Umbria Blog | Meeting our Belgian friends

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.

Le Scalette Restaurant in Umbria

The owners of restaurant Le Scalette

Address of restaurant Le Scalette:
Osteria Le Scalette
Via XXV Aprile, 24
Castiglione del Lago (Perugia)
Umbria
tel. +39075953113

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!

A good restaurant in Montone, Umbria

Montone maintains a typical medieval atmosfere. This wonderful hilltop village in the North of Umbria must be one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy. From its ancient walls one can admire the green surroundings and wonderful nature. Montone is a small peace of heaven and for those who love walking, food and culture, this village is the place to be. Montone is 100% Umbria guaranteed.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Montone Umbria

Close to Montone we rent elegant holiday houses with swimming pool and tennis court: Montone Rental. On a Sunday afternoon I decided to have lunch in Montone and Filippo, the owner of the property, suggested to eat in this typical Umbrian restaurant in the historical centre: Osteria dei Sensi – Tipico Montone. The regional products they offer are of high quality and the service is fantastic.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

I had a friendly welcome by the waitress. Inside the restaurant the atmosphere and decor are cosy and lovely. One finds a large selection of Umbrian wines, olive oils, different kinds of honey and a dried ham of Norcia ready to be cut in slices with a sharp knife. Very typical!

In general the Umbrian cuisine is similar everywhere, but still you will never eat the same pasta dish. The menu differs and a good cook is able to give its own flavour.

Paolo, the owner of this restaurant, helped me through the menu and brought me two different kinds of Umbrian olive oil to taste. He is 100% “umbro” and he explained each typical dish. It was not easy to make a decision but I always prefer to eat the daily dishes recommended by the chef, rather then choose from the menu myself.

As a starter I chose the Chianina carpaccio, and as main dish the bringoli with wild asperges from the area. Bringoli is a local pasta from North Umbria, comparable with thick spaghetti.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

A good glass of red Umbrian wine was the best choice to combine with the meat and pasta. The wine came from Montefalco, it was a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and an other type of grape from which I have forgotten the name. Very good!

The taste of the Chianina carpaccio was delicate, it melted in my mouth. The Chianina cow is typical from this area: Lake Trasimeno, Cortona, Montepulciano and North Umbria. The dressing was pure, only with salt, peper and Umbrian olive oil, the “Moraiolo”, which I love most. The pasta instead was cooked al dente and the asparagus sauce was delightful.

A very good choice in Montone; I enjoyed the dishes I ordered and the service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant when you’re in Umbria.

To share this wonderful experience with our guests in Umbria, the owner Paolo is delighted to welcome you with a free glass of typical Umbrian spumante. During your lunch or dinner Paolo will be your host. What should you do? Make a reservation directly with Paolo by calling him on his mobile phone +393383608754 or by sending him an email: osteria@tipicomontone.it. He speaks English. Just let him know that you’re our guest.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Enjoy the Umbrian cuisine at restaurant “Osteria dei Sensi”.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Montone Rental, holiday rental near Montone: Elegantly furnished holiday apartments with tennis court and swimming pool close to the medieval village Montone. The views are breathtaking.

“We had a great week in Montone. The apartment is nice, wonderful garden and the owners (Filippo and parents) are friendly and helpful”.

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