FROM FARM TO TABLE
We are passionate about good food – to feast is one of life’s simple pleasures. Our own organic vegetable garden may not look the tidiest – but it is all natural and does a a great job of supplying our restaurant. We also produce our own olive oil, eggs and grow a variety of organic fruits. What we don’t find on the farm is usually sourced locally and responsibly.
You can enjoy a feast of Italian delights in our restaurant – La Tavernetta – open 2 very special nights a week. When the weather is fine, we dine under the stars with the fireflies dancing and the gentle rustle of the fig tree. The evening starts with one of Paul’s delicious apperativi and usually meanders into the night – sociable family bliss.
SELF CATERING WITH OPTIONS
The flexibility and freedom of self-catering holiday makes life easier when you have a family. Hotels often don’t cater for the needs of small children, set mealtimes are a chore when little ones won’t wait. However, although some of us may find cooking on holiday relaxing and a pleasure, we completely understand that many parents would just like a rest. Here there is no need to cook… There are plenty of options available to you at Pian Di Cascina – so if you don’t want to cook, you don’t have to.
BREAD AND CROISSANT DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR
We offer fresh bread and croissant delivery 6 days a week from the local bakery, we take your order the night before and your bread is delivered to your terrace in time for breakfast. So there is no need to cook breakfast. You can also order extra bread if you wish for picnics and lunches.
LASAGNE ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK
We offer hand made lasagne any night of the week, all ready to pop in the oven. Just dress a salad and order some crusty bread from our bakery delivery and you have dinner. You can also order lasagne for your arrival night, so you don’t need to shop en-route.
Also the porchetta van (succulent roast whole pig – an Umbrian tradition) is in the village every Wednesday morning – try his panini for lunch or take home slices of delicious roast pork with crackling & herbs all ready to re-heat at home for supper.
DELICIOUS HOME MADE FAMILY MEALS
We offer delicious family sized home made freezer meals any night of the week. Each meal is ready to pop in the oven, so you and your family can enjoy a healthy balanced supper with 0 effort required!
Popular family favourites are offered like our much loved Extra cheesy pasta bake and hidden veg tomato and meatball and pasta bake. Either choice is usually a huge hit with kids of all ages.
LA TAVERNETTA – OUR RESTAURANT
La Tavernetta, our small, family run restaurant is available exclusively to guests of the villa. At La Tavernetta, you can enjoy a delicious set menu of home-cooked traditional Italian dishes two evenings a week.
Our fresh pasta is handmade, fragrant truffles are often from the land surrounding the farm, our meat is most often from a local butcher who rears his own animals, our cheeses from a local producer in the village. Our salamis and hams often come from an artisan butcher in the south of Umbria in Norcia, world famous for delicious pork products. All of our dishes are freshly prepared using traditional methods and plenty of care and attention to detail just for you. We believe you can taste the difference in ‘slow food’.
In season we use many of the delicious organic ingredients grown on our farm and eggs from our hens. Where possible ingredients we don’t grow here are locally sourced, we only select ingredients that are as fresh and natural as possible. We believe in supporting the local community, so whenever possible the food miles are kept to a minimum. We produce our own olive oil, fruit and vegetables, all naturally grown and pesticide free. There is no need to cook on Sunday and Thursday evenings as La Tavernetta is open, we cater for vegetarians and there is also a children’s menu available.
A BBQ ON EVERY TERRACE
There is a gas BBQ on every terrace, the local butcher (or a green grocer for veggie options) is a 5 min drive away and the shop next door sells everything else you may need for the perfect for a no hassle alfresco feast – (Most Dads can do a great BBQ, just make a salad & order some crusty bread & no need to cook!)
THE LOCAL DELI AND CHEESE SHOP
The local shops in Casacastalda include a cheese shop and a mini market with a deli. Some fresh melon, a plate of cold cuts and cheese with bread and olives & a glass or 2 of vino – a perfect summer supper & no cooking involved!
THE LOCAL PIZZERIA
There is a family run pizzeria within a 10 minute drive – you can dine in (there is a children’s play ground in the garden) or order take away – simple!
THE NEAREST LOCAL RESTAURANT
Also within 10 minutes is Locanda Aquasanta the nearest local restaurant. Children are welcome. Leonardo offers a delicious range of local antipasti, fresh pasta and grilled meats and there is a lovely big lawn, you can dine on the terrace while the children play. Well worth a visit. (Open for lunch every day except Monday and evenings, Thursday/Friday – Sunday in summer.
There are many restaurants in the area surrounding Villa Pian Di Cascina and plenty of opportunities to sample the local cooking and produce. There are three traditional Umbrian restaurants within 10-20 minutes drive of the house. These restaurants serve typical Umbrian food such as: ‘affettati’, plates of superb ham, salami and cheese, simple rustic pasta dishes with ‘sugo’ or truffles and roast meats and game.
The medieval town of Gubbio (25 mins drive away) has some of the best restaurants in Umbria and a lively night life. There is plenty of choice for all budgets and tastes. The speciality is rich truffle dishes made with local black and white truffles. Gubbio also has several bars and pubs, which are great fun and rather lively during the long summer evenings.
The nearby picturesque hill town of Spello has one of the top 18 cantina’s (wine tasting cellars) in Italy. You can sample the best of Umbria’s wine and produce in a lovely medieval courtyard setting. The tutored tastings are in Italian or English and each food course is matched with a local wine.
There are many other great restaurants in the local area, in Assisi (35 mins) and Gualdo Tadino (20 mins). When you arrive, we provide a comprehensive guest guide with details and directions to the many of the restaurants we recommend. We also suggest places of interest to visit along the way. You could spend weeks enjoying sampling all the local food and wine!
PUBS AND BARS
The local towns of Carbonesca and Casacastalda both have several bars, where you can drink into the small hours with the locals. You can walk to the bar in Carbonesca (15 mins walk). This is a typical Umbrian bar, with beer on tap, live sports events on the television and lively banter.
The local village of Casa Castalda (5 mins drive or 45 mins walk) has three bars in the centre of the town and a pizza-pub on the outskirts of town. The largest of the local bars (in the centre of town) is the hub of local activity, serves a variety of beers and aperitifs and is busy day and night. Gubbio, 25 minutes drive away, has lively night life. There are 5 pubs with English and Italian beers on tap and many bars. In the summer Gubbio is alive into the small hours. The balmy nights encourage late opening and much fun is to be had by all!