Bianco Rosso & Verdure: A Vegan Gem in Umbria

Bianco Rosso & Verdure serves vegan cuisine in the heart of Umbria

After my trip to Milan, where I found a lot of vegan restaurants – if you’re planning to go, you should read our editor Sascha’s review of Mantra Raw Vegan – I was quite optimistic about my two-week holiday in San Savino, a small town in Umbria. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a mistake – in this part of Italy, people literally live on fish and meat. So while enjoying the wonderful nature and the beautiful view of Lake Trasimeno, I found myself nibbling on rice crackers and nuts for the first three days. Not very satisfying, if you are – like me – a huge foodie.

My mom and I drove kilometers to reach vegan cafes and supermarkets, that I found on the internet – and many of them turned out to be great disappointments. I even had the worst cake of my whole life in one of these places, which was frustrating and slowly but surely spoiled my good holiday mood. Luckily, this story has a happy end: One of these days, we found Bianco Rosso & Verdure, a vegan restaurant with adjoining wellness resort. From vegetable tempura with creamy hummus to baked truffle pasta to tiramisu and ecological wines, this place made up for everything!

Why not have your aperitif at the pool?

Eat, sleep, repeat: Bianco Rosso & Verdure combines vegan food and wellness

What is so special about Bianco Rosso & Verdure is the fact, that it combines amazing vegan and healthy food with an overall wellness experience: Nadia, the founder of the restaurant, has a daughter who manages the adjoining hotel where you can book spa treatments, relax at the pool or just enjoy some time for yourself. After a satisfying plant-based meal, you can ease yourself contentedly onto your bed in one of the nine comforting suites.

However, I did not try the beds, but came here for dinner twice and also had their five-course tasting menu. It is composed of one antipasti, one soup, two mains and one dessert and costs 28€, what I think is really reasonable. I tried the pumpkin soup with hazelnut oil, the vegetable tempura with hummus, the carrot burger, the baked truffle pasta (my favourite) and the pistacchio ice cream, accompanied by a glass of local white wine and a nice espresso.

Try the vegetable tempura as a starter!

 

The truffle pasta was my favourite dish

 

And for dessert: Italian ice cream

Fun fact: The name Bianco Rosso & Verdure is inspired by the colours of the Italian flag as well as by the famous Italian film Bianco, Rosso e Verdone. It arose from passion and conviction: before she went vegan, Nadia was overweight and hired a personal trainer. Not only did Angelo help her to change her diet and lose 40 pounds, but he also became a close friend and today is the chef of their restaurant. Even if it was a big risk to found a vegan company in Umbria, both of them are optimistic, that they can convince people with their delicious and healthy creations. I wish them all the best!

Sweet dreams!

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Elisa Brunke

Fashion & Lifestyle Writer

Elisa was born in Hamburg, lived in Berlin and Luxemburg and then returned to her beloved hometown, where she studied fashion journalism and now works as an editor. She is passionate about cooking (and eating) healthy vegan foods, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, boys with tattoos, punk music and animals, especially (her own two) cats.

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  1. Thanks for the very interesting portrait about BIANCO ROSSO E VERDURE http://www.biancorossoeverdure.it Visiting nearly every year the Umbria / Tuscany veggie gastronomy scene since 2000 I would like to add that one of the internationally most intense portrayed veggie hotel / restaurant is also close. It is the famous Montali Country House Via Montali, 23 Tavernelle di Panicale, Perugia http://www.montalionline.com/ Reviewed in
    Observer http://www.montalionline.com/portfolio/observer/?cats=31
    Sunday Times http://www.montalionline.com/portfolio/the-sunday-times/?cats=31
    Jerusalem Post http://www.montalionline.com/portfolio/jerusalem-post/?cats=31
    Also in the Capitol of Umbria in Perugia are 3 Veggie / Vegan restaurants https://www.happycow.net/europe/italy/perugia/ and close to Perugia
    In Ponte San Giovanni https://www.happycow.net/europe/italy/ponte_san_giovanni/

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