Earlier this year we discovered the delights of eating at Rosso della Sera, a restaurant on the eastern shore of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy. The restaurant’s name alludes to the stunning sunsets that can be viewed from the dining area looking west across Lake Trasimeno. The interior has the feel of a tastefully decorated beachside shack and the large windows over the Lake provide the view looking out over a small harbour, the Lake and the hills beyond.

The menu offers both meat and fish dishes. The fish menu is mainly lake fish and it’s cooked and presented in ways that make it more interesting than your average lakeside restaurant. As I result, I’ve been concentrating on the fish side of the menu during our visits here, if perch (persico) is on the menu I recommend trying it!

I’m not a dessert eater but the rest of my family and the friends that we have taken here rave about them. I seem to remember that a panna-cotta flavoured with green tea was a particular favourite.

The wine list has been compiled by someone with a good knowledge of Italian wines and is always worth sampling. I’ve really enjoyed drinking some Verdicchio from the towns of Jesi and Matelica in Le Marche, these crisp, mineral rich wines are perfect with fish.

From our end of the Niccone Valley near Umbertide it takes a good 45 minutes to get to San Feliciano but from many of our villas nearer the lake it’s a much shorter drive. Despite the quality of the cooking it is not an expensive restaurant, we usually spend around €40/head when eating here, it is very popular so definitely worth booking ahead, particularly if you want to sit near the windows.

View of sunset from Rosso della Sera, a restaurant in San Feliciano, Umbria