To tell the truth, Pino didn’t order the homemade tagliatelle al tartufo nero to support Norcia’s post-quake economy but just because he loves truffles! At lunchtime, during our early January visit to Norcia, we found a favorite restaurant closed. A local recommended Il Tartufo just opposite a scaffolded medieval arch (damaged in the late October 2016 earthquake) and near the farmacia, now in a pre-fab.
After owner/host Franco took our order, he and Pino talked about the Norcia earthquake challenges. Franco showed us a photo of their restaurant in the centro storico, closed now until restoration resurrects it. He and his family can make a living in their pre-fab restaurant as theirs is now one of only four in Norcia: there were once fifteen restaurants.
Enticements on the menu were many. Pino did not hesitate on his choice of tagliatelle al tartufo and I decided to try the cappelli con fave e pecorino (“hats with fava beans and pecorino cheese”). Those huge ravioli made with a cream of fava beans in the dough and stuffed with sheep’s milk cheese were buonissimi.
…..and may this be a Happy New Year for the norcini, too: restoration is due to start this spring.
Read about another great spot for truffles – and not only! -in Norcia
Click here to read about other adventures during this January visit to Norcia
Read about Norcia’s earthquake devastation
Read about Assisi’s solidarity with earthquaked Norcia