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Casa Dell’Orso  


Mountain eating.

Begin with superb zuppa di ceci e porcini (chickpea and porcini mushroom soup with homemade wide noodles, €7) with delicate fresh herbs. Or chitarrina ai funghi porcini (fresh pasta with porcini mushrooms, €8). Pork steak was grilled to perfection. Truffles, too. This wing of a converted monastery is airy, yellow and has a late 18th-century fresco of the Last Supper in the dining room. Outside are the rounded mountains in National Park della Majella. Serves lunch and dinner. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is the local red wine, several options here. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Crocetta Sant'Antonio., Palena, IT-CH Map
Tel. 0872.919.009
Closed Tuesdays


Elodia  


Camarda is nestled in Gran Sass

The serene neutral color scheme matched with attentive professional service makes for a relaxing, memorable meal. Superb cuisine has inventive flavor combinations from fresh, local ingredients. If you're in these hills, a perfect spot for stylish evening out. The table settings are lovely with fine Venetian glassware and candles. Nadia and Wilma know how to highlight local vegetables in an inventive way — it’s easy for a vegetarian to compose a tasty meal. Warm breads arrive immediately, perhaps saffron or wild fennel sticks. Try the orzo spaghetti, tinged purple with red wine sauce, cheese, and radicchio. (Most pastas run about €15.) The agnello in crosta is particularly good lamb, or choose from pork, pigeon, wild boar, a plate of cheeses, or good local beef. Antonello orchestrates the wines- to stay local sample red Cerasuolo or Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. — Judy Edelhoff

 
Camarda, Camarda, IT-AQ Map
Tel. 0862.606.219
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays


Il Caminetto Ristorante Pizzeria  


Pizza on a hill.

A simple, rustic joint with a large fireplace. Begin with their excellent mixed fried platter including cacciauova, delectable orbs of fried of cheese and grated bread. Another simple local specialty nicely contrasts bitter wild greens with sweet pork sausage. Also game, mushrooms, truffles. Good, hearty food to sustain a climb in the local 12th-century castle. House red wine is very drinkable. — Judy Edelhoff

Cash Only  
Contrada Colle Grande, 2, Roccascalegna, IT-CH Map
Tel. 0872.987.154
Closed Tuesdays


L’Angolo d’Abruzzo  


Situated along Via Tiburtina, one of the ancient Roman consular roads, this restaurant is beside Carsoli’s train station. Arrival by the slow train from Rome is an attractive option if the weather is iffy or one prefers a pre-lunch read and an after-lunch snooze. L’Angolo d’Abruzzo offers delicious cuisine and lovely service. A wide range of appetizers includes especially good fried sheep’s cheese and pumpkin flowers crisp in their light batter. The baccalà with wild greens and pink peppercorns is also excellent, as is tripe in tomato sauce. Appetizing local cheeses and cured meats are a cut above the usual. Pastas like homemade pappardelle (wide noodles) are doused with truffles or wild mushrooms when they are in season in late fall and winter. There are decadent desserts, but don’t miss the homemade biscuits served with cherry wine. Pastas range €7-12. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard, Bank Cards (Bancomat)  
Piazza Aldo Moro, 8, Carsoli, IT-AQ Map
Tel. 0863.997.429
Closed Wednesdays


Park Hotel Majella  


Hardly a boar...

During the winter meals are served only on weekends, lunch and dinner. The owner is a hunter, so game enthusiasts can enjoy wild boar, hare, or whatever he’s bagged. Decor is 1980s simple, but the splendid mountain view is especially evident at lunchtime. Open Friday through Sunday (closed weekdays) in winter. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Colle Veduta, 1, Palena, IT-CH Map
Tel. 0872.918.734/0872.918.816
Closed Mondays, Closed Tuesdays, Closed Wednesdays, Closed Thursdays


Ristorante Pizzeria La Pineta  


Mixed salumi.

Mariano Como runs a reliably good (hotel) restaurant. Start with the plate of local cheeses and salamis, including an excellent hard-to-find pork liver salami. Ravioli and gnocchi were both good and homemade. Grilled meats were excellent, especially lamb, sausage, pork. Try "poor cake" for dessert, a spongy cake layered with cream and liqueur. Small fireplace along one wall in dining room or have after-dinner drinks by the larger fireplace in the lobby. Pizza available. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine — Rocca Antica Poggiofiorito 2003 is good value. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard  
Rione Pineta, 22, Palena, IT-CH Map
Tel. 0872.918.135
Open Daily


Taverna del li Caldora  


Pacentro by night.

Caldora’s main dining room is ringed with a gallery of late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of writer Gabriele D'Annunzio’s numerous lovers, a decidedly confident and flamboyant group of women. The enclosed terrace has stone walls, a view of the mountains, and nature flows through it — an inside fountain gurgles continually with spring water, delivered in a pitcher to the table. Food is excellent, beginning with mountain specialties of fresh ricotta, aged pecorino cheese and cured meats. Seconds include local fresh vegetables, wild greens, and meat specialties, with an emphasis on lamb (costatine di agnello, fegato di agnello arrotolato, agnello 'cac e ov' — with grapes and pecorino). They have a good selection of wines and the staff serves with flair. The town of Pacentro is near Sulmona. — Judy Edelhoff

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Piazza Umberto I, 13, Pacentro, IT-AQ Map
Tel. 0864.41139
Closed Mondays, Closed Tuesdays



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