We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“An experience not to be missed” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Castoro

Il Castoro
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Preci
Certificate of Excellence
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“An experience not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Amazing place! Pretty uninspiring from the outside, but inside it's like a festa! Both times we went it was absolutely crowded, very noisy, full of Italian warmth and gusto. The food was very good, the service rushed and frantic but hugely efficient and friendly despite. This is a premier truffle region - I'd always considered truffles under-rated but here you really see what all the fuss is about. Maybe it's to do with freshness - apparently the owner gathers local truffles personally - as the truffle omelette here was head and shoulders above everywhere else we tried it in the region. The restaurant is very popular; at weekends, loads of Romans make the 5-hour round trip specifically to eat here - and who can blame them? If you're visiting the region (and I'd recommend you do) a meal here is a must. It's a real experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank rogerbilder
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

811 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    470
    266
    45
    18
    12
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Typical Umbrian trattoria”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

A very good local trattoria - well-known in the region and widely supported by locals. Antipasto and primi (pasta dishes) are very good; it is best-known for its meat dishes (alla bracia) and truffles. If you are travelling in the Valnerina (which is an area all Italian visitors should come to know) it is wsorth timing your arrival in Preci to have lunch here.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Mary C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Morpeth
Level Contributor
65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Fantastic Restaurant - Typical Umbrian Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2011

We visit Preci fairly frequently and are regular visitors to this restaurant situated on the main road through Preci. Family owned and managed Il Castoro offers a range of Umbrian specialities at a consistently high standard.

Virtually everything on the menu is made on the premises and anipasti, pizzas, pasta, meat dishes and desserts are all good. The restaurant specialises in truffles and the proprietor also owns the local truffle hunting dog so he knows where to get the best produce. Visiting this restaurant in October and November is a special treat as truffles, fungi porcini and wild boar are all in season and it's a special treat to visit at that time of year.

The house antipasto served with "frittata al tartufo" (truffle omelette) is recommended - they are always happy to give you extra plates so you can share. From the truffle section of the menu the steak with truffle and porcini mushrooms is wonderful.

Pizzas are fantastic here, cooked in a wood-fired oven with a crispy base.

This restaurant is a very typical welcoming family establishment and well worth a visit. It is recommended you reserve a table in the summer months and for week-ends through the year; sometimes there are actually coaches parked outside on Sunday lunchtimes where people have come from Rome to eat there!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank dobbo47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Naples, Italy
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“worst truffle ever”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

It's a family place they also serve pizza, but it is known for truffle wich in umbria should be very good but instead of truffle you will find in your plate a creamy sauce with summer truffle and some other stuff! It is cheap but just because it is not worthy!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank simonicc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Il Castoro also viewed

Preci, Province of Perugia
 
Cerreto di Spoleto, Province of Perugia
Preci, Province of Perugia
 

Been to Il Castoro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing