PIEDMONT

TERRITORY

AND HISTORY

Piedmont is a region of Northern Italy situated at the foot of the Alps. It is known for its fine cuisine and wines, such as Barolo. The capital is Turin, which offers numerous examples of Baroque architecture and houses the famous Mole Antonelliana, with its tall spire. The Turin Automobile Museum is dedicated to the city's main industrial activity, while the Egyptian Museum exhibits archaeological and anthropological collections.

 

The history of Piedmont includes a series of events that involve the region from the Paleolithic to today. A notable influence received from neighboring countries: the strategic position at the foot of the Alps made it coveted by many powers (such as France) as an access point for Italy.

However, it was the Savoys who dominated Piedmont from the sixteenth century: from when Emanuele Filiberto I of Savoy moved the capital from Chambéry to Turin, the dynasty took over the reins of Piedmontese history while maintaining dominion over the duchy first and then over the kingdom until unity of Italy.

 

CUISINE 

AND TRADITIONS

The Piedmontese cuisine was formed, for the most part, by the meeting of two culinary arts: the noble one of the Savoy court and the one born from peasant traditions. From the first derive the dishes that laden the luxurious tables of the Savoyard court such as zabaglione, chocolate, mixed boiled meat and Piedmontese mixed fry. From the second, instead, the recipes made with more humble ingredients such as bagna caoda, panissa, finanziera and more. Cold cuts, dairy products together with local excellences such as truffles and wines mainly make Piedmontese culinary art.

 

The Carnival is distinctly folkloric, a celebration that testifies to the strong bond with the local history that characterizes the whole of Piedmont. Other popular games, such as "il bacio della castellana", "the assault on the tower" and "the race of the blowgun" also tell the deep link with tradition. Characteristics of the territory are also the historical re-enactments: in Novara for example the homonymous battle is celebrated thanks to which, in 1849, the Italians won the First War of Independence.

 

Piedmont is a wine country par excellence: 45,000 hectares of vineyard, all situated in the hills and even in the alpine and pre-Alpine areas, where direct and manual work by man is predominant and low yields per hectare are pursued, precisely to enhance the quality.

 

TYPICAL DISHES

Albese Raw Meat

The raw meat of the Albese or more briefly Albese (Albèisa in Piedmontese) is a traditional appetizer typical of the Langhe but widespread throughout the Piedmont. The recipe is similar to that of the more recent carpaccio and consists of thin slices of veal (cut with a knife or with a slicer) or finely sliced ​​meat, preferably of the Piedmontese breed, necessarily very fresh. The meat thus prepared is marinated in raw lemon juice, dressed with a veil of extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Vitello tonnato

It is prepared with a specific cut of meat (the Fassone girello) marinated in dry white wine and aromas (carrot, celery, onion, laurel) for at least half a day, then boiled in water with the whole marinade. The dish is served cold having cut the walker into thin slices and having them completely covered with a tuna sauce in oil (tuna sauce).

Panissa vercellese

It is assumed that the name derives from "panìgo", a variety poor in millet, with which this dish was cooked, before the spread of rice. The ingredients of Vercelli's Panissa are: rice of the Arborio, Baldo, Sant'andrea or Maratelli varieties, beans of the typical quality grown in Saluggia or Villata, onion, Barbera red wine, lard, salam d'la duja, salt and pepper.

Agnolotti

Piedmontese agnolotti or simply agnolotti are a specialty of traditional filled pasta from Piedmont, and in particular, from the Monferrato area, in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti, but widespread throughout the region. There are variations of agnolotti, including the agnolotti pavesi, which differ in the stew-based filling.

Castelmagno

It is a semi-hard, blue cheese, produced in cylindrical shapes with a diameter between fifteen and twenty-five centimeters, barefoot between twelve and twenty and a weight of between two and seven kilograms. The rind, rather fine, is brownish-yellow, with darker variations depending on the seasoning, while the paste is white or tending to yellowish, golden yellow if matured.

Risotto with Alba white truffle

Clearly, the key ingredient at the base of this dish is the white truffle, very rare and consequently very expensive. The Alba white truffle is harvested from mid-September to the end of December. The Albanian hunters travel the most hidden paths of the Langhe and Roero hills with their dogs in search of the precious "tuber".

Gianduiotti

The gianduiotto, or giandujotto, is a chocolate in the shape of an upturned boat composed of chocolate called gianduia which is produced in Turin. It is usually wrapped in gold or silver paper.

It is obtained by mixing cocoa and sugar with the famous Piedmontese Tonda Gentile hazelnut, renowned for its quality.

