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Orvieto: La Palomba

Via Cipriani Menente 16 , Phone: 0763.343395

Closing day: Wednesday

Reviewed by: bettini from CA, review #3760

When: 2011

Our first meal in Umbria!

Our first meal in Italy was a memorable one. This place is mentioned often on chowhound and is a slow food member or whatever you call them.

The place is lively and friendly and the service was excellent. We had a late lunch. The food was simple and delicious. We started with an assortment of bruschetta and a platter of prosciutto. We both had umbricelli with shaved truffles for our primi. They shave the truffles onto to the pasta right at the table.

Secondi were wild boar in a spicy tomato sauce for me and grilled sausages for M. We were in heaven. This was what we came to Italy for! We finished with due caffe and had due bottles of fizzy water with lunch. The bill was 57,50 euros.


Reviewed by: bill magrath from IN, review #1950

When: 2006

A hidden treasure in Umbria. Wonderfully delicious food in our favorite Italian restaurant.

The Cinti family (Giampiero, Carla and Enrica) along with Giovanni the cook make this small Umbrian trattoria our favorite in all of Italy.

A decent wine collection, amazing truffled dishes, a wide selection of primi and secondi, and wonderfully friendly and efficient service at an embarassingly low cost! What's not to love? We spend as much time as possible in La Palomba every other year when we visit Italy. For six years I have held back from publicizing this gem because it's like home away from home for us. I now relinquish that selfishness.

Simple elegance and homey style accompany every dish from the award winning cook, Giovanna. Do yourself a favor and visit La Palomba, but don't tell too many others about it.


Reviewed by: Goldengate from CA, review #1812

When: 2005

One of our favorite places to eat in Umbria. The owners are extremely friendly and the food is great. Don't miss the crostini with the shaved truffles.

We have been going to this restaurant every year for the past 3 years and usually go at least 2 times on our vacation. The food is fairly basic (but very good) Umbrian food, but they do a few things that you don't see everywhere. We always get the crostini tartufo as a starter. They shave the truffles over your plate at the table which to me is a beautiful thing to see.

Our pasta dishes are always excellent and I love to get the cinghiale dish as my secondo. My stomach is growling just thinking about it.

The family that owns the restaurant is very friendly. The last time we went there we got hugs and handshakes as soon as we walked in the door. I'm always surprised that they remember us.

Our rule is to go there hungry and leave very full. For the 2 of us we usually pay around 65-70 euros which includes a bottle of wine (around 16 euros), a bottle of water, 2 antipasti, 2 primi, 2 secondi and 2 contorni.

The restaurant is not very big and has always filled up for lunch when we were there so reservations are recommended.


Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #906

When: 2004

Wonderful hearty, homemade food; good friendly service. The *best* truffle dishes including freshly grated truffles.

We arrived at La Palomba about 5 minutes after closing time for lunch: no problem and of course, no rush. We were treated very warmly and the food was great.

Loved the hearty, almost chewy, umbriacelli tartufo, with two kinds of truffles grated on top at the table. Also had tagliatelli (homemade) with sauce of tomatoes and artichokes--great. Good house white served in the classic ceramic rooster pitcher. Overall a place worth revisiting.


Reviewed by: azwaniecki from MD, review #818

When: 2003

Our all tartuffo (truffle) meal was very good.

Directions: Just off Piazza della Repubblica

A family-run and inexpensive trattoria where we had lunch with our friends from Germany. Three of us went for all tartuffo meal with tartuffo crostini and omelets; both very good. Another friend had steak, which he said was juicy and tasty. Also, home-made pastas. Very nice and efficient service.

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