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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. 

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Piedmont

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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Best Restaurants in Piedmont

The brilliant contemporary Italian cooking at chef Enrico Crippa’s three-star establishment makes this the best restaurant in Piedmont.

Piazza Risorgimento 4 Alba Piedmont http://www.piazzaduomoalba.it/it

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.

Via Alba 15 Serralunga d’Alba Piedmont http://www.guidoristorante.it/

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.

Via Valle Asinari 25 San Marzano Oliveto Piedmont

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.

Via Santa Croce 38 Cuneo Piedmont http://www.osteriaduegrappoli.it/

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.

Frazione Santa Maria 12 La Morra Piedmont http://osteriadelvignaiolo.it/

Be sure to try the great mushroom dishes in season at this rustic auberge near Canale. The list of Roero wines is excellent.

Località Villa Superiore 59 Monteu Roero Piedmont http://www.cantinadeicacciatori.it/

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.

Piazza Savona 5 Alba Piedmont http://www.boccondivinoslow.it/osteria/ita/osteria.asp

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).

Via Mendicità 14 Bra Piedmont http://boccondivinoslow.it/boccodivino/ita/osteria.asp

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.

Località Sant’Anna 87 Monforte d’Alba Piedmont http://www.trattoriadellaposta.it/indexeng.html
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