Just here in our main piazza is a splendid restaurant, Ristorante San Giorgio. Elegant. The food is the best in town. We have been eating there since before we moved to Umbertide. They always begin with a plate of ”gifts” from the chef. When we go the food is always excellent.
But, we have not been since last year. Why? you may ask…since it is so good…do you not go more often? It is because they don’t change their menu — EVER. They do not have seasonal menus. They never have a special. The gifts from the chef never vary. They even got a brand new chef when they reopened after Covid. I was excited to see what changes she would make. Well, exactly none. I suppose the owner must think if you’ve got a good thing then don’t mess with it. It is Michelin rated bib-gourmand.
To me, half the fun of eating out is seeing and trying the new and seasonal things the chef has created. It keeps me coming back. I would become really bored if I cooked there. Since it has been a year, at least, since we went, I think we will go back soon. And if you ever visit Umbertide, do give it a try. It is a special restaurant for sure, if you don’t eat there too often. You must reserve, and it is open for lunch and dinner and it is closed Tuesdays. Here’s San Giorgio at night, across from our apartment. Romantic!
Oh no! You never did, that’s so interesting. I wish I had a time machine to go back and see how things were around here. It is an excellent place to eat – occasionally!
I’ve eaten there a few times. It’s excellent. I don’t know if I mentioned it’s also my great grandparents old butcher shop
Hi Sandi, yes, it can be an exceptional experience. I’m glad you and Mark liked it. I still like it too, and I hope that came through in the post.. .But for the reasons I noted, only every so often.
Hi Bill. I know what you mean. It is kind of an left-handed complement. It really is good if you’re oK with no changes. I do recommend it for visitors. Some people like that . . . me, I like changes.
Thanks Matt, and thanks for recommending this artist. I see what you mean. He does a lot of low light photos. Very evocative. I had to fiddle with my camera and settings to get this. You can see it best if you click it as it is so dark.
When I house sat for you and Luther some years ago, I had one of the best dining experiences ever at this wonderful restaurant. It was so good that I took Mark (my husband) there so that he could try the Parmesan filled raviolis with asparagus pieces and a Parmesan sauce. The the dessert: White chocolate “soup” with berries floating in it. Wonderful!
Hmmm…Nancy that, I must say, is an interesting endorsement for this restaurant
Nancy – That is a terrific photo. Not sure how you did it, but it reminds me of a Gregory Crewdson. Very evocative! If you’re not familiar with his work, a Google image search will give you hundreds.