From Pienza we headed to Lago Trasimeno in Umbria. We free camped by the lake
in different locations for the next two nights.
One of those nights we treated ourselves to an excellent meal at La Maria. The
place felt very authentic, the food mouth watering and very well priced.
Ordering the food however, was not an easy task for a foreigner.
It took a bit of hanging around and observing to workout the system. There were
two counters, both swarming with Italians. We had to take a ticket and wait
until our number was displayed on a light board. Then, push into one of the
counters to place the order. The choice was mind staggering. We didn’t know
what anything was called and there wasn’t a menu you could point your finger
at. Luckily the one of the girls at the counter understood a just enough
English, which combined with a few hand gestures, got us the food ordered. We
choose: a stake on the bone cooked on firewood grill with a sausage, plate of
calamari, a deep fried medley of goodness (such as seafood, basil and
cauliflower), a portion of chips and a salad. Our tray of food was then passed
on to the second counter and we followed, not taking our eyes off it, like a
pair of hungry dogs. There we ordered a couple of beers and paid the
surprisingly low bill. Finally, the feast took place around one of the outside
tables and it was, without a doubt, the best meal we had in Italy.
Unfortunately by the time we got the food we were so absorbed in it that we
forgot to take a picture before it was all gone….