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Perugia: Il Settimo Sigillo

Via Ulisse Rocchi 1 , Phone: 075.5724.306

Reviewed by: Jeff Whiteaker from Slovakia, review #3839

When: 2011

This was for us another wildly inconsistent dining experience in Perugia. Despite one notable redeeming quality, I doubt we would return.

Disillusioned by the heinously bad pasta we had the previous night in Perugia, at a place recommended by the guy from whom we rented an apartment, we decided to look elsewhere for some alternative restaurant suggestions. On the wall of the apartment was a bulletin board with a listing of seemingly all or most of the restaurants in the centro storico. A previous tenant had put stars and exclamation marks by one called Il Settimo Sigillo, so we thought we'd check it out.

We saw lots of Italian-speaking locals going in, the menu had potential (and was cheap), so we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, Il Settimo Sigillo has a woefully tacky medieval dungeon theme going on with the décor, which we couldn’t really see until we were inside the place. Curiously, they were also cranking 80s reggae music, which was a funny juxtaposition, to say the least! But the restaurant was hopping, so we thought we’d stick with it.

Sadly, my tagliolini with porcini was - like the previous night's restaurant in Perugia - complete crapolini. My wife ordered gnocchi with cheese, arugula, and speck, which was halfway decent, but well short of stellar. The house wine was disgusting (by far the worst we'd had on the entire trip).

Luckily, what saved the evening was a piece of veal we shared, which came in a black truffle and balsamic glaze. Cooked medium-rare, the nice cut of veal was perfectly flavorful, tender, and juicy (and you could really taste how this thing had been milk-fed), while the subtle truffle/balsamic glaze enhanced the flavor nicely. A perfect secondo in every way. Strange, huh?

We likely wouldn’t come back to this place, but if we did, I’d stick to the meat-based secondi. Maybe Perugia is not a good town for pasta? A vegetarian friend of mine in Florence joked that only hunters lived in Umbria; maybe that translates to the local cuisine? At any rate, this was two nights in a row of bad pasta in Perugia. We decided that at the next place we would try, we would focus on the secondi.

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