We visited l'osteria Del Donco for Sunday lunch after reading a recent review. It is situated in the center of a small town outside Perugia called Ponte Patoli. They have a sizable outside area for summer and a large extra room next to the small main dining room. This room has about 16 seats. We started off with a complimentary glass of prosecco and a small bread basket with several types of good bread. We ordered glasses of wine to have while we looked at the two menus, one was seafood, the other was meat and non fish items. While we decided the waitress brought an amuse bouche of a cheesy polenta flan and a plate of thinly sliced bread crisped and doused with good olive oil. Quite yummy. I ordered the zucchini tart with Gorgonzola and black truffles to start. This was the only misstep. The crust on top of this dish was actually burned. It was blackened and tasted burned. After removing this crust the rest of the dish was OK. My entree was a tagliatelle with rabbit ragu. It was house made and good. My husband had a rigatoni and fish starter and the sliced angus beef steak. Both cooked perfectly. We couldn't do dessert although I heard they do them well. They brought a small bowl of sweets while we paid the check. If it weren't for the burned appetizer I would have awarded more stars. If I was the chef I'd never have let that dish out of my kitchen. Don't know what he or she was thinking.
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