Tradition & Passion

A city steeped in history

L’échauguette, located on the Grande Rue between Haute and Basse ville, in a small house with a typical wooden pan at Domfront, a medieval city rich in history linked to England.e. The city has seen many famous people staying in its castle: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henri II Plantagenêt, Richard Lionheart… Henri Ier Beauclerc, son of Guillaume the Conqueror which raised the mighty dungeon whose ruins are still visible, and which you can visit during a digestive walk.

chateau de domfront

Terrasse Nuit 1

A friendly atmosphere

“Ideal for a lunch break between two sightseeing tours, a romantic dinner, a meal with family or friends.” (Le petit Futé), l’Échauguette welcome you on the old ramparts of the castle, to enjoy the view of the Pays d’Auge from its shaded terrace or enjoy its room on two levels with the typical decoration of the domfrontais.

A cuisine full of sun

The Chef, Onofrio, invites you to discover his plates adorned with the colors and the sun of Italy. The cuisine smells good of olive oil, tomato, basil and pesto.

Why not start by sharing a plate of Italian cold meats over an aperitif, before continuing to discover the Chef’s Italian specialties, such as Burrata or the magnificent plates from the Atelier Pizza.. Discover our menu…

The Chef likes to try new recipes, do not hesitate to ask for the ardoise of the day to discover his creations.

Cuisine du Soleil

A little history of pizza

Although it is found in southern Laziale and parts of Puglia and Tuscany, the round pizza as we know it is not the only recipe in Italy.

At the end of the Second World War, Naples’ traditional round pizza became a luxury: ingredients are lacking to garnish it and most of the wood-burning ovens were destroyed during the fighting to liberate the city.

People then have the idea to fry the dough in olive oil. Thus the fried pizza reappears, whose dough explodes on contact with boiling olive oil.

This recipe, the poet Giovanni Battista del Tufo, spoke about it from the 16th century: the zeppolelle, “crunchy dough delights that came out of the honey-laden fryer”.

They talk about us

Le Gault & Millau

We only have one desire: come back for another tasting

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Le Petit Futé

The plate is adorned with colors and sunshine, offering marriages of flavors where the olive oil is very willing to invite.

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Le Publicateur Libre

In Domfront, L’Echauguette the Italian restaurant is selected by the Gault et Millau Grand Ouest


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About us

L'Échauguette, les patrons

Onofrio Ciancio & Amélie Lys

Originally from Sicily, Chef Onofrio invites you to share his passion for Italian cuisine and his culinary research.

Amélie, the Patroness, welcomes you in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and offers you an ideal setting for a pleasant tasting session.

“Falling under the charm of the living environment of the medieval city, we chose to settle in Domfront en Poiraie to share our Italian specialties concocted with passions and love.”

Local products or directly imported from Italy

The quality of the products is essential to make a good kitchen, we buy from local producers, especially for meat but also in Italy to concoct our specialties.