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Spoleto: Osteria Del MattoVicolo Del Mercato, 3
Reviewed by: Goldengate from CA, review #1813
We loved this restaurant the first time we went for lunch, but were disappointed when we returned for dinner.
From the exterior to the interior to the owner (especially the owner), you couldn't ask for more character. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch the first time we visited this restaurant. You don't order, the owner just brings out small plates of food. The highlight is his mother's pasta which is wonderful. My only complaint was that I wanted more, glutton that I am. I believe by the end, we had had 5 or 6 small courses, all very different from what you get in most typical Umbrian restaurants which was nice for a change. Lunch for the two of us was 40 euros including wine which I thought was a great price.
We liked our lunch so much we decided to return for dinner. The dinner was very disappointing. The main reason we returned was for the pasta that we had for lunch, but that was not being served. Instead we had several courses in a row of deep fried items which were very heavy and tasted about the same.
Our friends who we went with had been there for dinner several times before and were surprised how disappointing is was so perhaps this is not the norm.
Another thing I will say is that if you are looking for a large portions of heaping pasta and meat, this is not the place for you. The courses are small, some times more of a taste than a course.
Reviewed by: Henry Schulte from KS, review #1209
€15 per person for 9 plates of antipasta, primo and dessert. The excellent food is only surpassed by the enthusiasm of the owner.
Directions: About 50 feet up an alley in the middle of Piazza Mercanto
Lunch at Osteria del Matto was an all day affair. Fillipo, the owner, brought picture books of Umbria and Spoleto to the table for us to review until the antipasta arrived. He then began to bring the antipasta. With each dish he told us the Italian name and why it was called that. Then he explained exactly what it was made of. I counted nine seperate plates of antipasti; I might have missed one.
Next came the primo then dessert. All this at 15 euro per person. Everything was very good and Filipo was enthusiastic about his food and town. Lunch took three hours and it was a great experience.
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