OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicale Restaurant Review – Menu Born of Food Adventure

There is absolutely nothing in the meal that suggests that Osteria Il Gallo Nel Pozzo’s husband/wife team—Chef Lorena and manager Simone —need schooling.  The food and local wine is, in this travel writing team's opinion, absolutely delicious, from beginning to end. Yet, when the post-meal conversation goes there you can see Simone’s eyes light up.. Every year the couple closes their locanda down for a few days to take in another culinary school adventure. They hope to find new textures and other innovative touches. This year, they are taking classes with a famed Spanish chef.

Food Adventurers

You quickly see—and taste-- that food adventure is a big part of the couple’s life. They had determined that there were at least 90 permutations of the earthy egg and truffle dish that we sampled, and each day they tried five, varying the cooking temperature degree by degree. Food is obviously a strongly shared passion.

You probably won’t be the first guest who marvels at how well Simone married. The back story is that they met as a friend’s joke of sorts, who got them accidentally messaging and then talking on their mobiles. Something clicked by phone, and after two years of this building rapport, they met in Rome, and…fifteen years later the rest is history…

OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
Brioche with pumpkin and pistacchio and chicken liver pate with wine sauce
OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
Egg slow poached in a vacuum with cheese cream, onions and black truffles from South Umbria and almonds. The pistacchio adds a nut flourish to the wine sauce.
OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
Lorena's Sicilian roots come to play in this cannoli made with orange zest, pistacchio cream, ricotta cheese, and a lemon (cedro) cream
OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
These are called "cappelletto" - little hats
OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
The cappelleto are filled with braised meats--beef and porchetta

Though there must have been a lot of renovation, it doesn’t surprise to learn that Il Gallo nel Pozzo’s space was a Panicale apartment until 1990. It’s homey, welcoming and comfy. That doesn’t stop this innovative couple from getting into mixing it all up all the time. This year the walls will get a new color. Every three years the china will be changed.

OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali

Il Gallo nel Pozzo is a Favorite Among American Tourists To Umbria

Though the menu likely includes many recipes you likely have never tasted before, it doesn’t surprise to learn that nearly a third of the customers come from America. If you are touring Umbria Il Gallo nel Pozzo is one of the top picks for a satisfying meal.

OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicale
Simone shows the cedro fruit that his Southern Italian in-laws sourced for the menu
OSTERIA IL GALLO NEL POZZO Panicali
Lemon cider and cream made from the cedro, sourced via Lorena's family in the South of Italy

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

To make reservations visit the Il Gallo nel Pozzo website.

Dining at this locanda is also arranged by:

Chiara’s Podere Molinaccio website;

Raffa’s Poggio del Pero website;

 

 

 

Both are members of the Divertimento Group.

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