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Orvieto: Tipica Trattoria Etrusca

Via Lorenzo Maitani, 10 , Phone: 0763.344016
Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Mike&Deb East Pete from USA, review #3015

When: 2008

Excellent food, attentive service, affordable prices. We've eaten there five times in three trips.

Directions: One block from the cathedral, Via L. Maitani 10.

This restaurant was recommended to us by the staff at our hotel, Hotel Duomo. We've eaten there five times in three trips and look forward to going back again and again.

Just over an hour from Rome by train, Orvieto is a great place to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy Signorelli's beautiful frescos in the cathedral.

The signature dish is umbichelli con tartuffe bianci, a fresh, house-made local pasta in white truffle sauce. The noodles are a kind of hand made spaghetti, slightly irregular in shape because they are made by hand, not forced through a press. Our waiter, Averino, delivered it to the table but before placing it before us he took a white truffle from a jar and shaved an amazing amount of it over the dish. The scent of the truffle was delicious but that was only the beginning. Rich yet light and wonderfully satisfying, my wife has enjoyed this dish five times.

Umbrichelli is featured in another dish, topped with a fresh vegetable-based sauce, which I have enjoyed twice and would happily order again. The service is attentive without being stifling. Courses are served in the typically leisurely Italian pace, allowing time between to prepare for the next. We can also recommend the chef's appetizer sampler and the local soups. Portions are generous and our hosts made sure we had the opportunity to taste their best dishes. Complimentary vin santo, grappa and limoncello capped the meals.

In our visits we have enjoyed meeting the owners, the chefs and the wait staff, all of whom treated us like family. We prize this restaurant so highly that we arranged to stay our last night in Orvieto, just so we could have our last meal here. That meant getting up at 4:30 a.m. to catch a train at 6:05 (for an 11:15 flight from Fiumicino). We plan on doing it again.

Our Italian dining experiences run the gamut from the small, family-style-just-outside-the-kitchen places known to the locals to the more formal, upscale white table cloth places listed by the guidebooks. Tipica Trattoria Etrusca is the one we remember the most.

If you are fortunate enough to be traveling through Tuscany, it is well worth arranging your itinerary to visit Orvieto and to have dinner here. As of this writing, trains depart Orvieto for Rome as late as 11:30 p.m. so there is plenty of time. Be sure to tell them "Mike & Debbie from Pennsylvania sent us".

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2087

When: 2006

Our favorite place for a nice meal in Orvieto. Close to the Duomo with very good food, good service, and a warm welcome whenever we return.

Directions: Just a block from the Duomo on the street that runs into the piazza directly in front of it

This is our favorite spot in Orvieto. We've been for lunch or dinner (including both in one day on a visit last year) whenever we've been in town and they always seem to remember us and to welcome us warmly. On our recent visit, nearly every member of the staff made a point of stopping by our table to welcome us back.

On this visit we started with the "fantasia dello chef", a nice mixed antipasto plate, and an excellent carpaccio covered in thinly sliced mushrooms and rocket. They also have a very good starter of fava bean puree on crostini. We really struggle with the pasta choices here because they all are so good. This time I had umbrichelli with a black truffle sauce. Other good choices include those with sauces of porcini, sliced truffles, cinghiale, and rabbit. The gnocchi is also very good. Secondi include the usual Tuscan/Umbrian meats, mostly grilled, including cinghiale, rabbit, and various scallopine. On this visit Kim had the scottaditti (small lamb chops) which were very flavorful but not as tender as on other visits.

Desserts are homemade and very good, though we skipped them this time around. The wine list includes some nice local Orvieto Classico, of course, as well as a nice selection of wines from Tuscany and Umbria. We had an excellent bottle of Orvieto Classico from Decugnano dei Barbi, one of our favorite producers.

Because of its location, the customers are mainly tourists, though I do usually hear at least some Italian spoken. Service is always excellent and friendly. Prices are moderate. Two starters, one pasta, one secondi, wine, water, and coffee ran us 70 on this visit, but 16 of that was the wine.

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