Located in the heart of Italy, Umbria is the only Italian region with no coastline or border with a foreign country. This region is known for its picturesque countryside and unique cuisine. The Tiber River runs along Umbria’s southern border and creates rich agricultural land.
One of Umbria’s main agricultural sources is sheep – they’re raised and herded throughout this region as well as other regions located along the Apennine Mountains. Much of the sheep’s milk produced in Umbria is made into cheeses like pecorino and ricotta salata.
Pecorino pepato is a popular type of sheep’s milk cheese produced in Umbria. This raw sheep’s milk cheese studded with black peppercorns. It’s aged 2-4 months, which gives the cheese a flaky, yet creamy texture. Pecorino pepato has salty, tangy and citrusy flavors that are well-complimented by the spiciness of the peppercorns. Pecorino pepato is an ideal cheese to shave on salads or to place atop risotto.
Dine from our Festa Regionale Umbria Menu for a chance to try imported pecorino pepato. This cheese can be found in several dishes on this menu, including Agnello in Crosta di Pecorino (roasted rack of lamb in imported pecorino pepato cheese crust).
One of the most prized agricultural products from Umbria is black truffles. They’re harvested from the wild forests of Umbria, which produce more black truffles than any other region of Italy. To grow black truffles, there must be a specific and unique microclimate, which is present in these Umbrian forests. The environment must be chilly and humid, with an average temperature of about 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Black truffles have a very earthy and pungent aroma and flavor; these “black diamonds” will instantly elevate any dish they are added to.
Our Festa Regionale Umbria menu features imported black truffles in Salmone Tartufato (salmon fillet sautéed with artichokes and topped with black truffles).
Visit Il Fornaio February 5th – 18th to continue your culinary journey through Italy! Passaporto holders who dine from our Festa Regionale Umbria menu will receive a stamp on their digital or paper Passaporto and a box of our Zuppa Umbra Mix!
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