23 Best Restaurants in Umbria and the Marches, Italy

Enoteca L'Alchimista

$$ Fodor's choice

“The Alchemist" is an apt name, as the chef's transformations are magical, and everything can be paired with wines from the restaurant's extensive selection. Though pasta, veggie, and meat dishes change seasonally, the homemade gnocchi in Sagrantino wine sauce, always on offer, wins raves from guests, plus all the delicious desserts are made on the premises.

Osteria a Priori

$ Fodor's choice

This charming wine-and-olive-oil shop with a restaurant (featuring vaulted ceilings and exposed brick) tucked into the back offers up small plates using ingredients with a "zero-kilometer" philosophy: everything comes from local and artisanal Umbrian producers. Regional cheeses, homemade pastas, and slow-cooked meats steal the show, and, as might be expected, the selection of wine is top-notch.

Osteria Angolo Divino

$$ Fodor's choice

Chef Tiziano Rossetti helms this long-standing restaurant in the center of Urbino, where tradition still reigns supreme. Elegant versions of regional dishes feature lots of local ingredients, including truffles, forest mushrooms, game, and pork, along with a wine list focused on small producers from the Marche.

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Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba

$$ Fodor's choice

Hip service and sophisticated presentations attract locals, who enjoy Italian cuisine with unusual twists (think porcini mushroom risotto with blue cheese and blueberries), a nice selection of salads—unusual for an Umbrian restaurant—plus sushi options and intriguing desserts. The enthusiastic young team keep things running smoothly and the energy high.

Pane & Vino

$$ Fodor's choice

This charmingly rustic restaurant in Todi’s historic center specializes in “dishes of the past” made from local ingredients. Choose from a fine selection of meat and cheese antipasti, house-made pastas and soups, and hearty meat dishes—accompanied by truffles in season—along with tempting daily specials, served with well-priced wines from a comprehensive list.

Via Augusto Ciuffelli 33, Todi, Umbria, 06059, Italy
Known For
  • focus on organic products from small producers
  • fabulous selection of wines from across Italy
  • friendly, knowledgeable service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed.

Ristorante Apollinare

$$ Fodor's choice

Low wooden ceilings and flickering candlelight make this monastery from the 10th and 11th centuries Spoleto's most romantic spot; in warm weather, you can dine under a canopy on the piazza. The kitchen serves sophisticated, innovative variations on local dishes, including long, slender strengozzi pasta with such toppings as cherry tomatoes, mint, and a touch of red pepper or (in season) porcini mushrooms or truffles.

Taverna del Lupo

$$ Fodor's choice

One of the city's most famous taverns has a menu that includes such indulgences as lasagna made in the Gubbian fashion, with ham and truffles, and the suprema di faraono (guinea fowl in a delicately spiced sauce); save room for the excellent desserts. The restaurant also has two fine wine cellars and an extensive wine list.

Antica Trattoria San Lorenzo Simone Ciccotti


Both the food and the service are outstanding at this popular small, brick-vaulted eatery next to the Duomo. Particular attention is paid to adapting traditional Umbrian cuisine to the modern palate, and there's also a nice variety of seafood dishes on the menu, both à la carte and in good-value tasting menus—the pacchero (pasta with smoked eggplant, cod, and scampi) is a real treat.

Buca di San Francesco


In summer, dine in a cool green garden; in winter, under the low brick arches of the cozy cellars. The unique settings and the first-rate (though straightforward) fare make this central restaurant one of Assisi's busiest; try the namesake homemade spaghetti alla buca, served with a roasted mushroom sauce.

Via Eugenio Brizi 1, Assisi, Umbria, 06081, Italy
Known For
  • cozy atmosphere
  • historical surroundings
  • warm and welcoming service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and 10 days in late July

Dal Mi' Cocco


Favored by Perugia's university students, this casual spot with vaulted ceilings is fun, crowded, and inexpensive. Fixed-price meals change with the season and include starters, pasta, a main meat course, and dessert; each day of the week brings some new creation dal cocco (from the "coconut," or head) of the chef.

Il Tartufo


As the name indicates, dishes prepared with truffles are the specialty here—don't miss the risotto al tartufo. Incorporating the ruins of a Roman villa, the surroundings are rustic on the ground floor and more modern upstairs; in summer, tables appear outdoors, and the traditional fare is spiced up to appeal to the cosmopolitan crowd attending (or performing in) the Festival dei Due Mondi.

Piazza Garibaldi 24, Spoleto, Umbria, 06049, Italy
Known For
  • recipes incorporating truffles
  • charming staff
  • abundant portions, well presented
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and early Jan.–early Feb. No dinner Sun., Reservations essential

Il Tempio del Gusto


In charming shabby-chic environs, this welcoming eatery near the Arco di Druso (ancient Roman arch) serves up Italian with a subtle twist. Along with an extensive selection of thoughtfully chosen Umbrian wines, you'll find lots of veggie options, mounds of truffles in season, and, to finish things off, a superlative version of Spoleto sponge cake.

