As in much of Italy, dining in Umbria is a cultural as well as a culinary experience.
There are almost too many fantastic restaurants to list, but these are some Palazzo Grande favorites.

La Taverna


Down a flight of ancient stone steps from the main square of Perugia is this casually elegant restaurant with fantastic food and wine.  The colorful owner and chef, Claudio, speaks good English and is usually there.  La Taverna promises a beautiful and memorable dining experience.  Reservations strongly recommended.



Osteria a Priori


Above a wine store near the main square in Perugia is this small restaurant dedicated to slow cooking and locally farmed ingredients.  It’s always crowded with local residents and foodies.  Reservations strongly recommended.



Ristorante del Sole


This glass-enclosed restaurant hangs over a cliff a short walk from Perugia’s main square and features beautiful views both day and night.  While not a favorite of local residents, the food is consistently good and sometimes inspired.  Reservations strongly recommended.



 L’Umbricello del Coccio


A 15 minute drive from Palazzo Grande, on country roads winding through fields of sunflowers and grapevines, is this warm, rustic restaurant in a tiny village.  Named after a local pasta variant, Umbricelli, the food is authentically Umbrian, fresh and tremendous.  Reservations recommended.



Al Battibecco


This casual but very good restaurant is located close to Palazzo Grande, near the highway.  It has an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes including tasty “primi piatti”, roasted meats and pizza. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Recommended for lunch or takeaway.



Relais Todini


A few miles from Todi is this casually elegant and sophisticated restaurant with a constantly changing seasonal menu and achingly beautiful views across vineyards to Todi.  A high quality wine list complements the menu.  Dining here is a truly memorable experience.  Reservations recommended.




At the Roccafiore Winery near Todi is this beautiful outdoor restaurant set among the winery’s vineyards.  The menu is somewhat limited and the wine is not Umbria’s best, but the food is high quality and the outdoor setting is amazing.



Casa Vissani


Between Todi and Orvieto, on the shores of Lake Corbara, is the two-star Michelin restaurant of Gianfranco Vissani, one of the most popular Italian chefs. The ambience is elegant and the cuisine highly creative, making for a unique sensory experience. Reservations must be made well in advance.  You can order à la carte or choose one of the three tasting menus, for a cost between EUR120 and EUR250 per person (excluding wine).



San Pietro a Pettine


Among the hills of Trevi is this intimate restaurant with a wonderful view. The menu is exclusively based on freshly picked truffles from the adjacent fields. The restaurant offers a tasting menu of over 10 courses for an excellent value.





This wine bar and restaurant is located in the central square of Montefalco. The cuisine is strictly local, varies according to the season, and is served with great professionalism by the staff. The pasta is always handmade and the meat is carefully selected. The wine list is extremely rich.  During good weather, sit outdoors on the square for a relaxing and memorable experience.



Tempio del Gusto


In the historic centre of Spoleto you will find this small restaurant run by chef Eros Patrizi and his wife. High level and refined Italian cuisine, made with exellent quality raw materials and a complete selection of Italian and French wines.



La Grotta


Just outside the Tuscan wine town of Montepulciano, across the street from a well-preserved Gothic cathedral, is this jewel of a restaurant with pretty outdoor garden seating.  The food is a blend of traditional and contemporary Tuscan cuisine, all prepared with great care; the local wines are well-selected; and the service is friendly and impeccable.