Mr. Harper's Travel Guide
Wealthy, cultivated and gastronomic, Piedmont remains relatively undiscovered by American travelers. Turin, until recently the headquarters of Fiat, belies its reputation as an industrial city by also being notably elegant, with a baroque center that features miles of shopping arcades. An hour south, the towns ...
Wealthy, cultivated and gastronomic, Piedmont remains relatively undiscovered by American travelers. Turin, until recently the headquarters of Fiat, belies its reputation as an industrial city by also being notably elegant, with a baroque center that features miles of shopping arcades. An hour south, the towns of Alba, Asti, Barolo and Barbaresco draw gourmets and oenophiles from around the world.
Recommended Luxury Hotels in Piedmont
Best Restaurants in Piedmont
The brilliant contemporary Italian cooking at chef Enrico Crippa’s three-star establishment makes this the best restaurant in Piedmont.
This formal gastronomic restaurant is housed in a handsome old villa on the Fontanafredda wine estate. Look for locally inspired dishes such as pasta with truffles and porcini, pumpkin gnocchi with a ragout of sausage and radicchio, and delicious roast veal.
This relatively inexpensive country auberge offers delicious rustic food such as tagliolini with porcini, roast shank of veal, and pears poached in wine. The wine list is superb.
Fish from the nearby port of Liguria features extensively on the menu of this friendly restaurant with a vaulted brick ceiling. Look for dishes such as octopus carpaccio with orange sauce, and black rice with shrimp and vegetables. Meat specialties include rabbit with capers, and guinea fowl cooked in Port wine.
This friendly trattoria is located in one of the region’s prettiest villages. Look for delicious simple dishes such as poached eggs with goat cheese and black truffles, and venison “osso buco” with Nebbiolo wine.
Be sure to try the great mushroom dishes in season at this rustic auberge near Canale. The list of Roero wines is excellent.
This popular osteria with a modern setting offers excellent casual dining. Try dishes such as vitello tonnato (chilled veal with creamy tuna sauce); ravioli stuffed with veal, pork and spinach; guinea fowl with chestnuts; and panna cotta with pears cooked in Muscat wine.
This charming osteria is located at the headquarters of the Slow Food movement in Bra. Typical dishes include broccoli and cauliflower flan with a fondue of Raschera cheese, and brasato al Barolo (beef stew cooked with Barolo wine and served with polenta).
Few places are as charming on a warm fall day as this well-run old tavern, with its wonderful wine list and a terrace with a view of the Langhe Hills. Try dishes such as tajarin (taglierini), an egg-dough ribbon pasta, with a ragout of rabbit, pork and veal; and veal braised in Barolo wine with peppercorns.