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What’s New In Umbria? (Part One)

I am Simone Proietti Pesci, the chef of the restaurant and when you come to visit me in Bevagna you can taste the real Umbrian cuisine.

Le Delizie del Borgo is my restaurant in Bevagna inside the park, Filippo Silvestri.

The park is a special place to eat. We have table outside under the shadow of the trees and beautiful light during the evening. Some of our favorite dishes right now are handmade pasta with local fresh truffles, porcini mushroom salad and pasta with fava beans.

We have planted a garden in the backyard of the restaurant.  We have aromatic herbs and all the veggies come from our garden.

We are available for  cooking classes and private dinners in the restaurant and also at Bill and Suzy’s farmhouse, la Fattoria del Gelso, where you can celebrate your weddings and special events.  This summer we are hosting our first wedding at their farmhouse (can’t wait to share the photos with you!)

During the summer we have music in the park.  July 7th we have a concert and dinner, July 22nd a Jazz trio with dinner and the end of August Lola Swing will be playing.

Come party with us in the park.

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Chef Simone Reflections

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.

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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!

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Chef Simone Proietti-Pesci is a beloved and respected ambassador of Umbrian cuisine and lifestyle.  He is the Chef and Owner of the ...

Photodiary: Food and Wine Tour

After a day of gathering, walking, and eating, what’s a slightly jet-lagged crew to do?

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Head to Bevagna for the classic ritual of #spritzoclockin the restaurant of our good friend, restaurant owner, and chef Simone

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Our group nestled into the evening hour, apperitivo drinks in hand.

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And with a little visit from Salvatore, the hour was complete.

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Then back to the nearby Fattoria Del Gelso, where our caretaker Marco was busy prepping a simple Umbrian dinner.

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After a perfect, and perfectly tiring day, what you really need is a home-cooked meal and some local wine.

 

Stay tuned to see where our crew is off to tomorrow!

 

Ci Vediamo!

 

Via Umbria

 

 

 

 

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Sunday with Simone

Aperitif with Simone Proietti Pesci

As the Menards have said before, Sunday is for Simone. 

This past Sunday I ventured out for lunch with Frances at Simone’s renovated restaurant. Having never seen his old restaurant, I was impressed by the freshness and modernity of his new place. When commenting on how small the kitchen is, he told me this new one is three times larger that his former one! While at first this seemed impossible, I soon remembered that Simone is the only person working in this kitchen.

He preps the dishes, cooks them, makes their presentation, and sometimes washes the dishes. From start to finish, the things you eat are 100% Simone. And so when you are eating a dish from Simone, you are also eating something he is proud of.

And so lunch commenced. We left the menu up to Simone, and were pleased, as usual. A perfect DiFilippo rose was consumed by all. Upon leaving, he asked if I would come back to help for dinner, which I accepted with enthusiasm.

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He made some fresh pasta for the night, and then a massive thunderstorm set in. A bit nervous that perhaps there would be no crowd for the night, (and it being the aperitivo hour), we had a spritz. But alas, people showed up, and Simone cooked away, preparing dish after dish himself for his happy customers. He even convinced me to eat a snail ( I have been a vegetarian since birth)…and I will admit it was good.  It all was a delight to witness.

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And what would a Simone post be without a recipe? Yet again, we will bring you a zucchini recipe, appearing on the blog tomorrow!

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Ci Vediamo!

—-Elsa

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As the Menards have said before, Sunday is for Simone.  This past Sunday I ventured out for lunch with Frances at Simone’s renovated ...

Scarfing Down Life in Bevagna

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I can’t exactly remember when we first met Claudio Cutuli. But I’m glad we did. Bevagna, the small Roman-medieval village that is a ...