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Easter Sunday Lunch in San Terenziano

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May 8, 2016 / Italian / By
Anna

San what?

Terenziano - St Terence, for those of you who, like myself, didn’t even know that the canon of saints even had a St Terence. Now I’ll grant you that this one is a little off the beaten track; but just a little and trust me, it’s worth it. A meal at Ristorante Il Buongustaio is as authentic an Italian eating experience as you will get. And there won’t be flower-selling touts and tourists such as you encounter in Rome and Venice anywhere in sight. Just local Italians, enjoying some of the best local fare that you’re likely to find. I know that I’m getting perilously close to one of those “I’ve just found the best restaurant…” raves, so let me reassure you that there will be gems like this all over Italy. But the trick is finding them and going and trying for yourselves. That is where a bit of local knowledge, a little courage, an adventurous spirit and a Satnav app on your phone or iPad, such as Google Maps, or Apple Maps makes all the difference.

And what makes Il Buongustaio so unmissable? Ask the Italians who have staunchly kept faith with the establishment, now doing business at its third location since 1989. The other two were in nearby Giano Dell’ Umbria and San Felice respectively. Run by husband and wife team Maurizio and Maria Luisa, who hails from Peru originally, you’ll get the simple, but perfectly cooked and presented local food that has the place full every lunch-time and most nights - apart from Wednesdays, when it’s closed. Maury speaks some English and also has an English menu, so don’t be put off going if you think your Italian isn’t up to booking, ordering and paying. And the eventual bill will be a pleasant surprise, too.

I was there with two friends for Sunday lunch on Pasqua - Easter Sunday. Most restaurants have a special menu for occasions such as this, usually several courses all at a fixed price. In this case, the fixed price was 6 courses and wine for €28. Now, if that’s not a great deal, I don’t know what is. So what did this Pasqua reveller partake of?

Antipasto di Buongustaio - bruschette (toast) with a variety of toppings and preserved meats.

Risotto con Asparagi e Taleggio - that's it directly above. The asparagus is the wild, foraged variety, right in season to coincide with Easter this year. And Maurizio wasn’t shy about bringing around seconds, if your plate was empty.

Strozzapreti - a hand made pasta, literally translated as “priest-choker” or “priest-strangler”. Something to do with Italy’s long and at times fractious relationship with the church? I don’t really know, but it was flavoured with porcini mushrooms, speck (another preserved ham) and little tomatoes. And yes, seconds were on offer; I declined, because I knew there were three more courses to follow.

Agnello Spezzatino con Tartufo - a wonderfully tender and rich lamb stew, infused with black truffle.

Girandole di Maiale, ripiena al forno con patate al forno - oven roasted pork steaks with oven roasted potatoes (done rather like Provençale style; roasted in olive oil with garlic and rosemary)

Dolce Della Casa - a thankfully small portion of zuppa inglesi, (Italian take on trifle) but there were the inevitable seconds for the brave or foolhardy!

Coffee and digestivi (limoncello, amaro or grappa) to settle the juices and of course, the wine flowed freely throughout the whole afternoon. I was glad I wasn’t driving!

If you happen to be holidaying in Umbria, in the area between the major towns of Todi and Foligno, you really should ring Il Buongustaio and give it a try.

 

Il Buongustaio

Country: Italy

Province/State: Umbria

City: San Terenziano

Address: Piazza Romeo Bocchini

Zip/Post Code: 06035

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: +39 0742 930033

Website:http://www.ristoranteilbu...

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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