We spend our holidays twice a year in Umbria. (We are Italian citizens and have a retirement home in the area). I travel all over (50-60 flights a year) and go out to eat at high end restaurants 8 to 10 times a week for entertaining clients. So when I travel for holiday I am looking for great service, excellent food for that region and extended wine list. So, on my most recent vacation with my family we hit all the local restaurants in local towns. (Panicale, Paciano, Pienza, Castiglione,Citta Del Pieve,Etc). We have been going for a few years and have tried some great restaurants BUT none have overtaken the level of service, food and wine that Lillo Tatini supplies. We went three times for dinner when we were there trying pretty much everything on the menu. The rabbit, wild boar and home made pasta dishes are second to none in the area. The wine list is far and away the best in the region. The dedication to detail and knowledge of food in the region and wines is 2nd to none when it comes to Patrizia. She has been in the restaurant/kitchen since she was a child. She is a fanatic when it comes down to the right Olive Oil, the decor, quality of vegetables,etc.. Walk into Lillo Tatini and you will see what I mean. (The other restaurants do not come close to the decor and detail that this restaurant has). The dishes are true to the Umbrian region including the beans, meats and fish.
To top it off the desserts are the most extensive and delicious we have had in any restaurant in Umbria. Lastly, the warmth of the owners is just something you look for not only as someone that lives there but also for tourist. They sit with you, ask about family, life,etc.. The other restaurants don't have this warmth. (It does help that they speak English). Lastly, we last went out in October and we could not sit outside because of the weather. This last holiday it was great. The view is the BEST in Panicale.. You sit out on the terrace and look out over the whole Piazza. You are able to sit and watch the activity below. Just a magical place... Bravo Lillo Tatini!!
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