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Mama Knows Best

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October 30, 2014 / Italian / By
Anna

This piece, which is really about a very singular restaurant in the lovely Umbrian town of Spoleto - about 30 minutes’ drive from our small town of Bevagna - begins with a story about my childhood friend Irene’s first encounter, a few years ago, with real Italian food in a restaurant owned and operated by Italian immigrants to Wellington, New Zealand. 

Irene read the menu, thought it all sounded wonderful and ordered a starter of soup, a pasta first course and a meat second. The pasta arrived and it was wonderful, but she asked the waiter (also the owner) what had happened to the soup. He checked his order pad, then turned to her and said “No zuppa for you! You have zuppa, you don’t eata your main!” The customer is always right, but only to the point where the sheer folly of the customer’s ordering leaves a responsible restauranteur no choice but to intervene and save her from herself - like any good parent would. In this case, as Irene was only too happy to admit, the waiter knew best. Soup, plus two more full courses would have been far too much.

Filipo Mattu’s wonderfully eccentric Osteria Del Matto in Spoleto is a place where the customer has no choice but to “let Chef decide” because there’s no menu. What you get is all decided by Filipo’s mother out in the kitchen, who most assuredly knows far better than you do what you will like and what is good for you. Sounds a bit freaky to the lactose intolerant, the nut-allergic, the gluten no-no-ers  and any others with unnamed dietary restrictions? Fear not - all you need to do is inform Filipo and you’ll be served according to your dietary requirements. In fact, Osteria Del Matto has acquired quite a reputation in the region for its ability to cater for people who suffer from Celiac Disease.

The courses are placed in the middle of the table, so that if there are only two of you, you share from the one plate; if a larger party, there are likely to be larger platters for between 4 and 6 diners.  The last time I dined there, we were a party of 12, so tables were joined and the courses came out on large platters in sets of 3. And the food just keeps coming and coming! Like all good things, there is an end, but many a diner has thrown up his or her hands and called “Basta!” (finished/done!) before this point has actually arrived.

Filipo himself is a great front-of-house man, with quite a gift for comedy while serving the steady array of dishes. He also speaks good English (and likely a handful of other languages as well), so don’t let any fears of not being able to communicate put you off trying this very unique and authentic Umbrian gastronomic adventure.

The restaurant itself is in Vicolo Del Mercato  - a vicolo is like an alley, or a narrow pedestrian arcade - on the left hand side of Piazza del Mercato, immediately after you enter the piazza from Via Arco di Druso. It’s a popular spot, as the reviews by its many satisfied customers on TripAdvisor testify.


Osteria Del Matto

Country: Italy

Province/State: Umbria

City: Spoleto

Address: Vicolo del Mercato, 3

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: Piazza del Mercato

Phone: (+39) 0743 225506

Website:N/A

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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