Il Cenacolo
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A Tiny Authentic Restaurant in Norcia, Italy
This tiny restaurant is as authentic as it gets. There are a whopping four tables inside and you can see the kitchen happenings right from your seat. It’s also a no frills kind of place. You grab a placemat, a paper plate and some recyclable plastic cutlery and fill out your menu paper. Luckily the server (we think she was the chef’s wife) gave us a hand. The menu changes from day to day but includes fresh, rustic, regional food. When your food is ready, the chef calls you to pick it up from the little window and you dig in. We started with a sampler plate of the local cured meats (of course) and cheese. Heaven. Next up were two deceptively simple pastas: creamy, cheesy goodness for me, and asparagus and bacon for my husband. Perfection. I was pleasantly full by this point but hubby was ready to go one more round. He was in his happy place. Despite the simple looking restaurant and food, this was one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. It was a good reminder that fantastic food doesn’t need to be fancy.
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