10 Things to eat in Perugia and where

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The king of Perugia's products is chocolate, thanks also to the presence of the Perugina company, producer of the famous bacio chocolate. Every year in mid-October the Eurochocolate is held, an unmissable festival dedicated exclusively to chocolate that attracts thousands of visitors from all over Italy.
However, chocolate is not the only gastronomic specialty of Perugia. The traditional cuisine is full of tasty dishes that stand out for their simplicity and for the use of products from crops and farms in the area. All at 0 km! Game is also very popular and is cooked in a simple and homemade way. Finally, the protagonist of the tables is the black truffle from Norcia which is used to flavor first courses and appetizers. Today we want to introduce you 10 specialties to try absolutely during your stay in Perugia.


  1. Gnocchi with goose sauce
  2. Umbricelli with Rancetto
  3. Stringozzi with Norcia black truffle
  4. Palombacci alla Perugina
  5. Gobbi alla perugina
  6. Brustegnolo
  7. Torta al Testo
  8. Ciarmicola
  9. Torcolo Di San Costanzo
  10. Impastoiata
  11. Bonus - Chocolate
  12. Where to eat in Perugia: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  13. User questions and comments

1 - Gnocchi with goose sauce

A Perugian specialty that has been handed down from generation to generation are the potato gnocchi prepared by hand e seasoned with goose sauce.
The condiment based on tomato, garlic, pieces of young goose and semi-seasoned pecorino has a very delicate but tasty flavor. For those who don't like gnocchi, stringhiozzi are usually offered, another type of pasta that goes perfectly with this sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: potato gnocchi (with eggs and flour), goose, pecorino cheese, tomato

2 - Umbricelli with Rancetto

E' a type of homemade pasta similar to spaghetti (but a little bigger) very consumed in Perugia and in certain areas of Umbria. The name umbricelli is to be attributed to the shape which, elongated and squat, recalls earthworms; in other areas of Umbria however they are called "strozzapreti" to remember the anticlerical period during the papal domination.
They come seasoned with this tomato sauce, bacon and grated pecorino. An ancient dish of the tasty and complete tradition.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: umbricelli, pancetta, tomato, marjoram, garlic, onion, pecorino

3 - Stringozzi with Norcia black truffle

Also called strangozzi, they are a type of handmade pasta with an irregular shape, similar to shoelaces that are prepared only with soft wheat flour, water and salt and cooked in abundant salted water.
The typical sauce is based on melted butter and abundant grated black truffle which must come strictly from Norcia.
In the past they were prepared especially at Christmas and Carnival and seasoned with a spicy tomato sauce, while today it is possible to enjoy them all year round and the tastiest version is with truffles.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: ragu, melted butter, black truffle

4 - Palombacci alla Perugina

Traditional dish are i palombacci, ie wild pigeons which are cooked in terracotta containers.
Before being cooked, the birds are salted and peppered both inside and outside, stuffed with an egg and sausage filling and then wrapped in slices of ham and put into containers.
Cooking was once done on a wood fire, today baked in the oven for 20 minutes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: wild pigeon, ham, sausage, eggs

5 - Gobbi alla perugina

This dish, served both as a side dish and as a main dish, is based on thistles; These vegetables are marinated in oil, lemon and parsley.
Then, inside a baking tray, layers are formed with the thistles, the meat sauce and the Parmesan cheese, composing a sort of parmigiana where this typical vegetable is put in place of aubergines the area.
Gobbi alla Perugina are a great classic of Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas lunch in Umbrian families.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: cardoons, meat sauce, parmesan

6 - Brustegnolo

This dessert of the Perugian tradition it has poor origins but is very good and appreciated; once it was prepared exclusively in the autumn period, but today it is produced throughout the year.
Made from corn flour, extensively grown cereal, which is processed with olive oil and water and enriched with apples, dried fruit and a drop of liqueur.
The result it's a simple cake but very tasty that today is also found in the pastry shops and bakeries of the city.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, dessert, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00 per slice
  • Main ingredients: corn flour, apples, oil, dried fruit, liqueur

7 - Torta al Testo

It is a very ancient bread, unleavened widespread in Umbria that was born as an alternative to bread in peasant families.
The name "testo" derives from the surface on which the focaccias were once cooked, a brick tile used in ancient Rome.
Based on water, flour, bicarbonate and salt is eaten alone or stuffed with ham, sausage, porchetta, stracchino, rocket or cooked vegetables.

