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“Highlight of Our Trip!”

Agriturismo Ristorante Pettino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$32 - US$45
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Highlight of Our Trip!”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

We travel to Italy every year with friends and this past fall decided to revisit some of our favorite towns. Montefalco certainly qualifies as one of those for sure! In preparation for our trip, I began researching some of the more "off the beaten path" locations outside of Montefalco where we could have lunch and spend the day exploring. I discovered Pettino through reading Michael Tucker's fascinating book, Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy. In the book, Michael Tucker talks about an amazing meal he had with Massimo Chiacchierini's family in a little hilltop town called Pettino. I contacted Massimo and made reservations for lunch for the following month. None of us had any idea of what delights that day would hold for us! We always use private drivers in Italy and one of our favorites lives in Montefalco. We contacted him for our trip to Pettino and set out at 10 am. It was the most beautiful drive through rural countryside, slowly climbing up the mountain, atop of which sits Pettino. Massimo met us at the Restaurant and went over the lunch menu with us.
We watched his Mother hand roll the pasta with a four foot wooden rolling pin as she prepared all of our lunch dishes with fresh, local ingredients. The meal was probably one of the best we have had in ten years of eating throughout Italy and was accompanied by excellent Sagrantino di Montefalco house wine. After lunch we toured the grounds of the farm and looked in at the beautiful apartments Massimo's family has renovated right next to the Restaurant. We all decided that next visit to Umbria we were staying here! It was then time for the Truffle Hunt! Massimo and his soon to be wife and the four of us jumped into his vehicle with his truffle dogs and off we went! It was a glorious afternoon with views across the mountains that seemed to go on forever. Can you tell I REALLY liked it here??? I strongly recommend this spot for outstanding food, company, and accommodations. They have a new website that can give you more information.

  • Visited October 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Australian impressions”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

This is our third visit to Il Pettino and as always the food is outstanding & the staff are very helpful & happy. Nothing is too much trouble. Its like staying with family & as we all know "mum always cooks the best food". There are many sublime dishes that feature Truffles

Pettino is located in a beautiful valley that has a number of great walking trails either along the small winding narrow roads or through the meadows. The restaurant's sheep dog was also very friendly and was always ready to accompany you on any excursions. We were even invited in for coffee & chat at one farmer's property.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Rosco49
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