An absolute gem of a restaurant for lovers of authentic Italian food.
The setting couldn't be better, with the restaurant sat just off the main square in the medieval hill top village of Acquapendente, 30 mins or so from Orvieto.
The restaurant itself is warm & welcoming, the staff are helpful & friendly & the owner & chef Francesco is obviously very passionate about what he presents on a plate to his customers. You recognise immediately, that a lot of thought & effort has gone into creating the menu with its emphasis on fresh ingredients, taste & regional authenticity. We discovered talking to the staff that although the restaurant sources the ingredients locally it also sources ingredients from further afield in order to keep the menu varied & fresh (the delicious Harewood venison we tried was sourced 10mins down the road from where we live in Leeds!!) but don`t think that dining here will cost the earth because we found as a couple that the prices were very reasonable.
Germans, Americans & Japanese visit this area & not so many of us English, but for those of us that do, I would recommend that if you are in the region & you want to experience genuine Italian regional cuisine then Al Pugnalone should feature top of your list of places to eat.
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