two recommendations for eating in Udine, based on experience in last 24 hours:
last night, we had dinner at Hostaria Allegria--clean-modern restaurant in a hotel, all neat lines and blond wood and subtly/soothingly colored fabrics. food was remarkable--wait staff could not have worked harder to make two nervous visitors comfortable.
2 covers, two pastas, two main course, bottle of house Merlot , water, one coffee, one extremely nice grappa, total less than 70 euros. Ms Margaret had pasta with San Daniel ham then an Irish-beef filet; myself took gnocchi flavored with "local forest herbs", then mixed deep-fried fish (teensy shrimp, big shrimp, squid, tiny fish, etc.).
Lunch we took today (a Sunday) at Osteria Alla Ghiacciaia. Looks a bit like a sophisticated American college beer dive, patio overlooks a canal. We shared a mixed meat/cheese plate (way generous); herself had penne with gorgonzola, speck and raddichio, no tomato, but oil and or butter; I had bean soup with riso pasta. we shared 1 L house white (maybe a dry Tokay?), 1 L water (in carafe), two coffees ....about 40 Euros. GREAT music (Charles Mingus) on the sound system, doting, but not too doting, young waitresses, lot...just under 40 Euro....
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