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.
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