Driving from the Euganean Hills to Umbria we planned to stop for lunch at Gambero Rosso and we were lucky as they had just re-opened the day before after holidays. On a warm autumn day the town square was busy and although we were wearing very casual holiday attire we were warmly welcomed and given a central table. The decor here shows a very good eye for detail with traditional embroidery, plates that match the room colours and delightful touches such as small pumpkins as table decoration. The result is elegant and informal. On the wall near the reception there are framed photographs of well known TV, sports and political celebrities who have dined here but everyone is warmly received by Arduino. Giuliana his wife and the chef asks for your preferred water and chats to you, the son attends to wine selection and his wife takes the orders. The ladies have aprons and the gentlemen wear jeans and polos, but they are well groomed and attuned to client needs in a gentle relaxing way. Everything runs flawlessly and you feel special even though all the tables are booked. We decided on the degustation "del parco" for 35 Euro each and a bottle of Pignoletto (Bologna Hills) for 12 Euro. With regard to food, there is a strict regional focus and re-discovery of old family recipes. Our favourite dishes were: meatballs, pumpkin soup with shaved black truffle, veal casserole and dessert tasting plate. When we left Signora Giuliana acknowledged our visit and reminded us that they also have four rooms for guests in case we need to stop overnight. This is a place worth detouring for, and when we left we felt satisfied and serene.
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