The city of Carsoli was founded around the year 300 BCE. The site of the ancient Roman city lies 4 kilometers southwest of the modern city center. Today, the town has fewer than 6,000 full-time inhabitants. 


Geographically, Carsoli lies on the border of Lazio and Abruzzo. Because of its proximity to the A24, it’s seen a sort of resurgence. Still, there are few attractions outside of its period architecture that make it a destination. But I drive out of my way for what many consider the best Roman restaurant in Italy, L’Angolo d’Abruzzo . There, foraging reigns supreme with ovoli and porcini in season, game and lamb almost year round, and a cellar that can hold its own against many fancy city restaurants. Even the desserts are wonderful… dinner is worth the trip alone.