Italian food is a good reason to visit Italy – but Umbrian food proves the reason to keep going back. Our produce is incredible, and simplicity – treating the freshest food with care and without complication – seems the key. From pork products like Prosciutto di Norcia IGP to the prestigious black and white truffles growing around Spoleto and Norci, there are several acclaimed products here that are simply part of everyday life.

Being in Mount Subasio National Park, it’s not a case of having restaurants lined up outside: Casa Rosa’s a world away from the bustle. That-s why each dwelling on our estate has the facilities to make your own meals, and there are several large supermarkets within driving distance.

But there are also, of course, the offerings of Casa Rosa – Mother Nature is kind here. Depending on when you visit, you may be lucky enough to enjoy bowls of cherries by the pool, picked from the trees behind your accommodation, homemade jams, or the olives we harvest from October. And then there are the meals made by Alessandro on site. Lasagne con salsicce e tartufo (lasagne with Umbrian sausage and truffle); cannelloni; melanzane alla parmigiana: you can truly take pleasure in eating honest, home-cooked food here, made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients.

There are too many places to list when you’re eating out instead, but a few mentions won-t go amiss: classic margherita pizzas (again, sometimes the simplest dishes are best); crA?me-pA?tissiA?re-filled cornetti (mornings in Assisi are well spent people-watching over an Italian croissant); fiori di zucca fritti (courgette flowers fried in breadcrumbs); tagliata alla rucola e parmigiana (strips of medium-rare steak with rocket, shavings of parmesan and a simple dressing).

The beauty of Umbrian food is its rustic simplicity: it is one of the simplest, and yet greatest pleasures in our little part of the world.