We were recommended to the San Luca Restaurant by our hosts at the B&B Casa Chilenne - the girls fancied fish, and this far from the coast on a Friday in August apparently there are few good options.
Jeannette from Casa Chilenne not only spoke to the chef. but also took us to the restaurant and ensured the maitre d' gave us the right table and menu.
The restaurant terrace is a stunning place to eat; built out over the side of the hill and commanding vast views over the Chiana Valley below.
In response to our request for fish, the chef had compiled a fish menu degustazione - seven courses of beautifully-prepared and presented fish dishes which had the girls purring in appreciation, accompanied by a lovely local Tuscan Sauvignon Blanc.
Highlight for the girls was undoubtedly the dish of mussels and clams stewed in a chilli and white wine sauce and served with a pastry topping.
Highlight for me was the final dish - a beautifully-fresh griiled turbot.
The staff and service were sublime - attentive without being intrusive and equally happy responding to our lame Italian or speaking good colloquial English.
We'd tried the restaurants in and around the main piazza on previous visits to Cortona; this was a very welcome and enjoyable alternative which we'd never have known about were it not for our B&B hosts. Thoroughly recommended for a memorable meal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel San Luca is in Cortona historic centre, a 15-minute drive from Lake Trasimeno. It offers air-conditioned and stylish rooms with satellite TV and minibar.The hotel’s terrace offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. There is a gym on the covered terrace and a separate sun terrace with a hot tub.Free Wi-Fi is available in the whole building. Reception is open 24 hours a day.The hotel is around 3 km from Camucia di Cortona Station and a 25-minute drive from the A1 motorway. You can reach Perugia by car in 40 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Luca Hotel
- San Luca Cortona