Restaurant Review: Locanda Appennino

R E S T A U R A N T     R E V I E W S

SR = Strongly Recommend 
HR = Highly Recommend 
LE = Look Elsewhere

L O C A N D A   A P P E N N I N O
Via L. Grilli 19/21, 06019 Umbertide
Tel: 075 3536585

We have been visiting Umbertide for many years now but have not eaten at Locanda Appennino until this past year. We read many glowing reviews about Appennino's on TripAdvisor and wanted to check the restaurant out for ourselves. Appennino's is located just off the main square in Old Umbertide and is easy to get to. Reservations are suggested especially on a Friday or Saturday evening.

We stopped by Appennino's a couple days in advance to make reservations and noticed how elegant the decor was. Inside the main room is a tastefully designed space with plenty of dining tables. In the back area there is a terrace overlooking the Tiber river that is lined with beautiful flower pots and slightly overgrown vines. The back terrace is where one should request to dine as it is truly elegant and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Inside dining area
Terrace dinning area

When we arrived at the restaurant we were warmly greeted by the waitress and seated in the back terrace area (to our delight). We were the first customers which gave us a good chance to look around and get a better feel of the restaurant. Our first impression of the restaurant was a good one. We loved the setting and the atmosphere. Dining in the terrace part of the restaurant really felt like we were in a very elegant setting. 

Trying to decide what to order

A recent review (read review HERE) on TripAdvisor mentioned that the service did not meet expectations. Indeed, it is important to point out that some of our family friends who ate at Appennino's recently conveyed to us that the waitress was a bit "surly". In our experience, however, we did not find any issues with our service or our waitress. While not as social as the waiters at Lo Sberleffo, Poggiomanente or Calagrana, the waitress was both pleasant and efficient. She seemed genuinely happy to interact with our two children which was nice to see. 

The food we ordered was very good and it was evident that the ingredients used were both fresh and flavorful. The presentation was beautiful and it was apparent that care went into making and preparing every single dish. We started out the meal with a breaded salad which was nice and refreshing. Because our son loves cheeses we decided to get the selection of aged fresh cheeses with their own preserves which was exquisite. We ordered the Ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and bacon which was a tasty combination.We also ordered tender slices of grilled chianina beef which came with a side of fries. This was cooked just right so as not to dampen the flavor of the chianina beef and the fries complimented the dish nicely. Lastly, we ordered a fish dish and we were pleasantly surprised to see that the fillet of turbo w/ porcini mushrooms on a bed of puree of fresh peas was fresh and delicious.

Selection of aged fresh cheeses with their own preserves
Ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and bacon
Our son's standard pasta with butter & parmesan

We would not hesitate to eat at Locanda Appennino again. We enjoyed the setting and atmosphere. The food was tasty and the service was pleasant. If you are staying in or passing through Umbertide then we would strongly recommend [SR] eating at Locanda Appennino.

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