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Where to eat in Perugia


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Where to eat in Perugia

Published by Ever changing horizon — 2 months ago

Where to eat in Perugia?

Here is my ranking of the best restaurants in Perugia:

The typical Italian cuisine is very good ... and also the typical Umbrian cuisine is very good !!!
In Perugia there are many excellent restaurants!

1) Maybe...in the first place on my list of the best places to eat in Perugia there is the restaurant: "La Taverna".

La Taverna earns the first place, not only for the food, but also for its location ... the restaurant is located in the historic center of the city, so you can easily go there on foot, if you are in the center and you have not rented a car. Every time I go to Perugia, I make sure that "La Taverna" is on my schedule.

The food and the service are wonderful. Claudio, the chef/owner, lived in the US for many years and speaks English very well. The staff is very polite and very friendly! They treated us with homemade chocolate liqueurs, at the end of our dinner.

2) In my ranking there must necessarily be a pizzeria. So, if you want to taste a great pizza in Perugia, I suggest you go to the pizzeria: "Luna Rossa".

It is located, exactly, in Ripa, in Via Gualdese, at number 5AIt is a family-run pizzeria run by Neapolitans. 

The pizza is really delicious! And prices are very good!!!

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The place is not huge, but it is very welcoming. It has a large parking and a wonderful terrace from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the countryside of Perugia. The location is wonderful!!!

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The staff is extremely friendly and helpful!!! The service is fast and waiting times are short. However, I always advise you to book. The telephone number for reservations are the followings: 0039075602119 - 00393939201902 - 00393318782142 (the latter is answered by the owner's daughter, who speaks Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian).

The pizzeria is also equipped with free wi-fi, a bathroom for handicapped people, and also sells cigarettes and scratch cards. 

It is open every day from the 6:30 in the morning until the 13:00 in the afternoon. And from the 15:30 in the afternoon until the 23:00 in the night. During the morning, it works as a bar, and it is very good for the breakfast and for the aperitif!!!

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3) Another great place to eat, in Perugia, is: "Borgomela".

My husband is a great researcher, and he always seems to find these great restaurants...wherever we go! If you want to taste the traditional Umbrian cuisine, this is the right place!!!

But you need to have a car to get there...and...be forewarned: the restaurant is down a graveled road, and can be a little bit difficult to find it. It is very easy to miss the turn off...so pay a lot of attention!!!

Coming from the back entrance with our car, we already could feel the beautifful atmosphere hanging over the restaurant. This place doesn’t only serve delicious food... it serves the whole experience!!! The location is wonderful!!! The staff is very friendly and helpful! The service is perfect! Prices are good! 

4) Another great restaurant where I recommend eating in Perugia is: "Il Vizio".

It is located in a hotel, in Via Bruno Buozzi. It offers modern italian food and sushi. All plates are very good! The sushi is really fresh and delicious!!! They even grate fresh wasabi for you and they have two different types of soy sauce!!!

The staff is very friendly and helpful! The service is perfect!. Prices are a little bit higher than in the other restaurant of Perugia, but the quality of food is very high!!! Do not forget to taste the desserts!!! They are really delicious!!!

5) Another great restaurant where I recommend eating near Perugia is: "Ripa Relais".

It is located in Ripa, near the famous pizzeria "Luna Rossa".The dishes are refined and presented impeccably. The wines are delicious and the sommelier are really professional. The staff is polite, prepared and very elegant. The environment is rustic. The location is beautiful. The exterior has a large swimming pool, olive trees and other types of plants kept perfectly. Prices are good. 

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Among the starters, I suggest you to try:

  • The "carpaccio", with apples and blueberry vinegar, which costs € 8.50;
  • Pumpkin flowers stuffed with ricotta, truffles and cherry tomatoes with passion fruit, which cost € 9.50;
  • The "parmigiana", with "fior di latte" and tomato soup, with basil oil, which costs 8.00 euros;
  • The egg with black summer truffle, with potato mousse and wholemeal crumble, which costs € 9.50;
  • The flan of peas on velvety "pecorino" cheese and crusty bread, which costs € 8.50.

Among the first courses, I suggest you to try:

  • The potato dumplings of "Colfiorito" with bacon, asparagus and black summer truffle, which cost € 9.50;
  • The "norcia" tortelli on cream with black vegetable, which cost € 9.50;
  • Hand-rolled "tagliatelle", with cherry tomatoes, fillet salpicon and almond flakes, which cost 9.00 euros;
  • The warm peasant soup, which costs 8.00 euros.