Via Arco di Druso 11, Spoleto, Umbria, 06049, Italy
Known For
  • flavorful Umbrian cuisine
  • friendly atmosphere
  • quaint setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Thurs.

La Fornarina


Locals often crowd this small, two-room trattoria near the Piazza della Repubblica. The specialty is meaty country fare, such as coniglio (rabbit) and vitello alle noci (veal cooked with walnuts) or ai porcini (with mushrooms); there's also a good selection of pasta dishes.

Via Mazzini 14, Urbino, The Marches, 61029, Italy
Known For
  • excellent starters
  • welcoming atmosphere
  • hospitable staff

Le Grotte del Funaro


Dine inside tufa caves under central Orvieto, where the two windows afford splendid views of the hilly countryside. The traditional Umbrian food is reliably good, with simple grilled meats and vegetables and pizzas—oddly, though, the food is outclassed by an extensive wine list, with top local and Italian labels and quite a few rare vintages.

Via Ripa Serancia 41, Orvieto, Umbria, 05018, Italy
Known For
  • unusual setting
  • crusty pizzas
  • good choice of wines
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and 10 days in July, Reservations essential

Ristorante Bar San Francesco


An excellent view of the Basilica di San Francesco from the covered terrace is just one reason to patronize this traditional restaurant, where Umbrian dishes are made with aromatic locally grown herbs. Menus change seasonally and include a fine selection of pastas and mains; appetizers and desserts are also especially good.

Ristorante Grotta dell'Angelo


In summer, the handful of outdoor tables are in high demand at this rustic trattoria, which is situated in a hotel of the same name at the lower part of the old town near the main square. The menu features simple local specialties, including capocollo (a type of salami), stringozzi (Umbrian wheat pasta), and lasagna tartufata (with truffles).

Via Gioia 47, Gubbio, Umbria, 06024, Italy
Known For
  • reasonable prices
  • good antipasti and grilled meats
  • homey atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Jan. 7–Feb. 7

Ristorante Il Panciolle


A small garden filled with lemon trees in the heart of Spoleto's medieval quarter provides one of the most appealing settings you could wish for. Dishes, which change throughout the year, might include pastas served with asparagus or mushrooms, as well as grilled meats; more expensive dishes prepared with fresh truffles are also available in season.

Via del Duomo 3/5, Spoleto, Umbria, 06049, Italy
Known For
  • authentic local cuisine
  • affable staff
  • panoramic terrace
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. Sept.–Mar.

Ristorante La Rosetta


The dining room of the hotel of the same name is a peaceful, elegant spot to get away from the bustle of central Perugia; in winter you dine inside under medieval vaults, and in summer, in the cool courtyard. The food is simple but reliable, and flawlessly served.

Ristorante La Taverna


Medieval steps lead to a rustic two-story space where wine bottles and artful clutter decorate the walls. The regional menu features lots of delicious homemade pastas and grilled meats prepared by chef Claudio and served up in substantial portions, plus generous shavings of truffle in season.

Ristorante Maurizio


Off a busy pedestrian street near the Duomo, this welcoming, family-owned restaurant has an ultra contemporary look but is actually housed in a 14th-century medieval building with arched ceilings. The Martinelli family's own products, including balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and pasta, are used in their robustly flavored dishes, and you can also sample their well-regarded Montefalco wines.

Ristorante Umbria


Todi's most popular restaurant for more than four decades is reliable for its sturdy country food and the wonderful view from its terrace; because it has only 16 tables outside, make sure you reserve ahead. In winter, try lentil soup, risotto with saffron and porcini mushrooms, or wild boar with polenta; steaks, accompanied by a rich dark-brown wine sauce, are good any time of year.

Via San Bonaventura 13, Todi, Umbria, 06059, Italy
Known For
  • traditional Umbrian dishes
  • terrific vista from terrace
  • friendly atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and 3–4 wks in Jan. and Feb.

Trattoria La Grotta


The vaulted, plant-filled dining area—where white walls are adorned with paintings, antique vases, and other knickknacks—makes a congenial setting for this small, rustic-style trattoria, which is lauded for its homemade pasta, perhaps with an artichoke, duck, or wild-boar sauce. Roast lamb, veal, and pork are all also good, and the desserts are supplied by Orvieto's most eminent pasticceria (pastry shop).

Trattoria Pallotta Assisi


At this homey, family-run trattoria with a crackling fireplace and stone walls, the women do the cooking and the men serve the food; try the strangozzi alla pallotta (thick spaghetti with a pesto of olives and mushrooms). Connected to the restaurant is an inn whose eight rooms have firm beds and some views across the rooftops of town.

Vicolo della Volta Pinta 3, Assisi, Umbria, 06081, Italy
Known For
  • traditional local dishes
  • delicious meat plates, including pigeon and rabbit
  • fast and courteous service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.