There are a lot of things that make Montefalco one of the best destinations in Umbria. It’s not only for its celebrated Sagrantino but also for its history, impeccably preserved ancient cobblestone streets and buildings and of course, the food. Montefalco is a very tranquil small hamlet where going around on foot gives you the pleasure of browsing the artisan shops to feed that gourmand inside you or better yet, sit down in one of the town’s restaurants where local ingredients are cooked and transformed into exquisite dishes represented by their kitchen experts.
All roads lead to Piazza del Comune, the main square of the town. So wherever you are coming from, you will land at that quintessential circular piazza where the 13th-century Palazzo Comunale (City Hall) is located. If you’re facing it, immediately on its left is the stately 4-star Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa housed in the former 15th-century home of Cardinal Bontadosi.
Locanda del Teatro, one of the best restaurants in Montefalco, is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Bontadosi. Here, Chef Pasqualino Titta and Sommelier Paolo Galanti delight their guests with the excellence of Umbria through their original cuisine, a great selection of wines and warm and impeccable Umbrian hospitality.
Locanda del Teatro is accommodated in the palace’s intimate corner with vaulted and beamed ceilings that expands into the expansive Piazza del Comune and at the back garden with a magnificent view in the warmer months. White and tones of earth with mid-century modern Danish Panton chairs giving a remarkable contrast of old and new. I have dined at the restaurant in the piazza during the hot summer days and indoors in winter. Both experiences may have been from different seasons and diverse menus but the main philosophy of the kitchen and the precise service had been constant and remained commendable.
The comprehensive wine list is considered as one of the best in the area that in fact, it also won as the Best Wine Menu in Montefalco in 2016. The list has an interesting collection of some of the best labels from around Italy, some international and of course, a lot of great labels from the area.