A taste of Italy: Umbria Agriturismo il Mandoleto

2016-05-25T00:53:50+00:003 June 2012|cafes & restaurants, Food and drink, Italy|

By Alexandra Redisch in Umbria
Mandoleto - winter garden

Hello there, Alex here – again.

During my recent visit in gorgeous Umbria, we stopped off for lunch at Agriturismo Il Mandoleto – a farm with apartments and a restaurant near Perugia. It was hands down one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

We were greeted in a winter garden where we had appetizers: prosecco, anchovie sandwiches, prosciutto ham and pecorino cheese. Oh, the cheese…

Agriturismo il Mandoleto - ham Agriturismo il Mandoleto - cheese

At this Umbria agriturismo they grow their own vegetables and make their own pasta – which was delicious, by the way, and the portion just the right size.

Agriturismo il Mandoleto - pasta

Sadly for you, I was enjoying my food so much I forgot the cardinal rule of food blogging: Photograph EVERYTHING you eat! I can, however, show you a picture of the spread that awaited us when we arrived:

Agriturismo il Mandoleto - spread

… and the adorable carver:

Agriturismo il Mandoleto - carver

We were meant to tour of the estate, but because of the rain this was cancelled. I was a bit sad; it would have been fun to amble about the vegetable garden and seen some pasta making. All in all though, it was a truly delicious meal, the staff was extremely friendly, the surroundings beautiful – in short, a delightful experience. I’m using tons of adjectives on purpose here, because this place was just that good!

A big thumbs up for Agriturismo Il Mandoleto!

Agriturismo il Mandoleto

Disclosure: I was in Umbria as a guest of the Umbria Regional Tourism Board. However, as always, all thoughts and words are mine, all mine.

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About the Author:

One of the kids in ‘travel with kids’, avid traveller, mystery writer, chocoholic, currently working on a WWII biography.


  1. Cathy Sweeney 3 June 2012 at 1934 - Reply

    That’s saying quite a lot about a place if it served the “best” you ever had! It certainly looks like a great spot. I know what you mean about taking photos. I almost always forget to take the pics before I start eating. Then it doesn’t look so appetizing.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0941 - Reply

      I forget that, too. Would be difficult to be a food blogger.

  2. Courtney Mroch 3 June 2012 at 1942 - Reply

    Is that the prosciutto he’s slicing? That looks AMAZING!!!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0941 - Reply

      Looks yummy, doesn’t it?

  3. ItalianNotes 3 June 2012 at 2053 - Reply

    Sounds great – though I miss a map to show me where exactly I’ll find this wonderful agriturismo (without having to dig too deep down in the link:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0942 - Reply

      I’ll get on the map, then 🙂

  4. Umbria on the Blog 4 June 2012 at 1737 - Reply

    Who wouldn’t fall a little in love with the mustachioed prosciutto czar?!?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0942 - Reply

      Alex thought he was absolutely adorable 🙂

  5. Marlys 4 June 2012 at 1859 - Reply

    Ah, yes, Italy and food. I’d rather have Italian than French, really. All that pasta ….

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0943 - Reply

      It’s a bit easier, Italian food; less formal, somehow…

  6. Leigh 4 June 2012 at 2206 - Reply

    I almost always forget to take the food photos before I’ve dug in – same with the hotel rooms before I’ve made a mess.
    Lucky you – just the sound of the food you enjoyed seems devine.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0944 - Reply

      She had a good first blog trip, Alex 🙂

  7. I seem to forget to photograph everything too! You photos of Umbria show an amazing part of Italy and the food looks scrumptious too. I agree, the meat carver is very cute 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0945 - Reply

      I have to make a very conscious effort to remember.

  8. As a fellow pasta lover, I can relate with being far too concerned with digging into the food to take a picture. But you seem to have gotten a few in! Looks and sounds like a fantastic meal. I’d love to try it some day.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0945 - Reply


  9. Michael Figueiredo 5 June 2012 at 0200 - Reply

    This looks like the perfect day in the perfect place. Yum!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0946 - Reply

      That’s Umbria 🙂

  10. Sorry to hear the tour got canceled, but it looks like the eats more than made up for it:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0947 - Reply

      Looks like it did.

  11. Sara 5 June 2012 at 1315 - Reply

    Wow what a delightful experience you had! The pasta looks really good! I hope I was there too! 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0947 - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Cole @ Four Jandals 5 June 2012 at 1733 - Reply

    Hahaha we are ALWAYS halfway through our meal before we remember to take photos of the food! Not great when you have half of it missing on your plate 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0948 - Reply

      Doesn’t look quite the same half eaten, does it?

  13. robin 11 June 2012 at 1253 - Reply

    That looks like my kind of eating. Mouth watering piece!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0949 - Reply

      I imagine there’s lots of mouth watering eats in southern Spain, too, Robin 🙂

  14. InsideJourneys 12 June 2012 at 0340 - Reply

    It happens more often that you think, Alexandra. Sometimes the food is so appealing, the first thing I think about is eating! The photos you got are lovely.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 at 0950 - Reply

      Alex is busy travelling, so I’ll say thank you instead 🙂

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