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Orvieto: Trattoria La Grotta

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Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: rkorchid from NH, review #2210

When: 2006

Delicious Umbrian food in a moderately priced restaurant

Directions: The street is a right hand turn about halfway between the Corso Cavour and the Duomo (going towards the Duomo). The restaurant is on the left in the first block.

La Grotta, photo by

Three of us had lunch in this charming restaurant in Orvieto. We had made a reservation and were the first to be seated at 12:30. By the time we left it was packed.

To start two of us shared a plate of prosciutto and melon. The third had tasty boar salami. The melon was one of the freshest and sweetest we had ever tasted.

One of us also enjoyed a wonderfully fresh green salad. There was more than enough for the three of us to share.

We went directly to secundi. Two of us had a very tasty pigeon with olive sauce. And the third had a superb baccala in umido. The owner was delighted I had ordered the baccala and kept asking if I enjoyed it. I certainly did.

To finish we panna cotta with a sauce of fresh berries and tiramisu. Both were classically good.

With the meal we enjoyed one of the finest bottles of Orvietio I have ever experienced. It was a classico superiore and had more flavor than any other I have had. We drank a half bottle of a red Murbino with the pigeon. This is not a wine I am familar with but it was from the area. The wine list is excellent with many local offerings at reasonable prices.

The meal with wine, grappa, and one coffee came to 100.


Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1492

When: 2005

Go for the best minestrone soup you'll ever taste!

Moderately priced restaurant, not far from the Duomo with a homey feel and friendly service. Decent house wine for 13E, total bill for lunch for 8 people was 174E, including copeto of 2E each and a service charge of 10E.

Nice ambience, a local feel (though a large British tour group was there at the time) and good food. I had a tasty chicken and peppers dish, others had saugage and beans and various pasta dishes. Everyone was happy. The star dish was the minestone soup. It was outstading and the owner told us the restaurant was known for it. I'd be happy to go back.


Reviewed by: Jean from MI, review #797

When: 2004

Great food, great service! A real find!

Directions: Down a side street a few blocks from the Duomo.

We were searching for a different restaurant for lunch while in Orvieto and ran across Trattoria la Grotta. It was a wonderful place for lunch, and the food and service were excellent. We shared the antipasto misto which was enough for both of us. My husband loved the gnocchi with asparagus... yum! Highly recommend!

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