As close to the French doors as possible, so you can drink in the garden views. If you’d rather just drink a glass of wine or two, sit in a little corner nook in the living room, beside the cabinets stuffed with glittering glassware.
Your baroque best: silks, acid-brights, a flash of gold or a froth of lace.
Armena’s terracotta-coloured restaurant, Sorbo Allegro, is named after the 100-year-old rowan tree in the garden, and tables are decorated with tiny flower-filled vases and little clusters of twigs tied with ribbon, all designed by the very gorgeous Elena. There are two talented young chefs in the kitchen; their food is elegant, fun and full of flavour. Dishes make the most of the area’s natural larder: wild boar tartare, prawns with anise and purple cabbage, and risotto with saffron and liquorice powder. Everything is made on-site, including the bread, pasta, cakes, chocolate and ice-cream.
There’s no formal bar as such, but there’s something even better: an atmospheric basement wine cellar, stocked with enough barrels and bottles to keep you tipsy ’til check-out. Owner Edoardo’s glamorous mum, Laura, is a seasoned wine buff: have a tasting with her in the cellar, accompanied by a plate of delicious cold cuts and cheeses. The living room has a stash of vini da meditazione (wines designed to be sipped without any accompaniment), as well as a selection of grappas and other heady spirits.
Lunch is served between 12 and 2pm; dinner is 7pm until 10pm. Breakfast is served from 7.30am.
You can order food to your room between 8am and 10pm. Items from the restaurant menu are available between 12 and 2pm, and 7pm until 10pm – outside those timings, there’s a smaller selection.