by Isabelle Tobe
In a country where food is essentially a religion, one should not be surprised to learn about the abundance of ways food can be served. Last week I learned that “trattoria” is not actually the name of the quaint, hole-in-the-wall restaurant below my apartment, but in fact a whole style of Italian eating. Trattorias are typically sit-down restaurants with a mildly formal atmosphere. Menus are typically modest as options change daily.
One of Tuscia’s best trattorias, Trattoria L’Archetto, is located in central Viterbo. The restaurant is tucked under a medieval archway and offers outdoor, shaded seating. Inside, the cobblestone-walled restaurant is slight, but not cramped. Service was speedy and thoughtful.
There was surprising variety in the small menu with courses ranging from roasted rabbit, to risotto with borage. The antipasti are generous in size and sharable among a small group. One antipasto platter, including an assortment of meats, fruits, cheeses, and other hors d’oeuvres, was the perfect amount for three people.
Unlike the dinner menu, the wine list is permanent. The selection is substantial and mostly comprised of wines produced within the Tuscia region.0