By Olivia Venuta, University of Denver and Umbra Rep Fall ’19
Being a full-time student can be time-consuming and most school days, I don’t have time to walk home and make lunch. Lucky for me, Umbra is surrounded by delicious cafes and restaurants for a quick meal in-between classes. Here are five of my favorite lunch spots— tasty and affordable:
1. Caffè del Banco – Caffè del Banco is located on Corso Pietro Vannucci, less than a two-minute walk from Umbra. It is a great place to stop for a coffee, a pastry, or a panini. Most paninis cost less than 3 euros and are pre-made so you can easily grab one and head back to class. The staff is always kind and they take your order very quickly.
2. Shawarma Gerusalemme – Shawarma Gerusalemme is located a bit farther from Umbra, toward the bottom of Via dei Priori. The food is delicious and fresh, so I assure you that it is worth the walk. Some of their lunch options include Kebab Panino, Panino Hamburgher, Falafel e Humus, Patatine, and even Hot Dogs. The first time you eat here, I would recommend that you ask for a “punch card”. If you bring the punch card each time you eat at Shawarma Gerusalemme, your 11th meal will be free—great for students on a budget!
3. Bar Danti – Bar Danti is located in Piazza Danti less than a 3 minute walk from Umbra. They have outdoor seating when the weather is nice and the staff is some of the nicest people I have met while abroad. If you get to know the owners they will treat you like family. Bar Danti has a large array of options including salads, pizza, torta al testo, and smoothies. It is a great place to sit and have a quick lunch with friends.
4. Pinturicchio Cafe+Kitchen – Pinturicchio is one of the only American-style cafes in Perugia, offering scrambled eggs, pancakes, cupcakes, barbecue, and much more. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable with many couches and chairs to lounge on. It is about a 10 minute walk from Umbra, but it is the perfect place to go if you want to sit, do homework, and sip a warm cup of coffee.