It has been a while since our wonderful winter trip to Italy. One of us had last stayed in Orvieto in 1988 as a student visiting the Signorelli frescoes. So here we were some 25 years later on a one night stop over between Firenze and Roma. It was a little chilly and Orvieto was half closed but after a few chats with the locals it became clear that La Palomba was the place to try all those lovely rustic Umbrian classics.
La Palomba is a family restaurant and we received a warm welcome. On the night we arrived it seemed like a local reunion of some sort was taking place as everyone seemed to know the host and owner Giampiero by name. So the vibe was highly convivial and a good time was had by all.
As a student 25 years ago it was strictly pizza and the odd panini - the best of Italian cuisine was well out of my price range. I had dreamed of trying Wild Boar back in the day so you could say this meal was a date with destiny.
We loved it - Trattoria La Palomba was one of most memorable meals in nearly a month in Italy including some superb meals in Sicilia, Roma and Firenze.
We knew that Cinghiale was going to be our main course so primo piatto was the only chance to experiment. My wife chose the lovely Stracciatella broth/soup a real local treat. Hearty, refined and rustic, but most of all warming with a subtle citrus tang. We had spent a chilly winter's day taking in a few sights in Orvietto so this was the perfect way to warm up a little - classy comfort food.
I chose the umbricelli al tartufo which is a very upmarket carbonara with grated black truffle atop - molto suggestivo and aromatic. Yum x 10!!!
Then the moment arrived... the famous wild boar stew. This is a grunty, rustic number with enough protein to keep you going for days. Well worth the wait. I will not attempt to describe the full majesty of the taste of this meal other than to say book a table next time you are in Orvietto
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