One of the best places to find fresh fruit in Italy is the local market. There are many street markets in Umbria. Vendors set up shop to sell super fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and cold cuts. Every week in every town or village there’s a local market. The products one finds at the market are various. Not only food, but also clothing and footwear.
Most open air markets start around 7:30 am and finish at 1:00 pm. It is recommended to go early to the market, especially in high season when market places are crowded with tourists.
At the lively market residents purchase fresh food of the region. Eating seasonally and locally is a way of life in Italy.
In Umbria at every corner of the market one can buy pecorino cheese, salami or dried ham. Pecorino is sheep cheese which can be eaten fresh or aged (stagionato). Pecorino cheese is popular in Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany.
On the market square one often finds a bar or a pizza takeway for a coffee and a quick chat with friends and neighbours. This is so tipically Italian!
Porchetta is roasted pork meat and an Italian street food best found in Umbria, South Tuscany and Lazio. The porchetta trucks are mostly parked in the piazza’s during the weekly markets. The owners of the truck prepare and sell porchetta sandwiches to customers.
For an overview of markets in Umbria you can check out our website. Many markets in Umbria are really awesome. Do you have a favorite market place in Umbria? Let us know!
Each year at the end of October Città di Castello celebrates the white truffle with a market dedicated to this precious delicacy. From October 28 to November 1, 2016 was the 37th edition of this truffle market, Il Tartufo Bianco. One sells not only white truffle from Umbria but also delicacies from other regions in Italy like herbs, Sicilian cannoli, olives from Puglia and much more, often accompanied by local wines.
Città di Castello is a lovely town, situated 50 km north from Perugia. In the historical center one find tiny streets and a pleasant square with bars and cafés.
North Umbria is known for its white and black truffle. I find truffle one of the best ingredients in my food, hence I often use truffle for pasta sauce, in risotto or for meat dishes. Truffle sauces are not made with only truffles, but are mixed with different flavors.
Black truffles, and especially white truffles, aren’t cheap. Bruno from Giuliani Tartufi explains us in this video that they sell the best truffles for an attractive price. Feel free to visit their website for more information!
Last year I’ve met some families from Belgium who stay in Montone, Umbria @ Montone Rental. It is one of their favorite holiday destinations in Italy. This agriturismo has a total of 5 rental units with shared pool, barbecue and tennis court.
In August 2015 we went together for a wine tasting in Montepulciano where we drank a few glasses of quality wines before eating at the sagra in a small village close to Montepulciano, Tuscany. A wonderful experience.
On a Wednesday during their holiday they always come to Castiglione del Lago for the local market and for some fishing along the lake. Also this time I’ve made a reservation for them at the restaurant Le Scalette. In this restaurant especially the local fish cuisine is delicious!
It is a real family restaurant “Le Scalette”. The mamma is the chef cook and the son and daughter in law do the rest at the restaurant. When you’re around don’t forget to pass by for a lunch or dinner. Really recommended!
The owners of Le Scalette are from Castiglione del Lago. They are more than friendly. They told me that Le Scalette was mentioned in one of most important restaurant guides of the world: Routard. I can’t remember the edition, 2015 or 2016, but this guide is comparable with the Michelin guide for restaurants.
The owners of restaurant Le Scalette
Address of restaurant Le Scalette:
Osteria Le Scalette
Via XXV Aprile, 24
Castiglione del Lago (Perugia)
My Belgian friends enjoyed their holiday in Umbria, and I enjoyed meeting them in Castiglione del Lago for the second time. One year has passed by… already!
Watch this interview with Steven about Umbria, Villa in Umbria and Montone Rental. During their holiday they went to Gubbio, Assisi but also to Fano at the Adriatic coast. As you can see, there is so much to explore in and around Umbria!