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“Outstanding Umbrian food in Spoleto”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Il Tartufo

Il Tartufo
Ranked #61 of 173 Restaurants in Spoleto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Spoleto, Italy
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding Umbrian food in Spoleto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

As a long-time resident of Spoleto, I have enjoyed eating there regularly with family as well as with friends. It has always been a pleasure for me to visit this restaurant not only for the excellent food and wine, but also for the great welcome of the owner, Paolo di Marco. This is a restaurant that specializes in Umbrian cuisine as well as some of the best local wines, particularly from Montefalco. Try strangozzi, the local pasta, with truffles. Pork medallions made a nice main course and crescionda al cioccolato (a chocolate based treat) made a very nice dessert. Also being near Norcia (famous for all kinds of salami) , the restaurant usually has a very good antipasto selection.Located on the Piazzi di Garibaldi - Spoleto's principal square - , the restaurant has now returned to the tranquil ambiance of previous times.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Donal O
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“The only first-class restaurant in the lower part of Spoleto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

We have eaten in il Tartufo several times over the past years, and have always found the food excellent and the service impeccable.
Recently the atmosphere was very much spoiled by a loud outdoor discotheque across the piazza, but due to complaints by the restaurant owner this has been closed down and the ambience has returned to the pleasant atmosphere of earlier times.
We particularly like the squash flowers stuffed with ricotta as an antipasto and the veal scaloppine rolls as a main course. We often order the local house wine and have always found it to be of good quality.
Since we have a country house near Spoleto in the summertime, we have visited most of the local restaurants and yet continue returning to Il Tartufo for a reliably delicious experience.
If a patron is disappointed, we would recommend speaking directly to the owner Paolo, to rectify the situation on the spot.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Roslyn H
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San Carlos, California, United States
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A disappointing first meal in Spoleto.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

We arrived in Spoleto and found few choices to eat a nice meal in the lower city. Our hotel suggested Il Tartufo, we walked by the first time because the place was empty at 8:45 pm on a summer night. We walked around and found no other choices so went back and sat down. The service was fair and there was no welcome greeting or even a smile. The food was so bad that we left after the pasta course. Salad looked like it had just come out of a plastic bag, the pasta was under cooked and tasted awful. This was a waste of $55 euros....take the escalator to the upper city and find many more choices.

1 Thank Don M
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Polis, Cyprus
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Frommer's guide on il Tartufo Spoleto wrong - a Disaster”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

We chose il Tartufo restaurant, Spoleto, based upon the Frommer's guide which related it highly.

We strongly disagree with all the positive recommendations in TripAdvisor and the Frommer guide.

This restaurant is in a square full of Italian teenagers on a Saturday with really loud pop music. Initially, we chose to sit outside but the noise was too loud, so we went inside which lacked atmosphere. In addition to us, there was one American couple outside and three Americans sitting at a table inside.

The food is supposed to be Tuscan and the restaurant boasts many dishes with truffles. We both struggled to choose from the menu, and in the end were disappointed.

We drank open wine but had to reject the white as too warm.

The service was very pressured and seemed designed to get rid of us ASAP.

For us, the evening was a disaster.

We fear that this restaurant is trading on a name and a erroneous reputation, in our view, in the Frommer's guide.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Alf O
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tartufo1927, Proprietario at Il Tartufo, responded to this review, May 28, 2012
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bruttissima recensione, devo ammettere un gravissimo errore poiche la temperatura del vino gia' servito ad altri clienti e non riposto imediatamente in frigo era errata, mea culpa!!
Ho seguito personalmente il tavolo, ma la situazione si e' rilevata subito difficile a causa di un eccessivo livello della musica di un bar adiacente (sono stati chiamati anche i vigili)
Gli ospiti ben prima di mangiare dimostravano segni di insoddisfazione, musi lunghi, nessun dialogo, (neanche tra loro) nessuna apertura.Certo che senza una certa predisposizione tutto diventa piu' difficile
Peccato, a proposito col bar di fronte che faccio chiedo i danni??
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Naples, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“I so wanted to love this place but”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Unfortunately, my main course was very disappointing (cold, tough beef). The primi was good and the staff pleasant. However, the cold steak, particularly at the price, was a let down.
I would not return.

Visited April 2012
Thank TrippyAG
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