Among the main dishes, finally, I suggest you to try:

  • "The Chianina", with mixed salad and grilled potatoes, which costs 18.00 euros;
  • The roasted chicken with grilled vegetables and tzatziki sauce, which costs € 16.00;
  • The rabbit roll in porchetta, with mustard sauce and fried sage, which costs € 16.00;
  • The selection of local cheeses, which costs 13.00 euros.

Bread, pasta and desserts are homemade every day, following ancient traditions; while the meat, vegetables and oil come from the farm that extends over thousands of hectares in the surrounding valley. So...everything is really fresh and genuine!!!

In addition to the restaurant, and a huge pool, the property has 16 exclusive rooms, located in four ancient farmhouses, kept perfectly. Each room has Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a television, a mini-bar, a radio, a safe, a telephone, a hair-dryer, an alarm clock, and an olive oil courtesy set. Worthy of note is definitely the honeymoon suite, called "La Torre", which has the distinction of being composed of two floors and being equipped with a beautiful jacuzzi for two people in the living room. Room prices start from 70 euro and include breakfast, which is very plentiful. It includes a tasting of typical Umbrian products, including: cold cuts, cheeses, savory snacks, bread, biscuits, pies and homemade jams, and much more. It is served from 8:00 to 10:00. 

The "Ripa Relais" offers also some very nice initiatives, unique experiences to try, which can also be special gift ideas:

  • the "Umbrian Cooking Course", which generally takes place in the morning, together with the well-trained chef of the restaurant, and costs 50 euros, including a lunch prepared by yourself. The lesson lasts about two hours and is basically based on the preparation of pasta, bread, pizza, and some typical Umbrian sauces.
  • the "Wine tasting", which generally takes place in the afternoon, together with the well-prepared sommelier of the restaurant, and has a cost of 20 euros, including a tasting of local wines accompanied by typical Umbrian products, and a lesson on wine, starting from its temperature, and from the glasses in which it is served, to go to how to drink it and how to keep the glass. You can enjoy local ham, capocollo, homemade salami, mountain lard, ciauscolo, local cheeses flavored with truffles and chilli, smoked scamorza rolls with Umbrian barbozzo, croutons with extra-virgin olive oil and to round off with a selection of Homemade pastries accompanied by sweet liqueur wine.
  • the "Course of Italian language and culture for foreigners", which generally takes place in the afternoon or in the evening, and has a variable cost, depending on the number of participants. The lessons are taught by Italian mother-tongue teachers who are graduates and certified at the University for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena.

6) Another great restaurant where I recommend eating near Perugia is the farm: "Il Rosciolo".

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It is located in a small locality called "Fratticiola Selvatica" that has less than a thousand inhabitants: a fraction of the municipality of Perugia that stretches on a hill about twenty kilometers from the Umbrian capital, a strategic point for those traveling by car and want to visit the whole region.
"Il Rosciolo" has ten rooms, five of which have independent access, and five are inside the farmhouse.
They are all very beautiful, clean, with attention to the smallest details, and equipped with a free Wi-Fi internet connection.
The farm also has two very nice pools, one larger, 150 cm deep, and another smaller, only 50 cm deep, suitable for children or to sip a cool aperitif.

Prices are really good and pets are welcome.

Check-in is preferably between 2.30 pm and 9.30 pm, while check-out is before 10:30 am. Breakfast is served between 8.00 am and 10.30 am, lunch is served from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm and dinner is served from 7.30 pm until 21:00. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday, for lunch and dinner, but only by reservation. In any case, the owners are extremely available and will meet all your requests. 

I suggest you try the "ravioli" with truffle, strictly handmade and with flakes of excellent truffle.

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7) Another great restaurant where I recommend eating near Perugia is: "Degusto".

Where to eat in Perugia

It is a big restaurant located next to the famous Umbertide water park, exactly, in Rodolfo Morandi Street. The restaurant is open from 10:00 to 23:00, during the winter, while it is open from 9:00 to 00:00, during the summer.

The food is really good and very well presented!

Where to eat in Perugia

Where to eat in Perugia

"Degusto" is also a pizzeria!

Where to eat in Perugia

The pizzas are spread by hand. You can eat on site, or order a takeaway pizza.

Furthermore, it is possible to organize parties for both adults and children. For the little ones, there is a beautiful "children's area" equipped with lots of games and inflatables !!!

Inside the structure there is also a nice lounge bar with a beautiful area where you can enjoy excellent cocktails, as well as liqueurs, spirits, grappa, premium gin, rum and whiskey of the highest quality ... of course, with background music jazz.
Prices are really good!!!


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