Food is a quintessential part of life in Umbria and the magnitude of choices available often leaves visitors crying out for more. Day to day life is often interrupted by festivals celebrating seasonal produce.
For people in search of fresh produce, there is a local market on every day of the week and early morning risers will be well rewarded. The Umbertide Market on Wednesday mornings is one of our favourites and no visitor to Umbria should miss the delicious porchetta. This roast suckling pig, seasoned with sage or rosemary and fennel and plenty of salt and pepper is served warm in fresh bread rolls is classic Italian fast food. Also available in abundance are the fresh pecorino cheeses, wild porcini mushrooms, local cured meats and vegetables. The atmosphere is fantastic and it is always busy throughout the year, a sure sign of quality.
Umbria is famous for its truffles and olive oils and it produces the highest percentage of extra virgin olive oil in Italy and almost 80 percent of black truffles found in Italy. When in season, truffles are incorporated into everything from omlettes to pasta, salads and meat dishes. While nearby Lake Trasimeno yields fresh water fish, Umbria is meat eating territory and game features strongly on all menus with various birds, hare and wild boar being staples.
Umbria is also famous for the tiny lentils from Castelluccio and the pork products from the southern town of Norcia, norcino has come to mean ‘pork butcher’, so famous are the salami, sausages and hams produced here. Salsiccia di cinghiale (wild boar sausages) and stringozzi pasta are other delicacies worth sampling.
We can recommend a large variety of great restaurants in our local area that show the finest of Umbrian food.
Cooking Courses and Truffle Hunting
If guests are interested, we can arrange excellent cooking courses during their stay, which range from 2 hour informal courses to 3 day intensive.
When in season, we can also arrange for Truffle hunting which is great fun and a big hit with gourmet travellers.
Wine and Wine Tastings
No visit to Italy is complete without sampling some of the stunning wines of Umbria. Visitors interested in wine touring should be sure to visit Orvieto, Torgiano and Montefalco for the opportunity to see and taste from some of the finest vineyards in Umbria. Wines not to miss include Orvieto Classico, Sagrantino di Montefalco and Torgiano Rosso Riserva. Also worth trying are the wines of Lake Trasimeno and Assisi. It is also worth spending a few hours visiting the superb wine and olive oil museum at Lungarotti Estate where two of Italy’s finest reds are produced.
We can organise for guests to attend a variety of wine tastings in the area.