Chef Simone Proietti-Pesci is a beloved and respected ambassador of Umbrian cuisine and lifestyle. He is the Chef and Owner of the acclaimed Le Delizie del Borgo restaurant in Bevagna, Italy. Le Delizie del Borgo is nestled in a quaint corner of the medieval Bevagna’s main piazza, and serves as a magnet for gastronomes, attracting diners from afar with his menu of traditional and modern dishes and a wine list that draws from multiple Italian regions, including Umbria, Tuscany, and Piedmont. On top of this, Chef Simone and his restaurant are a featured host and attraction of our Umbrian Food & Wine Tours.
We are sad to see Chef Simone leave but we know he will be back! Before he departed, we were able to sit down and hear his reflections about his time at Via Umbria:
What does it mean for you to be able to come to Via Umbria and cook?
It is an honor to be able to cook true “la vera cucina italiana” in the United States, and especially here at Via Umbria.
What are your thoughts on Italian food culture in the US?
I have found that there some restaurants that are gems like Via Umbria that create what I believe to be true Italian food, and they teach the American people how the should should really be and taste. This is in comparison to traditional Italian-American cuisine which is a different thing and includes classics like Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Alfredo.
What is your favorite aspect of Via Umbria?
My favorite aspects of Via Umbria are the true authenticity that is apparent throughout the store, restaurant and cafe. Also the people!
What is your favorite part of Washington DC?
Definitely 14th Street and Georgetown. I think those two are my favorites!
What do you miss most about Italy when you are in the US?
I miss the simplicity of getting around and of daily life, everything in Bevagna is 5 minutes away. I also miss the overall quality of life in Umbria, it is just different there.
Do you miss anything about the US when you return to Italy?
When I am in Italy, I miss the city itself, Washington DC and also my American family, the Menards!