Thursday, November 2, 2023

Il Molino


Every once in a while you come across a place that awakens your tastebuds, and your soul.  For years we have come to the town of Spello and eaten at our favorite enoteca, Enoteca Properzio, and enjoyed their hospitality and community.  Next door was a restaurant called Il Molino.  This was a restaurant that people from all over Italy would come to for its fine food and atmosphere in this tiny hill town. For years it was tired and then closed due to Covid.   It was eventually sold and is now under new local management, with a new chef, a wine list curated by Enoteca Properzio, and a beautiful traditional renovation, keeping the integrity of the old mill.

Many of these hill towns were once mill towns, here in Spello there is an aqueduct at the top of the hill that supplied the water for the mills, and Il Molino still has the millstone outside its door.  Inside the renovation is spectacular, with beautiful tables, a wine vault that is a jewel box, and lovely lighting.  

A small menu of local favorites with a twist awaits diners here.  I am a huge fan of the souffles that the Italians make, so I opted for the potato souffle.

                        A bottle of local Rosso from Montefalco accompanied our lunch.  

                        Our main courses were steak, and lamb chops, which were excellent.  


Beef Tartar

Roasted potatoes--no one does them better than the Italians

Pacchiere with white ragu

Pasta, pesto, burrata, tomatoes

Lamb Chops

And, there is always room for dessert! We opted for the pistachio creme brulee, tiramisu lollipops and chocolate souffle which were delicious! 
Tiramisu Lollipops

Chocolate souffle

Pistachio Creme Brulee

Our Chef Valeria

I always tell people there are 3 reasons to come to Spello: one is Enoteca Properzio the top wine bar in Umbria, and one of the top 3 in Italy; the Roman villa mosaics in the museum at the bottom of the hill, and the Pinturicchio frescoes in the cathedral.  Now there is a fourth reason to come:  Il Molino offers a delicious slice of Umbria in a beautiful setting.  Put it on your list.  Ciao for now.