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Dining: Osteria A Priori | Perugia, Italy

th_peruroma 034After the nightmare that was getting into Perugia, it was all uphill from there (literally). The hill-top towns of Umbria lured us in with charm and some of the best meals of our entire trip. But one of the most memorable was here, at Osteria A Priori– right in the heart of Perugia’s historic core. Located within a couple of blocks from our hotel, this little osteria has gotten numerous glowing reviews from professional critics and bloggers alike. But don’t think you’ll be walking into some stuffy, white tablecloth establishment. Osteria A Priori is as down-to-earth as they get. A modest spread of tall wooden tables in the back of a specialty shop (with a smaller private dining room upstairs). The food is all local. Meats, cheeses, and produce from less than 50 kilometers away to compliment the locally produced wine and beer.

Reservations fill up quickly, so book in advance. We witnessed many walk-ins being turned away during our visit– even locals who visit often were told that they were “al completo” for the night and to come back the next day. The menu is simple. Traditional dishes; hearty and lacking fuss. The star of the meal for me was the charcuterie platter which featured delicious salumi and prosciutto with local cheeses, honey, and nuts. The pasta dish was also memorable– served simple with a generous heaping of black truffles and olive oil. Regrettably, I was pretty full by the time my Osso Bucco hit the table. Although it’s melt-in-your-mouth goodness is surely worth noting. I don’t even need to tell you that we skipped dessert. Do yourself a favor and check this place out. If you don’t have time to stay for a meal, at least take advantage of their wonderful selection of beer & wine. A craft beer and natural wine lover’s must-try destination.

Two hours, a bottle of Paolo Bea’s ’06 Rosso de Veo, and too much food later, we stumbled back through Perugia’s back streets in hardly any light and uneven cobblestones (in heels). But my, we were happy.

Osteria a Priori is located at Via dei Priori, 39; Perugia, Italy. 

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Power Lunch | Heywood: A Grilled Cheese Shop | Silverlake

An interesting new lunch spot just opened up in Silverlake. Heywood: A Grilled Cheese Shop is located right next to our beloved Lark Cake Shop off of Sunset and Micheltorena. This little local joint officially opened this week and we dropped in after hearing about their ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness.

The set-up is simple. Order at the counter, grab a seat, and dig in. I went for their namesake sandwich, The Heywood, which wo-year old English cheddar and carmelized onion confit spread onto fluffy sourdough bread ($9). My pal order their Muy Caliente which was loaded with fontina, spicy jack, jalapenos, fresh cream cheese,and crispy tortilla chip strips between sourdough bread ($13). Both sandwiches were served with a small cup of their tomato soupfor dipping and a handful of dressed mixed greens.

The general impression? Love at first bite. Buttery,gooey, and perfectly toasted grilled cheese sandwiches that can cure any case of the Mondays. The flavors were bold yet balanced and the bread was nice and soft. The onion confit was a great touch on my sandwich. I’ll definitely need to try more of their menu. With a decent selection of cane sugar bottled sodas and quick locally made desserts like cookies and s’mores bars, Heywood’s got a good thing going on. Dare I say that Silverlake just got a little bit cooler?

Heywood is located at 3337 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., Silverlake. | heywoodgrilledcheese.com 

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