Michelin Star 2016
A tribute to this land and its immense gastronomic riches.
The “Vespasia” project was created and is operated by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the latest generation of a family of enthusiast restaurateurs, with a tradition that began in the 1850s and continued without interruption. This is a tribute to this land and its immense culinary richness. The restaurant “Vespasia” is located in the Palazzo Seneca Relais & Château, a noble palace dating back to the 1500s in the artistic heart of Norcia, a few steps from the main square of St. Benedict, between the Castle of Vignola and the convent of St. Francis, the latter transformed in recent years into a stylish auditorium. The restaurant “Vespasia” gives out a sense of harmony and peace. Here innovation meets tradition, treating it with respect a child should treat his father. Everything at the “Vespasia” tells the story of this land – style, colours and flavours that are simple but at the same time intense.
Details always make the difference, and therefore they were treated with great love and attention. At the “Vespasia” the Guests can even choose their seat between comfortable padded chairs and large leather armchairs, both created by master Umbrian craftsmen. The table can be in the more intimate ‘black’ fireplace room and including wine, candles and wooden furniture, or between the lemon grove and the old stables, overlooking the inner courtyard. When the weather permits, guests can eat outside where, in addition to peace and tranquility, they can enjoy the view of the towers, bell towers and, in the distance, of the Sibillini Mountains. The scent of aromatic herbs from the garden completes a top-quality location.
But it is at night that the restaurant “Vespasia” expresses its greatest charm. The candles are lit, the lights dimmed, the staff consistently checks that everything is perfect – it’s time for the show! The silverware, the crystal glasses and the spotless table linen are overshadowed as the dishes prepared by the Chef Fumiko Sakai and Fabio Cappiello, the real protagonists of the restaurant “Vespasia”, arrive. The recipes you can taste at the “Vespasia” stand out for their elegance, refinement, tradition, creativity and real professional ethics. Colours, scents and flavours want to carry those who taste them on a journey to discover this land, full of great products, great history, simplicity and love for good and healthy things. Every Saturday night, you can also enjoy the soft notes of live jazz, swing or blues that good musicians reserve for our guests. Everything to make yours a memorable evening.