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Perugia: Altromondo

Via Cesare Caporali 11 , Phone: 075 572 6157

Reviewed by: sandrac from Canada, review #3518

When: 2010

Very good food, staff rather reserved at first.

Directions: Around the corner from Hotel Fortuna

I had a wonderful dinner here on a hot evening in June, and will definitely return the next time I visit Perugia. I had heard mixed things about the staff at this restaurant during some Slow Travel message board discussions. There seemed to be no question about the good quality of the food, but rather, about whether the staff was friendly enough. So, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The restaurant, located just around the corner from Hotel Fortuna, seemed to be about half-full when I arrived around 9 p.m. I stood in the doorway for a moment before an older woman, standing near the back, impatiently beckoned to me to come in and pointed me towards a small table for two. I wasn't thrilled by this welcome, but the busy waiter who soon arrived was very nice, bringing me a menu and some advice on wines. Things steadily improved after that. Several older men came in, one at a time, and all sat together at a table behind me, near the kitchen. Each very politely greeted me with a nod and a word as he passed by. I thought that was nice. It also gave me the impression this was a popular neighbourhood spot. The food really was wonderful. My appetizer plate included a range of interesting items: some local meats and cheeses, deep-fried zucchini flowers, a slice of focaccia, and a few rice-and-cheese balls, breaded and deep-fried. Even though the weather was hot, I couldn't resist trying the lentil soup which was definitely large enough to be an excellent main course. I love lentils, I love soup, and I was curious as to how this would taste. It was fantastic -- piping hot, thick and rich with flavourful lentils. The "busboy" -- actually, a young woman in her 20s -- was cold when I first sat down, yet as she cleared away my place settings after each course, she became progressively more friendly. I'm not sure why. By the time I paid my bill and rose to leave, the older woman at the back called out a pleasant goodbye and gave me a wave. Perhaps they were glad to see me go; perhaps they approved of my food choices and I rose in their estimation after I ate there. I can't even guess.

Prices were reasonable. I paid roughly 25 euro for water, two glasses of wine and two courses.

All in all, I thought the food was great; the atmosphere was a bit cool to start but warmed up considerably.

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