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“A Ristorante to Come Back to......Again and Again!”

Ristorante L'Antico Forziere
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Deruta
Price range: US$34 - US$51
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: CLOSED ON MONDAY In their warm manner the Rodella family welcomes guests into this ancient building where huge beams, brick arches and wonderful views all lend a special atmosphere. Garden with its flowers and scents and the picturesque swimming pool overlook the wide Tiber River valley. Restaurant offers a blend of traditional and creative cooking resulting in mouth-watering dishes that complement perfectly the atmospheric dining room or the summer terrace for lunch or for dinner by candlelight.
Reviewed October 13, 2018

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.

Date of visit: October 2018
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SMLR78, Proprietario at Ristorante L'Antico Forziere, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Thank you again for the lunch in our restaurant and thank you very much for your wonderful review. We appreciated very much your beautiful words about our restaurant and we hope every time in Umbria you will always remember and reccomend L'Antico Forziere for a short break for lunch or dinner.

Best regards,
Samuele

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Reviewed October 12, 2018

This restaurant is a real bargain and the most complex of the 5 restaurants we visited while in the area. The building is beautiful as is the dining room. The waitstaff is very professional. I understand the comments that it should have a star - the presentations are very complicated, almost geometrical. I would prefer a little more taste and a little less presentation. The memorable dishes we had were pork (in little bite sized portions) with VERY crispy skin and swordfish. I expected a swordfish steak with a thoughtful sauce but also got little bites with little circles of vegetable purees. As mentioned, the price was low for the level of presentation, service and setting.

Date of visit: October 2018
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SMLR78, Proprietario at Ristorante L'Antico Forziere, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Thank you very much for your review, we are happy to know you appreciated our restaurant and we hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again in the future. I wish you the best for your holiday.

Kind regards,
Samuele

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Reviewed September 23, 2018

We believe that this is our fifth visit to this wonderful restaurant, and each time we are surprised again by the magnificent offerings, the beauty of the platings including the dessert sculptures, and the warm welcome given by Samuele and his staff. The building and grounds are palace-like, and removed from the commercial setting of nearby Deruta. Once you enter the restaurant, you know you can expect a great food, perfect service, and a memorable vacation moment.
Every dish is a combination of flavors that enhance each other. For example, in the cold cherry tomato soup (crema), the basil foam and the croutons atop a spiced garlic guacamole created a taste sensation greater than the sum of its parts.
You can grab a bite to eat while in Umbria and be happy with it, or you can have a meal at l’Antico Forziere and think about it for a year, at which time you will likely return. This is dining at its best.

Date of visit: September 2018
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SMLR78, Proprietario at Ristorante L'Antico Forziere, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Thank you very much again once again for your wonderful review and thank you to remember every time in Umbria our restaurant for a meal.
I really hope to meeting you again next year and I wish you the best for your holiday.

Kind regards,
Samuele
L'Antico Forziere

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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

We just had lunch at this delightful restaurant today- and this one of the reasons we went there - it was open when so many places in this town were not. We were thankful, however, if one was open- it was certainly because it is has such superior food and excellent wait staff.

We were thinking of just a light lunch - but after looking at the menu we decided to go for an entire meal... because the food looked so excellent . Needless to say we were not disappointed - everything from the Antipasti of tomatoes and burrata cheese to the wonderful tomato soup with avocado cream, to the Angus steak, and ending with the cinnamon brûlée’ was worth the time, money and experience. Do go here if you want a dinner to remember.

Date of visit: September 2018
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SMLR78, Proprietario at Ristorante L'Antico Forziere, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2018

Thank you very much, it was a great pleasure to serve you personally the lunch and I'm very happy to know you apreciated so much our restaurant.I really hope to meeting you again in the future and I wish you the best for your holiday.

Kind regards,
Samuele

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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

One of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. Delicious and beautifully presented dishes. We were a party of ten so I had the chance to taste many dishes. All were truly wonderful. Don’t miss the desert sampler!

Date of visit: September 2018
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SMLR78, Proprietario at Ristorante L'Antico Forziere, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Thanks again for all, we really appreciated you came back a second time in three days for the dinner and we are very happy you appreciated everything so much.

I really hope to meeting you again in the future and I hope you will always recommend Umbria region and L'Antico Forziere for the holidays.

Kind regards,
Samuele

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