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Orvieto excellent restaurant: Hostaria Posterula

During a two night stay in Aug 2019 my wife and I had dinner at two Orvieto restaurants. One (which is in the Rick Steves 2019 Italy guidebook) was a notch below forgettable - so I won't mention it here.

The other, Hostaria Posterula, was an excellent experience. Great food in charming ambiance with warm service. We found Hostaria Posterula in the Italian slow food restaurant book "osterie d'Italia guida 2019." Located an easy 5 minute walk from Orvieto's town center toward the funicular. No tourists besides us when we dined. Menu in Italian only.

FOOD: Excellent. One of the best places we dined during our 3 weeks in Italy. The chef came out and checked on us after each dish.
- Caprese con mozzarella di bufala e pomodori arrosto: 5.0. The buffalo mozzarella was incredibly light and pleasing, and was delivered on a bed of arugula. The tomatoes were sweet and fresh - and served warm with herbs. After we raved to him about the mozzarella, the chef smiled and said it was the best in Italy, from near Pompeii.
- Umbrichelli al tartufo nero: 5.0. Black truffles with house-made pasta. We split one order. Outstanding, and the (reasonably-priced) local sangiovese wine the restaurant suggested paired very well.
- Ossobuco all'orvietana: 4.0. We split one order between us. Excellent.
- Zuppa inglese: 4.5. Dessert. The chef explained that this "English Soup" dessert was a legacy of the British presence during WW2. Light and not-too-sweet.

AMBIANCE: Indoor and outdoor seating. Interior nicely done, and looked new. Slow sensual jazz at background volume.

SERVICE: Friendly and prompt. Chef checked on us with each course, and provided us a warm goodbye.

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Wow, sounds great. Thanks, Jeff. Also thanks for the book recommendation. I'll look for it.

Edit to add: I see this is an annual publication. Do you know when we can expect to see the 2020 edition? Although I suppose the 2019 would serve as well next year.

And do you subscribe to the newsletter?

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Hi Jane. I was able to order the book off of Amazon. It was delivered from Amazon Italy to me here in the States with minimal shipping cost. Even if one cannot read Italian (I can't) it is easy-to-use.

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Jane: I think the 2020 edition will become available in Sep 2019, because the 2019 edition states that the final printing was in Sep 2018.

What newsletter are you referring to?

Jeff

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Jeff, I googled the book title, and followed a link. One of the choices on the ordering page was "Sign up for our newsletter?" I backed out, thinking I'd check with you before continuing. And now I can't seem to find that screen again.

I think it was the Slow Food Italy newsletter. It's in Italian, but I do have a little Italian.

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Jane, I hadn't heard of the newsletter, and am not signed up for it.
BTW, though I used the print edition because I made notes in it, there are Android and iPhone versions that can be purchased; the Android version is in Google Play: [2/2020: deleting URL to 2019 edition of Android app it is no longer available, as the 2020 version has been posted in Google Play.]

FYI on the book contents and organization:

  • It is arranged by region, which then break down by city, and then restaurants. Each restaurant is summarized in 3 paragraphs. The first paragraph provides address, phone number, days and hours open (including holidays it is closed), approximate price, and method of payment. AND symbols are used so that one can understand each restaurant at a glance. These include the Slow Food Snail symbol, a symbol signifying a good cheese selection, another for a good wine selection, etc. (Though the book itself is a "Slow Food Editore", not every restaurant listed has the Slow Food symbol). The other paragraphs describe the restaurant and its cuisine.
  • Each region section includes a map showing the location of the restaurants, with the snail symbol used for the Slow Food restaurants.
  • There is also an index of restaurants in alphabetical order, and another index by region that lists the restaurants in each region.

For our trip to Italy, I found six restaurants that I planned to dine at. Unfortunately we only made it to four of them. All four were superior; we especially liked the two that were rather traditional and casual.

Hope the preceding is clear and helpful.

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Jeff, that is wonderful! Thank you for the explication.

I do have an Android device that I took on our recent tour, but I definitely prefer actually pages - like you, I use stickies and make notes. So I will be following up. In addition to the places on the RS South of Italy tour, we're planning an extra few days pre-tour in Rome, then another 10 days or so after the tour, probably in Siena and Bologna. Not sure on that part yet, except I want to spend at least three days in Siena. We've been there, but only as a short day trip on another tour.

Thanks again. This was very informative and helpful.

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Hi Jane. We traveled over three weeks from Sicily north to Milan, and used the guide throughout....

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Just want to thank Jeff for this recommendation. We ate at Hostaria Posterula yesterday and definitely concur with his ratings. My sister and her husband are purchasing a home in Orvieto and the restaurant will be added to their recommended list. Now I’m curious about which one was a “notch below forgettable” because we have a candidate for that rating, too.

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I too am curious about the below top notch rating. So far, I have picked Ristorante Al Pozzo Etruso, and Trattoria La palomba, and Trattoria del moro avonne.

Jeff, can you please tell me if any of the above 3 is the one that is so-so?

Thanks.

Amy

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Hi Amy. The notch below was not among the three you listed!
Jeff

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It looks like the Android app "Osterie d'Italia 2020" is available now for $8.49. This is the one you are talking about Jeff, correct?

Thanks!
Julie