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Invited by friends with had a surprising, traditional, personalise, different approach
to Umbrian cooking thanks to Enrico il Dottore!! Special remark to the sweet, female service.... We will be soon back.More
Date of visit: March 2016
Erik52, Proprietario at Ristorante la Cucinaccia ai Palazzi Rufini, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2016
Grazie per la magnifica recensione, incontrare te e tua moglie è stato un vero piacere ed anche molto istruttivo. Da...More
Hidden in country side in Capocavello near Perugia a real gem of a beautiful place. Choice of four dishes from four courses for 30€, great selection of varied dishes all well cooked and set in the beautiful setting of the Palazzi Rufini. Owned and cooked...by a Roman doctor as his weekend hobby so only open on Friday and Saturday. The wine list was varied and reasonably priced. We considered not rating this gem, to keep it to ourselves but having lost an other local excellent restaurant through lack of custom share it with you now. Menu changes each day dependent on what the owner decides. Highly rate for an all round experience.More
We have had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant several times in the last couple of years. The atmosphere is always warm and welcoming. If there is anything you need, you need only to ask and accommodations will be made to meet your requests,...including menu variations not shown or accommodations for children. The restaurant has a like-home atmosphere precisely because it does not cater to the masses, but to a small, intimate group, whether dining in the restaurant, with it's large welcoming hearth, or outside in the garden on nice evenings. The menu, though small, gives adequate seasonal choices from which to select a most delicious and relaxed dinner. There is also a nice selection from which to choose the wine of your preference.The food is well prepared and presented, with nicely sized portions. We have had a couple of different lasagna dishes, and meats of all sorts. Our meal last weekend included the quail and the roast beef, both of which were roasted to perfection. We had a dessert of semifreddo and strawberries that was marvelous. His dishes and menu selection offer combinations for each weekend, vary according to seasonal availability of the freshest of ingredients. The menu reflects Chef Enrico's imaginative nature. Enrico makes it a point to visit with his guests at meal's end to be sure that your meal was good. We are sure to return to Enrico's restaurant at the Palazzi Rufini each time we are in Umbria. Bravo, Enrico!More
We had friends staying at this agriturismo, so decided to join them there for dinner in the recently opened restaurant. What a good decision that was. We were a large party of 15, and we arrived to find a long table set with a red...and white checkered tablecloth and decorated with candles and cheerful sunflowers under a wisteria-covered pergola. The young waiters efficiently and in some cases patiently took our confused orders, were completely flexible about people wanting two starters and no pasta and all the complications that a large party speaking a variety of languages invariably generates. And then the food arrived, all at the same time, no wrong orders. And what food! A rabbit terrine full of texture and flavour, a crostone of local tiny beans delicious and fresh, wonderful pasta, perfect gnocchi with a goose sauce to die for, tender and perfectly seasoned meat dishes, the best strawberry ice-cream I have ever tasted and a chocolate cake to die for. All the dishes were inventive, perfectly executed, delicious. And all served in the most unpretentious manner. At the end of the meal the chef Enrico came to say hello, and asked for criticisms! How any chefs do you know who would welcome that?
The restaurant is only open on Saturdays, and we have already booked for the next one. I suspect this is where you will find us every Saturday as long as we are in the area.More
We found this charming, by reservation only, old family villa through friends who live in Perugia. The atmosphere in the main room with its elegant fireplace is casually refined. The chef patron is a practicing physician so the cooking is health conscious, and vegetarian friendly,...without being at all punitive. We were impressed by the honest cuisine, unaffected attitude, attentive service, the clever little wine list, and the prix fixe for four courses; which included delicious lasagna. In front of the main house is a beautiful gated garden surrounded by tall pines and shady oaks for luncheoning. We went to the Cucinaccia twice and will consider staying in one of the apartments there next time we visit Umbria. Thank you for your gracious hospitality Doctor Rufino.
We found this charming, by reservation only, old family villa through friends who live in Perugia. The atmosphere in the main room with its elegant fireplace is casually refined. The chef patron is a practicing physician so the cooking is health conscious, and vegetarian friendly, without being at all punitive. We were impressed by the honest cuisine, unaffected attitude, attentive service, the clever little wine list, and the prix fixe for four courses; which included delicious lasagna. In front of the main house is a beautiful gated garden surrounded by tall pines and shady oaks for luncheoning. We went to the Cucinaccia twice and will consider staying in one of the apartments there next time we visit Umbria. Thank you for your gracious hospitality Doctor Rufino.
I spent a year in Perugia in 1979, and had been a guest at Enrico's home on several occasions. Each visit was wonderful, and memorable. In 2009 we re-met, and thereafter communicated on line.
When Enrico announced that he was to open a restaurant, memories...of glorious meals prompted a return visit - this time with friends from England and South Africa.
The evening was perfect - from the moment we arrived to the moment we waved goodbye, the evening was extraordinary. Quail with truffle on a crostone to start, followed by exquisitely prepared rabbit, where taste and texture were in perfect harmony. The wine list, small and perfectly formed, prompted the choice of Armaleo from Palazzone.
If you wish to spend a memorable evening, in a very elegant, and discrete location, La Cucinaccia must be Umbria's most best kept secret.More
Date of visit: January 2013
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