Called in English, “eating farm-to-table”, the Italians call the savoring of fresh foods grown as locally as possible “mangiare kilometro zero”.
Franca at La Fontanella (“the little fountain” – you can see it on the wall just to left of the wooden doors opening to this garden/eating spot) often goes farther afield than a kilometer: I ate there today, relishing the grilled mushrooms she had found on Mt. Subasio – the mountain backdropping our Assisi – just this morning. How to resist her homemade “tagliatelle ai funghi”, made with more of those mountain mushrooms?
The salad included wild greens she had picked. Few people there today (La Fontanella is still a well-kept secret) so Franca joined me for lunch at my table in the garden, overlooking the valley below.
Drop in for lunch or dinner at La Fontanella in Via San Bernardo da Quintovalle when you are next in Assisi. No need to ask what’s on the menu: there will be just one or two dishes cooked by Franca that day, using fresh vegetables, organic meats, local olive oil and wines. Kilometro zero.
Read about another Umbrian “kilometro zero” restaurant.
Read more on Scheggino’s “kilometro zero” good eating
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