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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