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Alchimista: the Best Restaurant in Montefalco

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June 19, 2014 / Italian / By
Anna

Alchimista is a small restaurant situated in one corner of the central piazza in Montefalco. It is a very attractive piazza with fine buildings, and vaulted walkways. During the summer, the tables are set out under umbrellas giving an uninterrupted view of the piazza. In the winter, the main dining room is one level below ground as is often the case in Umbria and Tuscany. It is warm, cosy and very welcoming in the cold and continues to be well patronised.

This is a family run restaurant. Mama, Patrizia, is the chef, Papa takes the money and Christina opens wine and generally holds it all together. If you need help, she speaks some English. The menu is also in both Italian and English although it never sounds as delicious in English. Pasta fatto a mano is so much more enticing than handmade pasta.

The food is sensational. Patrizia presides over a small kitchen, which you can glance into if you go to the bathroom as they are both down the stairs. She has a light touch, so even the lasagna is delicate, more like a porcini-flavored pancake than pasta. But I have raced ahead. 

One dish the tall guy and I always order is Barbozza (thinly sliced bacon cooked in red wine and sage). We usually share it. The Primi (starters) menu is extensive offering cold and warm starters. Anything with zucchini flowers is worth eating and will be great if stuffed with ricotta and better still with anchovies. 

 

A platter of local salami, prosciutto and melon slices is a suitable size to share. I tend to find that a platter of cheeses and honey is too heavy as a starter, but I have at least one friend who adores cheese and has no trouble beginning her meal this way. If you want to try a lot of different things, you can ask for broad selection of starters rather than having a pasta or a main. This is good with a chilled white wine on a hot day.

 

I seldom manage to eat something from each section of the menu, especially in summer. So a starter and a pasta is usually enough. In winter I have the difficult task of deciding between a pasta dish or a meat dish. The gnocchi are light pillows of potato and flour.

Meat dishes tend to be pork, chicken or veal and accompanied by some form of vegetable. Extra vegetable or salad can be ordered. Everything tastes delicious, so there is no possibility of making the wrong decision.

If we dally long enough, I might be able to manage a chocolate fondant, a light cake filled with hot chocolate served with gelato. 

 

There is an extensive wine list featuring local wineries such as Caprai and Antonelli. All worth a try. In winter, a Scacciadiavoli red is a winner.

In the summer, this restaurant is packed every lunch and dinner. Booking is essential. If you get a chance, try it.

 

Alchimista

Country: Italy

Province/State: Umbria

City: Montefalco

Address: Piazza del Commune 14

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: Central piazza at the top of the hill

Phone: +39742378558

Website:http://www.montefalcowine...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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