Sunday, July 12, 2009


Our SLOW TRAV friends Palma and Brad are back in Umbria! They've brought three other couples with them and are exploring some of the wonderful things that this region of Italy as to offer. Of course they've visited beautiful cities and seen ancient ruins, been amazed by artwork and crafts that are the same today as they were hundresd of years ago, and naturally, shopped 'til they dropped, but still this IS Italy, and it's all about the food!

Palma and Brad asked us to join them for lunch at L’Antico Forziere, a country inn and restaurant located not far from us, just outside of Deruta. We've driven by this place many times but somehow never stopped, so we were anxious to see what they had to offer. Seeing Brad and Palma again after two years would make the day even more special!

Every dish at L’Antico Forziere was beautifully presented, but in the end the food looked better than it tasted. My main course, pork, was cooked just right: tender, not tough, but there just wasn't much flavor to it. The dessert, a magical display of spun sugar clouds surrounding meringue and strawberries was amazingly beautiful, but I wish there had been more than just a few small pieces of strawberry! I think this restaurant has great potential, but the quality of the food has to come up a notch or two.

Palma has more photos on HER BLOG, and if you want to see our photos the link to OUR FLICKR PAGE is always in the right hand column.

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At 7/12/2009 11:13:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your comments that the restaurant at L'Antico Forziere " has potential" but that the "quality has to come up a notch or two" are quite off - base.

It has been in existence for some eight years or so, an already respectable life span for a restaurant these days. Those in my own ( tourist ) area which fall short on expectations/value for money seem to close within a year or two.

I'm sure the owners are happy that your dining companions did not concur with your assessment.

At 7/12/2009 07:34:00 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

I'm not really sure how my dining companions felt about the food - how do you know?

Yes, eight years in business is a repsectable amount of time for a restaurant, but I stand by my assessment and know of others who agree. Perhaps we were there on an 'off' day - I certainly acknowledge that possibility.

Overall we enjoyed our time at L'antico Forziere, but in this case some of the food just wasn't as good as it could have been.

At 7/12/2009 10:55:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palma's blog, re the lunch, includes the descriptions 'fabulous' 'equally wonderful' 'gorgeous'.

At 7/13/2009 04:56:00 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Trust me, not all is at it seems.....

At 7/13/2009 10:43:00 AM , Anonymous janie said...

Barb-I totally appreciate your honest opinion of the food! Being someone who has lived in Umbria for a while, I think you are qualified to judge the food based on comparisons to other places you've eaten over the years. Thanks too for the beautiful photos.


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