My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy next fall with a few couples. We will only be there for a week, but will rent a house together and stay quite close to whatever town we choose. So, it's imperative that the town have plenty of excellent restaurants, which is, of course, a subjective term. We're looking for unpretentious restaurants serving simple food traditional to the town, the kind that make it easy to spend hours having dinner without even noticing.
We'd like to go somewhere in Umbria or Le Marche. I was in Umbria in August and really loved the green, gray aspects of the scenery. I was in Gubbio and the area immediately around it and know little else about Umbria except from Michael Tucker's recent book. I haven't been to Le Marche, but have heard that it's not exceedingly touristy and has excellent food. A town that would make it easy to enjoy whatever mushrooms are in season would be fantastic. Proximity to wineries would also be great.
Please advise on some towns--and restaurants--we should consider. Thanks!
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