Regional food of Umbria
Regional food of Umbria
Regional food of Umbria

Regional food of Umbria

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As we all know, the territory strongly influences food traditions of a country; that's why in the Umbrian traditional recipes there is a strong presence of meat, mushrooms, pasta, truffles and freshwater fish.

This region is famous for its cold cuts (salame, capocollo, culatello and so on). Norcia is, in fact, one of the most important cities in Italy for pork cold cuts (in Italy a 'norcineria' is a shop which sells only products make with pork meat). Umbria is famous even for its cheeses, mostly made with sheep's milk. If you go to Umbria, you want to try a 'tagliere' (a chopping board with cold cuts and cheeses) for antipasto or aperitivo.

Pasta is a great Italian tradition, but every region has its own specific shapes and sauces. In Umbria, one of the most famous pasta recipes is the 'Ciriole alla Ternana'; 'ciriole' are similar to spaghetti, but their section is squared instead of being circular, the sauce is a simple tomato sauce with garlic, parsley and pepper. In every Umbrian restaurant you can also find the Ciriole or the Tagliatelle with truffles ('tartufo' in Italian), black or white, since this is one of the main products of the territory.

Another famous Umbrian pasta dish is the 'cappelletti in brodo', cappelletti are similar to the Emilian tortellini, but they're filled with veal, pork and capon, and served in a meat broth.

The traditional meats cooked in this region are pigeon, pork, frogs and goose. They're served mostly roasted or stewed, but they're even used in the Ragù for pasta or gnocchi.

In this region a traditional one plate dish is the 'parmigiana di gobbi', which is made using the same technique as the traditional 'parmigiana di melanzane' (made with eggplants), using the cardoon instead of the eggplant slices. In Umbria there is also a delicious vegetarian alternative to the meat: the lentil soup typical of the city of Norcia, made with fresh tomatoes and garlic.

If you want to visit Umbria but you don't have time to spend in restaurants you can eat the amazing Umbrian street food: the 'torta al testo'. This food is somewhere in between a focaccia and a piadina; it's traditionally made with white flour, salt and oil, without the yeast. Once it's cooked on the 'testo' (a traditional stone which is previously put in an oven or in a fireplace) it's cut in half and filled with prosciutto, local cheese or vegetables (usually chicory).

Let's end this short description of Umbrian food with a delicious dessert: the 'Torcolo di San Costanzo'. It's typical of the city of Perugia, it's a sort of donut with a pentagonal carving, which traditionally relates to the five doors used to enter the city of Perugia. This is a rustic yet tasty dessert, made with a yeast dough, sugar, pine nuts, raisins and anise.

The Torcolo is dedicated to San Costanzo, first bishop of Perugia, who was beheaded during the Christian persecution conducted by Marco Aurelio; the shape of the sweet is reminiscent of the cut neck of the saint.

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Provinces of Umbria
  • Comunes of Umbria
    • Perugia
      • Assisi
        Bastia Umbra
        Bettona
        Bevagna
        Campello sul Clitunno
        Cannara
        Cascia
        Castel Ritaldi
        Castiglione del Lago
        Cerreto di Spoleto
        Citerna
        Città della Pieve
        Città di Castello
        Collazzone
        Corciano
        Costacciaro
        Deruta
        Foligno
        Fossato di Vico
        Fratta Todina
        Giano dell’Umbria
        Gualdo Cattaneo
        Gualdo Tadino
        Gubbio
        Lisciano Niccone
        Magione
        Marsciano
        Massa Martana
        Monte Castello di Vibio
        Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
        Montefalco
        Monteleone di Spoleto
        Montone
        Nocera Umbra
        Norcia
        Paciano
        Panicale
        Passignano sul Trasimeno
        Perugia
        Piegaro
        Pietralunga
        Poggiodomo
        Preci
        San Giustino
        Sant’Anatolia di Narco
        Scheggia e Pascelupo
        Scheggino
        Sellano
        Sigillo
        Spello
        Spoleto
        Todi
        Torgiano
        Trevi
        Tuoro sul Trasimeno
        Umbertide
        Valfabbrica
        Vallo di Nera
        Valtopina

    • Terni
      • Acquasparta
        Allerona
        Alviano
        Amelia
        Arrone
        Attigliano
        Avigliano Umbro
        Baschi
        Calvi dell’Umbria
        Castel Giorgio
        Castel Viscardo
        Fabro
        Ferentillo
        Ficulle
        Giove
        Guardea
        Lugnano in Teverina
        Montecastrilli
        Montecchio
        Montefranco
        Montegabbione
        Monteleone d’Orvieto
        Narni
        Orvieto
        Otricoli
        Parrano
        Penna in Teverina
        Polino
        Porano
        San Gemini
        San Venanzo
        Stroncone
        Terni

Hotels in Umbria
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Umbria Climate (Perugia)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
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Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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