At this osteria (informal restaurant) in the center of Urbino, tradition reigns supreme: the menu is written in local dialect, flanked by Italian and English translations. Dishes range from the deliciously simple spaghetti col pane grattugiato (spaghetti with bread crumbs) to the temptingly rich filetto al tartufo (beef fillet with truffles).
Via S. Andrea 14, Urbino, The Marches, 61129, Italy
Nov 2, 2009
Our dinner at this restaurant was, unfortunately, our only bad experience in our 2+ weeks in Italy. The restaurant is in a charming basement-level space, cosy and candlelit. The service and food, however, did not measure up. The menu that's placed in front of the restaurant, which we relied upon in deciding to dine at Angolo Divino, is 10 years old (we were told by the helpful Romaian server), so isn't offered to customers or used for ordering.
The main server (owner?) became frustrated by my lack of Italian, and seemed to take it out on us for the rest of the evening, after I had trouble understanding her complicated offer (in Italian) to serve two pasta courses, separately, split between two people (but as there were 3 of us dining, I wasn't sure how that would work). The Romanian server was able to explain easily (in English). We were never served bread, or offered basalmic vinegar and salt with our second courses, as the other tables were. For the second course, I was able to understand everything the Italian server said, though I had to prompt her to tell us all of the second courses on offer - she initially only named 4, then came up with two others after I asked (based on seeing what others were eating). Of the main courses, though I had ordered both medium rare (in Italian), one was undercooked, the other overcooked.