Sissy and I are currently staying at a farmhouse in Umbria with some very cool British expats. He is an artist and she is a writer and yoga teacher. Their house is big and comfortable and they have cats, a dog and chickens. It is also a short walk to a private pool, which we have enjoyed both days we have been here. Included in our stay is breakfast, and we may choose to join them for dinner and wine for an additional €10 – which we have taken advantage of both nights. There is another woman staying here who is vegetarian so we have had salads, stir fry, and farro with roasted vegetables for dinners. The change of pace has been great for my stomach, which has been filled with pasta and meat the last few days. But Sissy and I were craving some Italian food today for lunch, and we got our fix at a beautiful lakeside restaurant on Isola Maggiore in Lake Trasimeno of Castiglione del Lago.
We took a small ferry from the port of Castiglione del Lago to the island. As we were arriving at the dock on the island, I noticed a restaurant with beautiful yellow tables and big umbrellas, right on the water. I told Sissy, “we have to go there!” The restaurant turned out to be named Ristorante L’Oso. We arrived just before noon and they weren’t open yet so they told us to come back in ten minutes. When we got back, we we’re seated on the lawn overlooking the lake. We noticed that all the tables around us were reserved, so we were glad that we got there as early as we did.
At the advice of our airbnb host, we were told not to order fish because it came from the lake and was to very good. So we opted for a caprese salad and Strozzapreti con pesto to share. Naturally, we also ordered a bottle of Prosecco to share. Everything was delicious, and the view was spectacular. It truly felt like a summer meal, and it reminded me of being in California.
The rest of the island was very cute, and filled with residential stone buildings and historical monuments. And the lake itself is beautiful and suitable for swimming. I would certainly recommend this mini day trip to anyone staying near Citta Della Pieve.