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Citta di Castello: Ristorante Pulcinella

via dei Pini 5L, Riosecco , Phone: 075.852.3285

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Decobabe from Italy, review #1806

When: 2006

Good value restaurant serving delicious fish in Umbria.

Directions: Take the road north toward Sansepolcro/San Giustino, and immdieately after passing Cross Mall and over the bridge, take the first right and you will see the sign at the end of that 2 block street pointing right.

Umbria loves fish. Some Neapolitan girls have decided to help satisfy this love in a new residential area outside the city walls of Città di Castello.

The restaurant is small, but they welcome larger groups with a reservation. I think the total seating is about 50 people. The interior is simple and pleasant with linen cloths and comfortable chairs, and the welcome is as warm as your command of Italian allows.

This menu includes fish not often found at other venues around here. If you want to be sure to have lobster/aragosta, best call ahead, but they had it the day I was there. I found the prices very good for a landlocked area, and the fish very fresh and good. I looked at the plates around me and there really was a stunning variety. There are several mixed plates available, but since I don't eat the various forms of octopus and squid, I asked for a mixture without them. I ate a grilled plate of four different kinds of shrimps. They were all excellent. The salad was one of the better versions of green salad I have had in Italy, with a generous serving of a variety of seasonal greens. One of the breads served was a salty and crispy Campanian bread and they happily served me some more when my enthusiasm for salted bread outran the supply!

I drank the house white wine, which was from Campania that day, but the wine list, if you are in company, is wide enough for any of the fish and meat choices they offer. Since I lunched alone, it wasn't possible to sample lots of things, but clever handling of fish is hard to come by, and this kitchen can do it.

I had the grilled shrimps, a salad, wine, water and that great bread for €20 all inclusive. I'll certainly go back and take friends so we can adventure a bit further into both the foods and the wines.

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