STARRY

RESTAURANTS

PIAZZA

DUOMO

Piazza Risorgimento 4 

Alba (CN)

+39  0173 366167

ANTICA CORONA

REALE

Via Fossano 13 

Cervere (CN)

+39  0173 366167

VILLA 

CRESPI

Via Giuseppe Fava 18 

Orta San Giulio (NO)

+39  0322 911902

AL 

SORRISO

Via Roma 18 

Soriso (NO)

+39 0322 983228

PICCOLO 

LAGO

Via Filippo Turati 87 

Verbania (VB)

+39 0323 586792

I CAFFI

Via Scatilazzi 15 

Acqui Terme (AL)

+39 0144 325206

SAN MARCO

Via Alba 136 

Canelli (AT)

+39 0141 823544

CA' VITTORIA

Via Roma 14 

Tigliole (AT)

+39 0141 667713

LOCANDA DEL

PILONE

Strada Della Cicchetta,

Madonna di Como 34, Alba (CN)

+39 0173 366616

DA FRANCESCO

Via Vittorio Emanuele 103

Cherasco (CN)

+39 339 809 6696

OSTERIA

ARBORINA

27

Annunziata (CN)

+39 0173 500340

GUIDO 

Tenuta di, Via Alba 15 

Fontanafredda (CN)

+39 0173 626162

IL CIAU DEL

TORNAVENTO

Piazza Leopoldo Baracco 7 

Treiso (CN)

+39 0173 638333

CANNAVACCIUOLO

CAFFE'& BISTROT

Piazza Martiri della Libertà 1 

Novara (NO)

+39 0321 612109

ZAPPATORI

Corso Torino 34 

Pinerolo (TO)

+39 0121 374158

CANNAVACCIUOLO

CAFFE'& BISTROT

Via Umberto Cosmo 6 

Torino (TO)

+39 011 839 9893

MAGORABIN

Corso S. Maurizio 61/B 

Torino (TO)

+39 011 812 6808

DEL CAMBIO

Piazza Carignano 2 

Torino (TO)

+39 011 1921 1250

I DUE BUOI

Via Camillo Cavour 34 

Alessandria (AL)

+39 0131 517105

IL CASCINALE 

NUOVO

SS231 

Isola d'Asti (AT)

+39 0141 958166

IL PATIO

Via Oremo 14

Pollone (BI)

+39 015 61568

VILLA 

D'AMELIA

Località Manera 1 

Benevello (CN)

+39 0173 529225

MARC LANTERI

AL CASTELLO

Via Castello 5 

Grinzane Cavour (CN)

+39 0173 262172

CHARME 21.9

FLAVIO COSTA

 Località Carretta 4 

Piobesi d'Alba (CN)

+39 0173 387200

LA REI

Via Roddino

Serralunga d'Alba (CU)

+39 0173 613042

MASSIMO

CAMIA

Strada Provinciale Alba - Barolo 122

 La Morra (CN)

+39 0173 56355

LOCANDA 

DI ORTA

Via Olina 18 

Orta San Giulio (NO)

+39 0322 905188

COMBAL. ZERO

Piazza Mafalda Di Savoia 

Rivoli (TO)

+39 011 956 5225

CARIGNANO

Via Carlo Alberto 35 

Torino (TO)

+39 011 517 0171

SPAZIO 7

Via Modane 20 

Torino (TO)

+ 39 011 379 7626

DOLCE

STIL NOVO

Reggia di Venaria, Piazza della Repubblica 4 

Venaria Reale (TO)

+39 346 269 0588

LA FERMATA

Str. Bolla 2 

Spinetta Marengo (AL)

+39 0131 618506

LOCANDA DEL

SANT'UFFIZIO

Strada Sant Uffizio 1 

Cioccaro di Penango (AT)

+39 0363 49075

LAROSSA

Via Giacomo Alberione 10/D 

Alba (CN)

+39 0173 060639

ALL'ENOTECA

Via Roma 57 

Canale (CN)

+39 0173 95857

LA MADERNASSA

 Località Lora 2 

 Castelrotto Guarene (CN)

+39 0173 611716

IL CENTRO

Via Umberto I° 5 

Priocca (CN)

+39 0173 616112

GUIDO

DA COSTIGLIOLE

Località San Maurizio 39 

Santo Stefano Belbo (CN)

+39 0141 841900

TANTRIS

Corso Risorgimento 384 

Novara (NO)

+39 0321 657343

GARDENIA

Corso Torino 9 

Caluso (TO)

+39 011 983 2249

LA CREDENZA

Via Cavour 22 

San Maurizio Canavese (TO)

+39 011 927 8014

CASA

VICINA