We spotted this place in an alley and were drawn to the ivy covered facade. We sat down and were greeted by a friendly, upbeat waiter. The place was very cool and quirky and had a relaxed atmosphere - pinnochio figurines everywhere, garlic hanging from the ceiling, pictures and souvenirs on the walls.
There is no menu - it's a fixed price meal at 17 Euro (for either lunch or dinner...we tried it for both!) that includes all the food you can handle! The chef (the owner's mom, of course) keeps bringing out dish after dish of delicious, local food. We loved the stuffed vegetables, fried zucchini flowers (lightest, most delicious batter), spelt with sausages for my husband and with tomatoes and basil for me (vegetarian), fried ricotta (oh my, this was sinfully delicious), and the piece de resistance - STRANGOZZI. The pasta local to Spoleto, translates roughly to "strangle the priest", and pasta of the gods. We were so full by the time this came out and yet couldn't stop ourselves from eating the last strand that had fallen on the table. We are still talking/dreaming about this now that we're back home.
We also went over to the owner, Filipo's (aka Mato, which means "mad", but he is just delightfully eccentric), new bar/snack place located just around the corner. He was very generous and brought us out some snacks on the house with our wine.
We felt really welcome and like part of the family by the time we left. Will definitely come back next time we're in Italy!
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