In September of 2018 my wife and I were returning to Rome after a couple day visit to the Tuscan city of San Gimignano. I decided to stray from the direct path to Rome in order to make a stop in Umbria at La Badiaccia in Castiglione del Lago. Totally by chance, on the exact same day back in 2016 my wife and I were part of a group of 9 just arriving in Umbria for a weeks stay. We discovered La Badiaccia that same night and enjoyed a pleasant venue, wonderfully attentive service, mouth watering food and lots of delicious wine.
On our most recent visit, we arrived at La Badiaccia for lunch and sat outside to enjoy the sunny, warm weather. As if by fate, we were greeted by the same smiling woman who graciously and patiently attended to our fun loving group exactly 2 years earlier. What is even more amazing to me is the fact the she remembered our group from 2016 and without prompting pointed to the very table where our group sat during that visit! We chatted sporadically throughout our lunch as she attended to other patrons and I cannot tell you how thoroughly enjoyable our wide ranging conversation was.
The food at La Badiaccia did not disappoint on this second visit. My wife ordered and raved about an gnocchi dish that was made from purple potatoes. I can say with confidence that the quality of the food was as good as I had remembered from our prior visit. This alone deserves high praise indeed. However, the gift of being remembered by our wonderful hostess/server made our second visit that much more special and personal.
In short, if you are within striking distance of La Badiaccia as you visit or pass through Umbria near Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno I strongly encourage you stop for a meal and I'm more confident than ever that you will not be disappointed.
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