This trattoria just up a hill from the Duomo is a find indeed. It's cozy and inviting, with traditional "white-linen-and-sterling" table settings. The maitre d'hotel and all-round service person, Suleiman, greeted us warmly, brought menus and water promptly, and helped with descriptions of typical Etruscan/Umbrian dishes. He suggested dishes to try, and not always the most expensive on the menu. We shared an unusual and delicious gnocchi for the antipasti course, then had pici with cinghiale and rabbit sauteed with herbs in olive oil. Magnifico! Suleiman's wine suggestion, a modestly-priced Montepulciano, made "a good marriage" with our foods. Suleiman returned to check on us, providing additional service beyond what we expected. His chat helped a couple of tourists to feel comfortable, and he was delighted with our broken Italian when we used it. (I think we got brownie points for sincerely trying.) Dessert was to die for: tiramisu and almond torte. We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxed, cozy dinner and definitely will return when we are next in Orvieto.
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