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“Family run, quality trattoria.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria Tipica La pergola

Trattoria Tipica La pergola
Via dei Magoni 9/B, Orvieto, Italy
0763.34.30.65
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Ranked #16 of 128 Restaurants in Orvieto
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
San Antonio, Texas
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“Family run, quality trattoria.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

On a June evening we found ourselves strolling the streets of Orvieto in search of espresso cups. Wandering from shop to shop we came upon Bellochia ceramics. There we purchased a magnificent centerpiece for our dining table and received an excellent tout from the owner, Elizabeth. Just right up a tiny jasmine-lined viccolo and near the end is La Pergola. It was early when we arrived and in our pitiful Italian we asked if we could come in and just enjoy a bottle of wine until they were open for dinner. The staff began to explain that this was a restaurant and NOT a wine bar. Once we made it clear that we wanted to eat they insisted that we come in and they would open the kitchen. Open it they did. I started my meal with prosciutto and melon....sweet, dark orange cantaloupe wrapped in salty air-cured ham...so refreshing on a warm evening and one of my favorite flavor combinations. I followed the melon with a primi pasta course of homemade tagliatelle in a roasted tomato and pepper sauce. I do not normally eat red sauce but this was exceptional as it was richly flavored with pork sausage....slightly hotly spiced pork sausage. My wife had the baccala (salted cod) wrapped in a shell of shredded potatoes and baked. That didn't sound too appetizing to me but she insisted that I taste it. It was surprisingly good. My secondi was an entrecote, beautifully prepared, crispy outside and reddish-pink inside, drizzled with the local oil, fresh cracked pepper and coarse salt and finished with a generous shaving of black truffle. Perfetto! All this washed down with a well-priced Sagrantino de Montefalco red, the Umbrian wine made from dried grapes. For dessert, a sheep's milk cake drizzled in molten chocolate and heavy cream. A very good steer, a very good, family run restaurant....just what we like about Italy!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baden Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent regional specialties, very friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

A small, bright & cheerful restaurant serving really excellent local (s. Tuscan) food. We had the house wine (orvieto, of course) which was very fine indeed. Staff friendly and efficient. We were there for lunch, everything was very well prepared and presented (we have lots of experience in Piemonte so we know good food). Prices middle but not at all expensive. 5 minutes from the Duomo on a side street, worth seeking out. We were there in May so it was a bit chilly for the terrace, but it's BEAUTIFUL back there so check it out if the weather is right. Not 5 stars in the sense of stuffy/pretentious, 5 stars in the sense of atmosphere, the kitchen is run right, a really fine house wine, friendly staff, the combination was 'just right'.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Ate here with friends in June 2013. Recommended by local friends. Food is simply excellent. Service is excellent too.

Visited June 2013
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Saint Julian's, Malta
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“Recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Very close to the Duomo in a pretty side road, the Pergola has a terrace at the back which allows you to eat enjoying the garden, we ate inside which was also very attractive. The pappardelle were delicious. We also enjoyed the pannacotta. Most of the guests were Italians which generally assures a good meal and we weren't disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Excellent and authentic local food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Excellent wide ranging menu full of superb local dishes
Really good service from knowledgable staff
It is no surprise that this excellent restaurant is frequented by locals
We will go back

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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