Recommendation for piccione (squab, a.k.a. pigeon)
I'd very much like to try squab on my trip to Italy next week.
I'm seeking recommendations- general or specific: from best region, city/town, to specific restaurant. Looking for recommendations in Le Marche, Umbria and Rome.
I have read recommendations for La Pallotta in Assisi, on this board and in guide books, which I know serves piccione. If I visit Assisi, it would be brief, and not necessarily at meal time. So I'd love other recommendations.
Also, while we're on the subject, I'm curious about piccione preparations, region to region. Fred Plotkin's book notes Pioccione alla Perugina as a classic secondi dish in Umbria. La Pollotta serves Piccione alla "ghiotta". If I were to have pioccione only once on my trip, does anyone have a favorite version I should seek out?
I grew up on piccione as my father had a small breeding of them. My mum used to stuffed with a mixture of bread crumbs, garlic, parsley and cheese and roast it in the oven.
I had the second best piccione of my life at Il Postale in Città di Castello. The restaurant has now moved to Perugia but the pigeon is still the signature dish of the cook Marco Bistarelli.
For a good piccione at much lower price I also advice Osteria del Teatro in Foligno.