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Restaurants in Spoleto

Apollinare  


Rich cacciofina.

Locals gather at this spot located near the 1,000-year-old Franciscan convent and across from Spoleto’s Archeological Museum. The chef puts a creative spin on traditional dishes (strangozzi alla spoletina con pomodoro, prezzemolo, peperoncino e cialde di pecorino, thick, spaghetti-style noodles with tomatoes, parsley, peppers and pecorino, and polenta with gorgonzola). Americans tend to go for the cacciofina, a cylinder with melted cheese and fresh truffles. That may be too rich a start if you plan on enjoying the meat and game dishes (pigeon and lamb) which Apollinare offers up as secondi. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via Sant’Agata, 14, Spoleto, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0743.223256
http://www.ristoranteapollinare.it/
Closed Tuesdays


Il Pentagramma  


Down home in the Pentigram.

Stone walls, cotta floors, and a wood-burning oven have made a cozy restaurant from former stables. Fiori di zucca here are light: pumpkin flowers filled with ricotta and roasted in their oven, served on a bed of tomato sauce with wild thyme. Homemade tagliatelle with a vegetable sauce was aromatically sprinkled with powdered locally grown saffron. The roast pheasant was excellent served with a sauce of its pureed innards. Closed Monday and usually for 15 days after Christmas. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Martani Tommaso, 4,6,8, Spoleto, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0743. 223141
http://www.ristorantepentagramma.com/
Closed Mondays


Osteria del Matto  


A tasty nook...

Filippo Matto lords over this fairly new trattoria (2000). Matto, which means crazy in Italian, was a once valet to Two World’s founder Gian Carlo Menotti — at his Scottish estate, no less. The food’s as dignified as the pedigree. This is a nook and a bargain basement. You more or less get what Filippo has on tap. It’s vino e cucina (as it says on the door) with clues and cues from a blackboard. There’s a fixed lunch menu with soup or pasta and a main course. Filippo doesn’t skimp for starters: friattine, stuzzichini fritti — little antipastos — then fagioli con le cotiche and bruschette con vero tartufo. On any given day the backboard is chock with this stuff before moving on to main dishes. Better still, you can stock up for under €30. — Cristina Polli

Major Credit Cards  
Via Del Mercato, 3, Spoleto, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0743.225.506
Closed Tuesdays


Osteria del Trivio  


Blood mushrooms in Spoleto.

At this friendly trattoria an inspired chef emphasizes traditional Umbrian cooking and ensures that everything is homemade. Stuffed artichokes are divine. Watch for fall delights like funghi sanguinosi, the local “bloody mushroom,” in pasta sauce or roasted. Or chicken with artichokes. For dessert, try one of the cakes or homemade biscotti for dunking in sweet wine. No written menu (changes daily depending on what is good), but the owner explains it in a number of languages. Complete meal from appetizer to dessert with house wine about €25-30. Open daily summer, in winter closed Tuesday. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via del Trivio, 16, Spoleto, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0743.44349
Open Daily


Ristorante Il Panciolle  


Making strangozzi.

The garden overlooks the great sprawling valley below. Small white beans that grow only near Lake Trasimeno are served a variety of ways: with salmon trout that has been line-fished (not that bland farm-raised variety) or with black truffles and olive oil. Strangozzi (a long pasta handmade with flour, water, and — in their version — a small amount of egg) with grated black truffle, garlic and olive oil from Trevi. Their handmade maccheroni, another Spoleto specialty, are thicker. Closed for two weeks in November. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via del Duomo, 3-5, Spoleto, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0743.45598
http://www.ristoranteilpanciollespoleto.com/
Closed Wednesdays


Tric Trac  


The Tric Trac outdoors.

Outside dining offers a dazzling view of Spoleto’s Duomo (late afternoon the sunlight strikes the gold mosaics). The hillside parade of residents and visitors makes for ongoing theater — as do the diners themselves. Try saffron-flavored pasta with fresh summer vegetables and stuffed pheasant. Other favorites: risotto with black truffles and pear salad. Antonelli’s Montefalco Rosso red wine fine-tunes the meal. Restaurant dates to 1967, when it was opened by Giuseppe D'Amelio e Spartaco Grilli, who recently opened a spot on Capri. During Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi in July, even a medieval sorcerer couldn't conjure you up a table, so reserve well ahead. Closed Wednesday in winter. — Judy Edelhoff

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Piazza Duomo, 10, Spoleto, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0743.44592
http://www.trictrac.it/
Open Daily



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