This is a truly wonderful restaurant in Spoleto. As others have said, don't be put off by the exterior. The interior is wonderfully decorated with posters of the Spoleto festival and artwork by numerous regional painters. It is a warm welcoming atmosphere. We have been here several times and have never been disappointed.
You will likely be greeted by the owner, Giancarlo who will come to your table to give you the menu. Well, there is no menu per se. He will tell you what is being served orally. It changes everyday, basically, its whatever the family is cooking is what you will be eating. Usually, 2-3 choices of pasta for the primi. Last time there was Strangozzi (an Umbrian classic try this, its amazing!), Gnocchi and Penne. Then there are a selection of meat dishes, again usually 3-4 choices veal, sausage, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, the possibilities are endless. His English is ok, but it helps if someone at the table speaks Italian and can translate.
Service here is fantastic. It is all being taken care of by the family. Dishes are brought out of the kitchen and then served tableside onto your plate. My favorite part of this restaurant is that everything is included in the meal. For around 20€ a person, the pasta, main entree, vegetable, salad and desert are served including wine, and bottled water. No 5€ charges for each bottle of water and as an American I love drinking water. There are several different "all-inclusive" options if say you don't want dessert or if you want to add cocktails or cordials to the meal and accordingly the per person price shifts.
If your travels take you to Spoleto, do try Dei Pini, remember to make reservations for the weekends and keep in mind that dinner is only served for a few hours, so don't miss your window or chance to enjoy this fantastic treat! Buon appetito!
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