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!
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.
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!