Trattoria La Grotta
Piazza Baldelli 3. Just next door to Cortona's main piazza, La Grotta is a family owned trattoria
specialising in good local food at reasonable prices. A very popular restaurant that is always crowded
with locals. To book a table, call 0575 630 271. Closed on Tuesdays.
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There are many good restaurants in the area and many ways of finding out about them. Listed below
are some in the valley and a few further afield. This does not pretend to be an authoritative guide to
dining out in the Niccone valley and beyond, but we will develop the list, hopefully with input from guests.
Please note that if the name of a restaurant listed below is underlined, then there is a website. By
clicking on the name, a link will take you directly to the site. As some sites include menus, you can plan
your meal in advance.
In no particular order the nearest local restaurants are:
La Fattoria I Girasoli Di Sant' Andrea
Molino Vitelli. Five minutes away, directly below Mazzaforte, at the bottom of the hill. The restaurant is
in the only winery in the Niccone valley. The website link above doesn't tell you much about the
restaurant, but you will learn something about the vineyard and farm. At the restaurant itself, the food
is good and there is a large outside terrace that's a great place to have lunch or dinner.
Agriturismo Ristorante Calagrana
Bastia Creti. About fifteen minutes away by car, west along the valley. Good
food and local produce, traditional Umbrian fare. Always busy, so be sure to
book in advance.
La Locanda di Nonna Gelsa
Niccone. No website unfortunately, but they do advertise on the local radio station! The restaurant is
best known for its quality meat and local specialities. To book a table, call: (075) 9410699.
No website. Located in Mercatale, west along the valley, beyond Spedalicchio. A multi-course fixed price
menu for a very reasonable price, offering good local cooking. Open every day in the summer, serving
lunch from 12:00 until 3:00, and dinner from 7:30 until 8:30. Closed on Wednesday in the winter. To
book a table, call (0575) 619 029.
Il Vecchio Granaio
Pizzeria and restaurant just beyond Calzalaro. A range of pizzas on offer, all very
reasonably priced. Family oriented atmosphere, lots of space for large groups.
There is a map of how to get there on the website. Closed on Mondays. To book a
table, call (075) 9302 322
No website. Preggio, 13, v. del Forno. Specialties include truffles and funghi porcini, cooked in a variety
of ways, polenta, risotto and mixed grilled meats. Family owned restaurant, service is personal and
informal, but sometimes a bit slow. To book a table, call (075) 941 0294.
No website. Piazza San Francesco. Mainly pizza, but other dishes as well. To book
a table, call (075) 9415744. Closed on Wednesdays.
No website. Piazza Caduti del Lavoro, 4 Umbertide. This restaurant boasts an
excellent fish based menu. Open for lunch from 12:30 until 2:15 and for dinner
from 7:30 until 10:15. To book a table, call (075) 941 1828. Closed on Mondays.
No website. Via Martiri dei Lager, 2. Family-run trattoria/pizzeria. Good food, friendly service and
reasonable prices. To book a table, call (075) 941-5873. Closed on Mondays.
Ristorante - Il Capponi
for lunch from 12:30 until 3, and for dinner from 7:30 until 10:00. To book a table, call (075) 941 3192.
No website. Located at the Umbertide/Gubbio exit of E45, Umbertide. This restaurant in the cellar of a
15th century farmhouse, is large and popular with the local residents. It serves a variety of Umbrian
specialties and offers pizzas in the evening. To book a table, call (075) 941 3085. Open seven days a
Localita San Martino 370, Cortona. One of the smartest restaurants in the area, with a wonderful
outside terrace overlooking the town. High quality rustic fare and an excellent wine list. To book a table,
go to the website or call 0575 612 679.
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