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“Make a plan to eat at Perbacco and don't be in a hurry” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Perbacco

Perbacco
Via Umberto 1, 14, Cannara, Italy
0742720492
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Ranked #1 of 6 restaurants in Cannara
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Perth, Western Australia
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“Make a plan to eat at Perbacco and don't be in a hurry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Perbacco has for ages been on the Umbrian list of Slow Food restaurants, so we made a bee-line for it. We were curious about the famous Cannara red onion recipes, and therefore one of us had the onion soup, which as a previous reviewer has remarked is very thick with onions and cheese and only had a little broth. However, the onions were excellent. The other entree was carpaccio of Chiannina beef topped with shaved parmesan and rocket leaves, one of the best carpaccios ever. Tagliata di manzo with three sauces and vegetables cooked in a bag were also very good. Service was a bit slow with the owner working to his pace. We decided to skip dessert as we were tired by then.
The decor is worth mentioning ... it is offbeat and lovely, with Fornasetti plates on the wall too. It is interesting also to watch the lady chef making pasta dough, cutting and cooking it, on a table in the dining room. We sipped the Sagrantino Di Filippo 2009, which is 15.5% alcohol, it is certainly a good bottle to buy if anyone comes across it. Park before crossing the bridge over the Topino River, and beware of the mosquitos and insects on hot days.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perbacco C, Proprietario at Perbacco, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
thank you very much. No doubt, we do the onion soup until 1994, like you ate.
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Ione, California, United States
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“Do you know the way to Perbacco?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We got terribly lost following our GPS to Perbacco, so I stopped a man walking his dog and asked for directions. He put his dog in the house and got in the car to take us there. The owner greeted him with, "Buonasera, Gianni." That's the kind of restaurant Perbacco is. Well known locally, hospitable, with proprietors who go out of their way to make you feel welcome and serve you unique, but very Umbrian food. Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited October 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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Perbacco C, Proprietario at Perbacco, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
hugs and kisses
ernesto
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Undoubtedly good for many, not for us”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Went here with high hopes based on a recommendation. There is no doubt that this restaurant is capable of great things. We started with onion soup, which is perhaps the best bowl of onion soup on the planet (don't expect much 'soup' - it's mostly onions and cheese - incredible dish). But we weren't terrifically hungry that night, so we just ordered a large salad and pasta to split after the soup (and of course, wine throughout). Much of the food is made on a counter in the dining area, which is fun. That's where we saw our pasta made - 30 minutes too soon. Because we had just gotten the soup, it was allowed to sit on the counter, and when we were ready for it, they added some water and reheated it. Arrived as a pile of glop. For a variety of reasons, we didn't complain - just ate the glop and salad and left. Owner wasn't particularly friendly - actually seemed annoyed with us from the time we walked in - a real change from pretty much 100% of the other people we'd met during our time in Umbria. We have no idea why this all happened. No chance he would have served this to regular customers (seemed everybody else in the place was a regular). It should have been tossed and remade - (it was a simple pasta dish - took 5 minutes to make). So again, cannot simply say this isn't a good place - it likely is for many. We just viewed this as a lack of respect for us and for the food he was serving - maybe just a bad day. Unfortunately, based on expectations, we had planned to go back when we were hungrier, but after this, that wasn't going to happen.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A wonderful surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Never in my wildest imagination did I expect to enjoy as much as I did at Perbacco. Hidden away in the small rural Umbrian town of Cannara, the restaurant is a sheer joy. The food is outstanding, among the best and most original I have had in Italy. The atmosphere is wonderful, whimsically decorated by the owner's wife. And everything about an evening at Perbacco is perfect. Treat yourself; go out of your way; if you are in Umbria make a point of eating at Perbacco.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Unique Spot and the food was superb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The ambience was unique and the food was creative and delicious. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally. Of course the selection of local wines was the icing on the cake. It is a surprise to find a top rate restaurant in such a small town. We had a very jolly evening. I highly recommend a stop when you are in the Perugia/Assisi area.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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