San Feliciano Umbria

18 May

After many years in Cortona, I thought we had visited most towns and villages that surround Lake Trasimeno, but not surprisingly, there is always another gem to discover. Knowing we love fresh fish, some friends suggested we head to Ristorante Da Massimo in San Feliciano, Umbria. The restaurant is nestled on a quiet hill overlooking the lake.

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Meet Massimo, chef and proprietor of this over 25 year-old restaurant.

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We began with appetizers, and they were so good, we jumped right in and I didn’t get photos. Len and I shared an enormous plate of spaghetti con vongole (clams), one of the best we have eaten in Italy, while our friends shared a mixed seafood appetizer – first cold seafood then hot.

While this is not what we ate, I was able to get a photo of this spaghetti with mixed seafood.

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For our second course, Len and I shared grilled spigola, or sea bass, and it was delicious!

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Our friends ordered the oven roasted version with potatoes and olives.

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To accompany our meal, we drank a light sparkling white wine, perfect with seafood.

After coffee, we decided to take a walk in the town. From Cortona, the winding scenic ride along the lake eventually brings you to this small fishing village, perhaps “on the map” as it is one of the places you can catch a ferry to Isola Polvese in the lake. San Feliciano is about 35-45 kilometers from Cortona, depending on your route.

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Being that it was a weekday, and not quite summer, the town was quiet and we had much of it to ourselves. Not sure how busy it gets in summer, but there are campgrounds nearby, so our timing was perfect. In addition, in late July each year, the town hosts the annual Festa del Giacchio, a festival that pays tribute to an old fishing technique dating back to Etruscan times. Although the technique is no longer used on the lake, during the festival there are demonstrations, competitions, and opportunities to participate in all kinds of events.

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Len has long wanted to rent a small boat and fish in Lake Trasimeno, and San Feliciano seems to fit the bill perfectly. Perhaps the best part for me is that Len can throw back whatever he catches, and after a relaxing day, we can all eat well at Ristorante Da Massimo, no fish cleaning or cooking required.

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Ristorante Da Massimo and San Feliciano, two great additions to our list of favorite places!

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Ciao,
Judy

19 Responses to “San Feliciano Umbria”

  1. Loren May 18, 2017 at 8:48 AM #

    How wonderful! What a picture perfect day. I hope that next time there will be fishing in Lake Trasimeno!

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  2. Connelly, Vincent J. May 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM #

    Great that after all these years in the area you’re still finding new restaurants that are exciting

    Vincent J. Connelly

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    • blogginginitaly May 18, 2017 at 9:29 AM #

      So true, and especially one that specializes in seafood, although they have meat dishes and pizza too!

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  3. Dominic Mosca May 18, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    Looks like a good time

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  4. Jean May 18, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    Judy that is PERFECT! Seafood makes up a large part of our diet here in LA and, even though the meat is wonderful in Cortona, we missed seafood. We usually feed that craving by going to a favorite restaurant in Fiumincino on our way in and out but now you have given us a new source. Many thanks!

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  5. Ann Frierson May 18, 2017 at 10:53 AM #

    Joe and I will try San Felicianio for sure when we are there in June. Thank you!

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  6. Marisa's Italian Kitchen May 18, 2017 at 5:42 PM #

    That sea bass looks amazing!!! Beautiful photos as always 😊

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    • blogginginitaly May 19, 2017 at 2:38 AM #

      Thanks, and I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of the spaghetti con vongole. Other than in Monreale, Sicily, it was the best we have ever had!

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  7. Royce Larsen May 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM #

    Thank you for sharing this
    Culinary treat
    The presentation was
    remarkable

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  8. Florence Larsen May 19, 2017 at 4:14 PM #

    Oh my god – I’m drooling over the fish ! Gorgeous place – Happy early birthday !! Xoxox

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  9. Bobbie Morgan May 19, 2017 at 6:50 PM #

    Sounds terrific. We’ll definitely try it in September !!! Always exciting to find new go to places to add to our list 😍

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  10. Hilary Martinez June 5, 2017 at 6:58 PM #

    Looks so appealing !!!!! Gustavo asks whether Len has gone ahead with plans to write his book? Sending best regards to you both. Affectionately, Gustavo and Hilary

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