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“Al Saltapicchio: (The Green Jumping Cricket)”

Al Saltapicchio di Sandra e Laura
Ranked #70 of 176 Restaurants in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 22, 2012

It’s no secret that the best food in the world can be found in Italy. And smack dab in the center of the country, just one hour north of Rome, lies Orvieto; a little hill town where traditional Umbrian cuisine is considered one of the best in the land. Perhaps the “best kept secret” to some – although the cat has been out of the bag since its grand opening in 2008 – is Ristorante Al Saltapicchio.

Owner and Chef Valentina Santanicchio’s signature Osteria is unique, modern and sophisticated but at the same time warm, friendly and inviting. No pretentions here – just delightful, fresh and inventive dishes made with a twist – giving her cooking an unexpected, satisfying edge.

While most of Valentina’s plates are classic Umbrian fare, they are prepared with the young chef’s artistic flare for combining interesting ingredients and flavors. Because Valentina follows the slow food philosophy of preparing meals, her menu perpetually changes with the seasons so there is always something new and different to discover.

Valentina Santanicchio is just like the springtime – she is blooming and growing into one of the most exciting and up-and-coming chefs in Italy. Each plate she serves isn’t only filled with deliciousness - it also contain her heart and soul. Cooking is her passion and her reward is a meal you will tell her was “buonissimo”!

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

With great tasting and well presented food. There is an emphasis on local and organic
ingredients. A good wine list featuring local wines.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

The food is excellent with the focus on organic, local produce. The service was wonderful with the owner being able to explain many features about the origins of the produce and wines.

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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Had dinner with my family is this small Osteria in Orvieto. The menù was not long (which is always a good sign) and everything we had was excellent, both food and wine.
The best part was at the end, when we had a chance to chat wit the owner, a lovely lady so keen on sharing her passion for food and for cooking.
Overall is was a great night out. I strongly recommend to combine a dinner at Saltapicchio with a walk all the way to the Duomo square.

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Reviewed October 2, 2011

The restaurant had a good atmosphere and friendly staff. The first courses and desserts were excellent. Both my wife and I chose Chicken off the bone for our main course and were very disappointed. The dish we were served had quite a lot of gristle and some bone - not at all what we expected.

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