With church bells chiming on the quarter hour, we entered the quiet space of Ottavio Mare in Bevagna to begin our divine seafood meal. Greeted by the chef/owner, Vittorio, who was the only English-speaking employee, we embarked upon a dinner beginning with an amuse-bouche of smoked fresh anchovies on brown bread, fried rice cracker in squid ink with a whitefish mousse, and truffle rolls with oyster butter. I chose two cold appetizers: smoked salmon with two types of beet zest and tuna crudo topped with tuna sauce. I followed the appetizers with a handmade ravioli filled with a fava bean purée topped with sweet red prawns and truffles...each dish more unique and distinctly flavored than the previous one. My husband - after sharing my appetizers - enjoyed a sushi-style salmon wrapped in nori coated with a crunchy topping and flavored with a mild Asian sauce. The chef was incredibly accommodating and helpful. Unable to resist, we ordered dessert: a Mille feuille with chocolate and mocha cream, and a chilled passion fruit mousse cake accompanied by a tiny creme brûlée. Everything was incredibly delicious, and if you are ever in Bevagna, I recommend this as a must!
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