The Summer is over and Autumn is here. Fall is the season of amazing seasonal food. October is the month of the grape harvest and November is the month of the new olive oil. This year is a very good year, the grapes are wonderful, and the olives didn’t suffer from insects or bad weather. We’ll have fantastic olive oil and good wine this year!
The hunting season started, people are looking for truffles and mushrooms and are picking chestnuts. Fall in Umbria is an interesting gastronomic period, especially for those who love eating typical Umbrian food.
In Spoleto I went for lunch with old friends. And on a rainy Autumn day nothing is better than eating a good pasta dish: “Strangozzi” with cacio cheese, pepper and truffle. Cacio cheese is a cheese from central Italy: Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. The Strangozzi is a typical pasta from Spoleto. The Strangozzi or “Stringozzi” (the way they call it in Terni) are narrower than tagliatelle. You can eat them with truffle, spicy tomato sauce or just tomato sauce or any variety you think approriate.
We ate at restaurant 9Cento. A restaurant I didn’t know yet. At 9Cento Casual Restaurant the pasta is home made. This location is in the centre of Spoleto, plenty of locals eat there. It is intimate, comfortable and the food is good. Here you can taste typical flavors of the traditional Umbrian cuisine.
And what can be better then a nice meal accompanied with a good glass of “Trebbiano Spoletino”, a typical wine from the Spoleto area.
I can warmly recommend this restaurant to any visitors of Spoleto. Besides the Strangozzi they also prepare other good pasta and meat dishes. Just give it a try!
-post by Sylvia van der Male-