Risotto, with its attendant involvement of one’s extremities is not for the frail or overly skilled. It’s hard work and a well made risotto requires the attention of a loved one. It’s not unusual to find family members staffing a restaurant in its entirety, and while it’s no guarantee of quality, it is a good indication.
Out roughly in the middle of nowhere, one hour south of Alba where all of Briglia happens to be one can find the entirely familial and charming Trattoria Marsupino
, pictured. This is home to soul food, and fabulous cooking. I loved my meal here, it was home cooking at its finest and they even have rooms should you want to dive deeply into their extensive cellar which I would heartily recommend.
Osteria de Gemma
, at about half the distance to Briglia gets you far enough outside of the tourist zone to be able to step back in time to a simpler way of life. I’m not sure there’s a truffle on the menu here, yeah right, but if they do have I would be there for their deliciously rustic food and modest but well thought out and priced selection of wines.