Orvieto is yet another beautiful village set high on the hills of Umbria. We took the funicular up to the very top and began to explore this lovely place. The sun was shining and the air was perfect.
We strolled about for an hour and checked out the shops that were full of ceramics and specialties from Umbria. We noticed that there are many shops that have special pastas, truffles and wild boar products. It is a great place to buy any of these items.
After our free time of sightseeing and enjoying the views, we were escorted to a lovely trattoria that was complete with a wood-fired oven. We were served in a sort of cave in the mountain that in ancient times, was a rope-making shop. The stone walls were shiny and smooth from years of service. The hooks to begin the weaving of ropes were still drilled into the ancient rock walls.
We began our “light lunch” with an Orvieto sweet white wine and bruschetta (toasted bread drizzled with olive oil) and a type of pizza bread that was lightly salted and drizzled with rich olive oil. We savored this and then continued to another, drier white wine and a wild boar pate, truffle tapenade and wild boar bacon with a balsamic drizzle.
All of this was served on toasted traditional bread. The next dish was a fresh pasta served with cream and black truffles grated into the cream sauce. That was served with a full-bodied red wine from the region… Oh, how divine!
After a bit of a breather, dessert arrived in the form of a mascarpone whipped shortbread that was drizzled in dark chocolate sauce.
It was once again, a meal that was beyond our expectations in all ways! The wine from these regions are wonderful and we can only dream of such full-bodied and deep-rooted wines in North America one day…
Have you been to Orvieto before? Tell us about it in the comments!