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Montemelino: La Fattoria di Montemelino

Via dei Montemelini, 22 , Phone: 075.8472925
Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: Jeannew from PA, review #1869

When: 2006

Good food, pleasant atmosphere in a picturesque hamlet.

Directions: Easy uphill walk from our rental, Villa Rosa. Consult map or website for driving directions. Restaurant is on the main piazza (free parking) next to the only church.

Poached pear and chocolate dessert (and Duane in his bargain Merino vest), photo by Jeanne W

We thoroughly enjoyed both out meals here. The front part of the restaurant is a bar that opens at 5:00PM. Meals are served in the nicely decorated dining room starting at 8:00PM. The 3 of us ate here twice. The first bill was 97 for 3 huge meals which included an angus steak for hubby and tender, flavorful taglia of local Chianina beef for nephew and myself. A blurb in Italian on the menu explained how the local Chianina cattle are descended from cattle that worked on the land and how they are humanely treated and fed only locally raised organic forage.

We were a bit more restrained for the second meal, sharing more and ordering less. It started with a grilled vegetable appetizer, followed by two pasta dishes, excellent gnocchi di spinaci con fonduta di formaggi and tagliatelle ai porcini. Salsicce di maiale and grigliata mista di carne were the two very good secondi, accompanied by grilled vegetables and green salad. We shared a liter of wine and ended the meal with one coffee and two desserts. Nephew had a pear poached in wine accompanied by chocolate and a cream sauce. I don't remember the name of mine, but by the time the fire went out, it was a delicious creme brulee. 65 total.

If you are staying in this area, I highly recommend a visit to this restaurant. You can't beat it for convenience to Villa Rosa, or if you stayed in the rentals at the Fattoria itself. However, I would not consider it a destination restaurant whose food is so outstanding it would outweigh the frustration of visitors from another area trying to find it and getting lost on Umbrian backroads in the dark.

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