Time to share with you a taste of Terni, Umbria. Food evokes so many memories. Memories from this mornings strong coffee and naughty pastry to memories of years gone by.  I remember hearing the stern voice of my mum Solidea shouting  ‘Dinners ready’, bellowing up the stairs when my sister and I were children. You’d never see me run so fast, and believe me,  I am no runner!! Today nothings changed, I bellow gently to my children and they come running, especially if pasta is on the menu! Food is what brings friends and families together, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

This is how I felt when I was on my recent trip to Umbria. As soon as the tour guide said lets make our way to lunch or let’s head to the restaurant for dinner, I felt like saying I’ll race ya!  So childish. Clearly I didn’t as that would be incredibly unprofessional. I sat patiently and made sure I was the first one to sit down with my napkin on my knees and knife and fork in a soldier like stance. Pronto per mangiare.

Now tell me. Is there anything better than Italian food? ….I think not. My personal opinion only of course and I am totally bias as I am Italian. But look below, this is a taster of only a small amount of what I had the pleasure of devouring over my three day stay in Terni, Umbria.

Umbria is a mouthwatering region with the capital ‘Perugia’ situated more or less bang in the center of bella Italia. Umbria is blanketed with silvery olive trees over most of its landscape. Over every hilltop and as far as the eye can see. So you can only imagine the quality of the extra virgin olive oil. Lunch seemed to go on forever and dinner time turned into an evening banquet each night. I’m not complaining even though I think by the end of the three days my waist was screaming ‘Get out of there now Carmela’!!

From beautiful deep fried vegetables such as peppers, courgettes and aubergines, to amazing pasta dishes, pork steaks, cured meats, game, risotto and amazing sweet treats. But the star of the region that seemed to appear in most dishes in one form or another was ‘Truffles’, Sometimes I find truffles to be a little over powering, but light thin strips through risotto or shards over my pasta were a simple welcome treat.

Regional dishes from Terni were simply mouthwatering, on this occasion I didn’t get to sample the sausages and lentils but I made up for this with exquisite handmade fresh pasta instead.

I was invited along to ‘Piermarini‘ for a talk about bumpy truffles from Primo (owner) and served a most scrumptious four course meal. Piermarini is nestled between the hills along the Nera valley not far from the famous Marmone falls. If you are in the Terni area of Umbria I would most definitely recommend a visit to ‘Piermarini‘. Primo is passionate, full of knowledge and lives by his work with his dedicated family by his side. On Primo’s estate they also produce olive oil but due to the lack of a robust olive harvest last year they were unable to produce the quantity they were hoping for. This year should be much better.  So a cookery tutor, restaurateur, truffle hunter and olive oil producer, what’s not to love. I enjoyed a delicious meal with the starter of the truffle egg taking center stage. I would most definitely recommend a visit and I am already hungry to return, however next time I will be in search of my sausages and lentils…..

Baci..x