On Chasing Truffles
Where to go or how to cook those stinky little gems
Not in Piedmont
I don’t eat in Pizza in Piedmont, or rather I haven’t had a second pizza in Piedmont. Pizza, unfortunately is my favorite food. As such I tend to investigate the matter at hand perhaps more thoroughly than most. It’s also not on the allowed list of my menu, though that only sometimes stops me from eating a little pasta while in Italy. No, Piedmont has not seemed to be pizza territory and only waste my time on the best pizza. Instead it’s time to start investigating the big guns. the folks who can turn truffles into art, and parking lots into supercar campgrounds.
The two top restaurants in the Langhe seem to be Ristorante Bovio , with it’s fabulous terrace view and La Ciau del Tornavento. La Ciau is serious dining, and while it is at the highest level in Piemonte, it requires something of the diner. Some thought and attention. If you’re not willing to pay attention I don’t know that you’ll get your monies worth from some of the most interpretive cuisine in the region. On the other hand Bovio is more about the classics expertly prepared. And there’s that view.