Terni is in the southern part of Umbria. It is the smaller of the two provinces in the region Umbria and a modern, dynamic city, rebuilt after the Second World War.
Terni now is a culinary destination with many trendy bars and restaurants. The busiest area is Via Cavour and Via Roma. Every weekend the streets are filled with people eating and drinking outside.
In Via Cavour is restaurant La Piazzetta, offering local and seasonal cuisine. The menu and wine list change every season. In this restaurant is a good vibe, La Piazzetta has the right atmosphere and ambiance to have a nice lunch or dinner with your family and friends. The food and wine they offer are really outstanding!
Federico is the owner of restaurant La Piazzetta. I have known him for some years now. In 2012 I organized a festival with my friend from Terni, Marco, to promote the region Umbria. Umbriabeecoming was meant to attract more visitors and tourists in Umbria. For the promotion of this region we’ve organized several Umbrian wine tastings and presentations in Holland together with the Italian society Dante Alighieri.
It wasn’t the first time I had dinner at La Piazzetta. The authentic pasta dish “ciriole” with black local truffle remains one of my favorite Umbrian dishes. The home made pasta they serve is excellent and absolutely worth trying.
On the website of Tripadvisor you can read the reviews from restaurant La Piazzetta. This restaurant is really recommended when you’re in Terni!
Maybe the wine production in Umbria is limited but the wine itself is excellent. The prices are good, Umbria is a great place for wine lovers! Orvieto’s white wines and the Montefalco Sagrantino wines are some of Italy’s best known wines.
This time we headed out to the south of Umbria, cantina Ponteggia in San Gemini. A place close to the city of Terni and the Marmore Waterfalls. Together with Umbriabeecoming we organized a wine tasting-lunch event.
Corado is a wine sommelier, and he guided us through the wine making process, from the grapes in the field to the bottled wines. We learned about the different plants, the process of wine making and had a glimpse at the cellar with the oak barrels where the better wines are kept.
After the tour we had lunch combined with wine tasting.
Years ago, the owners of the Cantina Ponteggia decided to give their wines names of relatives: Anita (white wine), Eva (rosé), Beatrice (red sangiovese wine) and Lorenzo (red Cabernet wine).
The menu consisted of an antipasto of bruschette and different cold cuts followed by spaghetti carbonara (pasta with eggs, guanciale-speck, pepper and pecorino cheese). After the primo we had some cheeses and homemade tozzetti combined with the Cabernet Sauvignon “Lorenzo”. Delightful!
Cantina Ponteggia near Terni is a wonderful winery. It offers breathtaking views over the vineyard, the hills and all the surroundings. It was a fun and enjoyable experience for us and for our guests. It is a great opportunity to experience Umbria in a different way!
-posted by Sylvia van der Male-