (Stazione), Marsciano
Tel: 075 878 5015
Website: www.recanto.it
Directions: From Papiano Stazione cross the valley towards Casalina and it's on the left.
Closing day: Monday
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Bivio del Moro, Marsciano
This little restaurant, located in the hills above Marsciano, has an enormous following amongst Italians in the area...a sure sign of good food and reasonable prices.
Address : Vocabolo Campogrande 19, 05010 San Venanzo
Tel : 075 875 193
Mob : 338 248 5245
Directions : Take the road from Marsciano towards San Venanzo and the restaurant is on the junction to Pornello.
Closing day: Tuesdays
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Al Menestrello, Migliano
An unusual and rustic restaurant with great home-made dishes.  You need to book to ensure it's open..
Address: Migliano
Directions: Go up through the village until you can go no higher. The restaurant is at the top within the castle.
Tel: 075 870 8121
Closing day: Always ring to book. They are closed in winter.
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Relais Villa Valentini, San Venanzo
A lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. Recommended by Bob Powers and Lucinda Brown.
Address: Via Principe Umberto 05010 - San Venanzo
Directions: At the church go up into the historic part of the town and the relais is on your left after about 100m.
Tel: 075 879 0105
Closing day: to follow.
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Città di Castello

Vineria del Vasaio, Città di Castello
An enoteca with superb light food and a terrific atmosphere.
Address: via della Cacioppa, Citta di Castello
Tel: 075 852 3281
Closing day: Sundays and Mondays
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Torgiano

Il Toscanino, Torgiano
Lovely food and fresh fish on Thursdays and Fridays.
Address: Signoria di Torgiano
Tel: 075 982 447
Directions: It's on the main road through Signoria di Torgiano
Closing day: Mondays
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Siro, Torgiano
This restaurant was recommended to us many times and we finally got to go there. We have been missing a treat. The food, service, ambiance and price are superb.
Tel: 075 982 010 or 075 988 0035 or 335 315 775
Address: Via G. Bruno 16, Torgiano
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Perugia

Dal mi Cocco, Perugia
This unusual and very popular restaurant has a fixed menu with fixed price, written in Perugia dialect, which changes for each day of the week and then the weekly menu changes every season. Dead cheap, great atmosphere and excellent food, more than you can eat!
Directions: From the Etruscan arch go directly opposite and the restaurant is on the left.
Details to follow
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Al Chiaro di Luna, San Martino in Colle
Excellent food and pizze at very reasonable prices. Very popular so you may need to book on Friday or Saturday nights in the height of the season.
Address: Via Orvieto 8 L 8 M, San Martino in Colle.
Tel: 075 607 140 or 075 607 9435
Directions: San Martino is just south of Perugia. Go into the centre of San Martino and turn right if coming from the north, left if coming from the south. Turn left in about 50m. The restaurant is tucked behind the supermarket.
Closing day: Sundays
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 Panicale

Albergo Masolino, Panicale
A really nice restaurant overlooking Lake Trasimeno specialising in grilled meats. If there are only two of you get a balcony table outside if you can.
Address: Via del Filatoio 4, Panicale
Directions: From the square go up to the right and the restaurant is immediately on your right.
Tel: 075 837 151
Closing day: Tuesday
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Outside Umbria

Ristorante Il Paiolo, Florence

We don't normally recommend restaurants outside Umbria but you may want to take a day trip to Florence (known as Firenze in Italy) and therefore we recommend this one. It has a real atmosphere, excellent service and great food. The prices are reasonable too, considering the location, close to the duomo (cathedral). We paid 27 euros each for salad, pizza, coffee, and bottle of wine.

Address: Via del Corso 42r, Firenze
Directions: Use a street map to find it or ask near the duomo.
Tel: 055 215 019
Closing day: Sundays
Website: www.ristoranteilpaiolo.it
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Outside Italy

Pizza on the Wood

A great restaurant in Willesden Green, London.

Website: www.pizzaonthewood.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 8459 3311
Address: 76 Walm Lane, Willesden Green, London NW2 4RA
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