After a several hour shopping trek in Deruta, my husband and I asked a local shopkeeper for a lunch recommendation. He responded by asking us, "Do you have time or do you have to rush off?" We said we had time. He suggested L'Antico Forziere, just a couple of km from where we were, and that if we went there, we would want to return again and again. Wow, what a great two hours we spent at this lovely ristorante. A picturesque and historic setting, a 400 year old building, where the lower level is where you can enjoy a truly delicious dining experience in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
So pretty when we walked in. Nice regional wine list, interesting menu with lovely combinations, it was difficult to choose. The scallops for antipasti were cooked perfectly, crisp outer side yet they achieved that melt-in-your-mouth with a mousse that was divine. I chose the tuna and my husband the pork. The pork was uniquely plated and paired with greens and a pineappley addition which created the perfect combo of crunch and flavor. The tuna was seared beautifully alongside a geometric grouping of green beans and veges. The cinnamon creme brûlée with wine-drenched pear brought all these flavors together in a wonderful way, the presentation almost too beautiful to eat alongside the expertly created spun sugar decorations. We devoured it.
Our waiter was so friendly, and let us enjoy our wonderful lunch here undisturbed. Thank you to this wonderful family owned restaurant. We will be back....again and again.
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