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Duilo and his Rare Cheese
Typical Piemontese cuisine in the heart of the town. The owner spends quite a bit of time in the US. Be sure to try the plate of rare cheeses and to sample from the extensive wine list.
This restaurant is now closed.
Favorite Dish: Il padrone di casa, Duilio Moiso, vi illustrerà con perizia e disponibilità (all'occorrenza anche in francese o in inglese), un menù che è frutto di una ricerca rigorosa delle peculiarità dei piatti e dei prodotti tipici della più genuina ed originale cucina piemontese, da un'ampia scelta di antipasti freddi e caldi fino ai primi della tradizione (dagli agnolotti al già decantato risotto alla Barbera), dai secondi corposi e gustosi ad un'ampia selezione di formaggi, serviti con gli abbinamenti più appropriati e scelti rigorosamente tra le migliori proposte casearie della Regione (tanto da meritare la segnalazione positiva di Cheese, la famosa manifestazione dell'Arcigola Slow Food).
Address: Via Q.Sella, 2 Asti
Comparison: about average
The local cuisine is sophisticated, French-influenced, and always freshly prepared. A typical Piedmontese meal consists of at least six courses. Quality is the big issue, so time and effort spent on preparation don’t count as long as the result is satisfying. The Piedmontese take their time over meals, and love to spend hours with family and friends around the dining table. Wine is always part of the meal and is enjoyed reverently.
Eating out in Piedmont is one of the finest of pleasures. Food-lovers from Milan and Turin flock south every weekend to visit their favourite restaurants - for Saturday evening or Sunday lunchtime, therefore, it’s usually a good idea to book a table. Printed menus are rare. Usually the proprietor tells you what is available - or is happy to choose for you when you can’t decide, so that he can surprise you with a never-ending sequence of fine dishes. Sometimes you need only select from large platters of antipasti that are carried from table to table - choose what you fancy, and stop when you have had enough. The only thing you have to do is order the wine.
A typical Piedmontese meal starts with at least four different antipasti (starters) but there can be as many as ten and even more. Each one is served individually and the dishes are eaten one by one. First come the cold dishes, followed by hot ones, which end usually in one or two or three different home-made pastas. Risotti are also very popular - Piedmont is the biggest rice-producer in Europe. Untrained diners probably give up at this stage, not so the Piedmontese - they are now looking forward to enjoying a main course, and often more than one - two are standard, but three or more are possible. If by some chance you can still manage it, you can choose from various excellent local cheeses. Lovers of desserts are also here in the best of hands: Piedmont is famous for its wonderful hazelnut cakes, always served with a Moscato zabaione, and for many other delicious puddings.
Expensive, but quoted among the 10 top restaurants in the world by the US wine magazine ‘Wine Spectator’.
Favorite Dish: They turn local fare like agnolotti (a variation of ravioli), veal with a delicate tuna sauce (vitello tonnato), and even bread sticks -- another piemontese invention -- into something sublime.
Address: Piazza Umberto I, 27 - 14055 Costigliole d'Asti
Comparison: most expensive
Directions: Just outside of Asti
Phone: +39 0141 966012
Price: US$41 and up
Judi and Max
A completely different type of ambience is established in this cozy, family-run restaurant. Named after the 19th-century businessmen who loved it.
Favorite Dish: Offers the specialties that earned the restaurant its Michelin star: the Piedmontese antipasti and the lasagna.
Bring a big appetite. The portions are large and there are a lot of them. The cheese plate was superb!!!
Address: Lungo Tanaro 4, 14100 Asti
Comparison: more expensive than average
Other Contact: Closed Sun. & Mon.
Phone: 39 0141 557270
Price: US$41 and up
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