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Civita Castellana: La Scuderia

Via Don Minzoni 19 , Phone: 0761 516798

Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: Doug S & Judith G from Florida, review #2465

When: 2007

This was a fixed price menu which we didn't know but ended up being the highlight meal of our trip!!!

Directions: In the carriage house on the grounds of the Relais Falisco Hotel.

This restaurant on the grounds of the Relais Falisco was the old carriage house for the palazzo that the hotel now occupies. The entrance is located in the archway leading to the hotel and opens at 8 PM.

Our hotel booked our reservation and being 2, we were seated in one of the "stalls". The restaurant converted the old stable into the most amazing decor in a restaurant I have ever seen. The stalls were set up with tables covered in white table cloths with elegant settings. The racks above the stalls once used for hay are now filled with bottles of wine just racked and racked. My estimate is about 500 bottles of wine scattered throughout the place. The troughs, which are stone, at the front of each stall also hold wine and the small 3/4 wall between each stall offers excellent privacy for dinner.

The waiter, Alessandro, is the son of the chefs who sometimes get confused when he writes orders in English. His suggestions for dinner were great and we followed his lead. Sadly, it is the only restaurant I did not make notes on but I can tell you it was the BEST meal of the entire trip and we were sorry that we waited until the last night of 7 to find this amazing restaurant. It is worth the trip even if you are not staying in Civita Castellana.

I topped off our meal with some aged grappa that I had asked about and he poured me a glass of 22 year old grappa which was as fine as any cognac I have ever tasted. We guessed what the tab would be after this fantastic meal with a bottle of wine (Est, Est, Est) and antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. My wife said 200 and I thought more like 150. We were both shocked with the prezzo fisso of 100 for the two of us!!!

If you are in the area... go here... don't question it; just go!!

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