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Osteria del Gambero, Perugia

8 Via Baldeschi
Italy 06123
Tel: 39 075 573 5461's insider take:

Umbria's regional capital, Perugia, has never quite had the restaurants to match its vibrant, cultured image. This lively, reasonably priced place on a medieval lane behind the Duomo comes closest to capturing the spirit of the city, with its bohemian-bistro vibe and unfussy focus on good food and wine. The jazzy soundtrack and artistic presentation of dishes may hint at style over substance, but dishes like pork filet cooked in Colonnata lard with caramelized onions and apple cider vinegar are actually very good. The service—at times a single waitperson—can get overwhelmed when the dining room's busy, but you can always order a bottle from the excellent wine list to tide you over till the food arrives.

Dinner only. Closed Mondays, the last two weeks in January, and the last two weeks in June.

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