  • Recommended to: snack, always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, water, bicarbonate, salt

8 - Ciarmicola

It is the typical Perugian Easter cake which knows numerous variants all similar to each other.

The basis is a simple red donut (due to the presence of the Alchermes liqueur), on which a white meringue is poured, adorned with colored sugared almondsOriginally this delicacy symbolized Perugia with its 5 districts which were represented with confetti of different colors to be placed on top of the meringue that represented the city.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,50 per slice
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, sugar, liqueur, milk, butter, oil, yeast, egg whites, sugared almonds

9 - Torcolo of San Costanzo

It is a dessert of the poor tradition, this donut which takes its name from the first bishop of Perugia and which is prepared on January 29, for the feast day of San Costanzo, one of the patrons of the city.

The story tells that on the feast day the rich congregations bought many cakes to distribute to the poor while today in the Monteluce district bakers and pastry chefs donate slices of torcolo to the citizens.
Raisins and pine nuts are added to the dough of the classic donut.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 1,00 per slice
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, sugar, yeast, raisins and pine nuts

10 - Impastoiata

This typical dish dates back to the Middle Ages when peasant families often consumed it, as it was a cheap and quick food to make.
It is a simple one corn polenta, served with boiled beans and tomato sauce. It is a tasty and very energetic single dish.
It is often accompanied by slices of stale bread to be dipped in polenta to soften it.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: polenta, tomato, beans

Bonus - Chocolate

Chocolate deserves a special mention. Not only "Perugina", the historic brand born in 1907 in the city, but over the years numerous other companies, pastry shops and schools have developed, run by master chocolatiers who work and produce this "black gold".
Of different types, chocolate is the protagonist of the tables: dark, milk, with hazelnuts, stuffed. To eat or drink hot, the important thing is that it is artisanal.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 4,00
  • Main ingredients:chocolate

Where to eat in Perugia: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

If you want to taste the typical cuisine in Perugia you are spoiled for choice.
In the city there are many restaurants, taverns and trattorias serving traditional dishes, in some cases even revisited, always accompanied by excellent glasses of wine.
Depending on what you want to spend, you can choose different solutions and even street food lovers will be able to satisfy their palate. Here are the best places to eat in Perugia:

1 - Osteria a Priori

  • Description: 0 km traditional dishes from Perugia. The romantic atmosphere is the setting for good food
  • specialty: potato gnocchi with Sagrantino, shredded with truffles, a priori platter
  • Average price: from € 22,00 per person
  • Address: via dei Priori, 39, Get directions; Tel 075 572 7098; Website

2 - The Perugia Workshop

  • Description: it is a sandwich shop where you can taste typical products and meats
  • specialty: sandwiches with local psalms, mixed platters, cheeses
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Francesco Morlacchi, 4, Get directions; Tel 075 573 2965; Website

3 - Dal Mi Cocco Restaurant

  • Description: this rustic restaurant offers homemade Umbrian dishes with a fixed menu (which changes every week)
  • specialty: first courses with truffles, game
  • Average price: from € 13,00 per person
  • Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 12; Get directions; Tel 075 573 2511; Facebook page

4 - Osteria i Birbi

  • Description: the restaurant offers homemade cuisine, managed by the wonderful Signora Armanda
  • specialty: cappelletti alla carbonara, taglierini with quail, dried tomatoes and pistachio, crispy duck.
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: ia Battlefield, 12; Get directions; Tel 075 988 9041; Website

5 - Antica Salumeria Granieri

  • Description: small kiosk that has been handed down for 4 generations and is also considered by the locals to be the paradise of wood-fired pork
  • specialty: pork
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Matteotti Kiosk; Get directions; Tel +39 335 547 3909

6 - Cukuc

  • Description: perfect place to taste the Torta al Testo both in the classic version and in the integral version with many fillings
  • specialty: al testo cake with pork neck chop, al testo cake with Norcia ham
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: via Ariodante Barteri 2c; Get directions; Tel 39 075 500 2437; Website

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