Having been to Arezzo numerous times, I looked at Trip advisor once more to find something new and exciting. All indications pointed to Paperi e Civette, so we ventured there a couple of days ago. It was still "on the beaten path."
First impression was great. Very cute. Very small. There was a pleasant lady who greeted us and immediately sat us at one of the few tables in the place. As we are always early to dine in Italy, we always get our pick of tables.
We were geniunely impressed with this place.... service and food! The lady who seated us took excellent care of us throughout lunch. We started with 1/2 liter of house red. And this house red was really good. (Sometimes they are not so good.) One of the best ones we've had. Now, the menu is extremely short.... only 3 to 4-ish main dishes to choose from. I ordered the pici con cacia e pepe. My other half ordered the tagliatelle with ragu. Both were excellent. The pastas were fresh and we received a good portion. I would highly recommend the pici if you like pepper. [I forgot to mention that the bread her is the freshest we've had in Italy... nice and soft. Typically, it seems that we get day or two-old bread, but this was great. And, it came in a variety of tastes.... nutty, salty, plain.... but all fresh. We also got the freshest green olives I've ever had. These, along with the bread, were complimentary.]
The only disappointment was with the "contorni." I ordered the sformati which appeared to be a cold mold of polenta with cooked squash on top. It seems like it should have been warmed up and wasn't special. The other "contorni" was the caponata, but it was very mushy and had a fishy taste to it. We can't fault it, because we don't know what it's supposed to taste like... but we didn't care of either side dish.
However, overall this place was great! From the service to the bread to the olives and pasta and wine...... it goes on and on. AND ALL FOR 20 EUROS (for two). I can't believe it! It was one of the best and CHEAPEST lunches in Arezzo. Oh, and it included a coffee afterwards. How can you go wrong?!
If you don't have plans today for lunch.... go!
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