Valle di Assisi - 4 star Hotel Assisi - Spa Hotel Assisi - Resort Assisi

The Umbrian territory preserves a rich food and wine heritage, the son of a flourishing and very green region. If it is true that cured meats, artisanal cheeses, meat dishes and lake fish appear very often on our tables, the truly typical products in Umbria have vegetable origin. The fruits of the earth and the sun, genuine raw materials capable of releasing memorable scents.

Spelt, honey, extra virgin olive oil and truffles are some Umbrian excellences that also enrich the menu of the Recanto restaurant at Hotel Valle di Assisi.


The oldest cereal


Spelt is an ancient cereal, known in Italy as early as the Bronze Age, when it was an important part of the Roman army's provisioning. Later it was used as a bargaining chip, so great was its value perceived. Today a fundamental food of the Umbrian tradition, the variety of Monteleone di Spoleto PDO spelt is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as really tasty.

On Umbrian tables, this cereal is best enjoyed in legume soups, salads, as a base for polenta, in the dough of bread and focaccia or in traditional desserts. In short, from an apparently simple ingredient, regional cuisine knows how to draw recipes worthy of sumptuous banquets.


Sweetness in a jar


Umbria is the green heart of Italy and the luxuriant vegetation is the ideal condition for the production of honey, another typical product. In the areas of Norcia, Gubbio, Colfiorito and Città di Castello it is very easy for bees to find pollen from different types of flowers and turn it into sweet nectar. Umbrian beekeeping originates with the first civilizations settled in the region and has been handed down by the Etruscans and Romans, until it is refined to the present day. The most common varieties of honey in Umbria are chestnut honey, dark with red tones and intense and bitter hints, acacia honey, lighter and pleasantly liquid, sunflower honey, bright yellow in colour and delicate taste, and wildflower honey, the most loved, different according to the pollen involved in the production.

In addition to sweetening coffee and herbal teas, our honey is a versatile ingredient in sweet preparations and garnishes delicious traditional delicacies, such as Carnival strufoli.


Delicious fruit of the earth


Ours is a land of choice for the collection of truffles, a true gem of the local undergrowth. There are three main types available in Umbria: the very rare white truffle, the precious black truffle and the summer scorsone truffle. The white one is harvested from October to December but few examples are born, it is very delicate and ennobles every first course, sprinkled in thin strips, strictly raw.

The black truffle ripens from March to November, has a rough and dark surface, but inside it contains a strong taste and unexpected details. The black truffle of Norcia, for example, has a dark pulp but with splendid white veins, once cooked it intensifies the already robust fragrance and satisfies every palate. Finally, the summer scorsone grows from May to August, has a black and jagged surface and hazelnut-colored pulp.


Oil rhymes with gold


The plant that probably best represents our region is the olive tree, just think of the twig, symbol of peace and icon of the faith of St. Francis of Assisi. Umbria boasts the ideal climatic and geomorphological conditions for the cultivation of olives and the production of a noble extra virgin olive oil with fruity scents.

There are three varieties widespread in our territory in specific areas: Moraiolo (Colli Assisi-Spoleto), Leccino (Colli Orvietani) and Frantoio (Colli Martani - Colli Amerini - Colli del Trasimeno). The characteristics of these cultivars diverge slightly for aromatic and gustatory notes, but the precious nutritional properties remain unchanged. Local oil is the perfect finishing touch for soups and cold dishes, it replaces butter in summer dishes, sprinkled on freshly baked bread makes it an irresistible snack.

These are just some of the best known uses of Umbrian green gold, come and discover the others at our Recanto restaurant.


Latest Post

Let’s bake the scented cookies with Valle’s oil

Discover more

Spelt, honey, truffle, oil: the sons of Umbria land

Discover more

Umbria and Chocolate, an indissoluble love story

Discover more