A friend and I were wine tasting in the Barolo region of Piedmonte when we befriended a wine maker and a in-the-know local. A discussion on wine quickly changed to food and she was kind enough to give us some recommendations for dinner in the area including several of her favorites. One of them was La Ciau del Tornavento.
Simple put, this place dazzles the senses in some many ways. The food, an imaginative, contemporary-style cuisine, is fresh and delectable. The wine cellar is mind-blowing with an extensive and impressive list of wines from the region at far better prices than you will find once the wines reach the US. The restaurant opens up to an outdoor patio with evocative views of the Langhe country side below. And while some Michelin-starred restaurants may seem a bit stuffy, this place is welcoming with impeccable service. The chef even steps out of the kitchen each evening and walks around and chats with each table. The prices are extremely fair given all this place has to offer.
If you love wine, the Piedmonte province produces some of the highest quality wines in the world including Barolo and Barbaresco. The landscape is beautiful with its green running hills covered with vines. Makes for some fantastic driving and scenic views. In addition to some amazing and beautiful vineyards, there are many drivable small towns with historical buildings, boutique hotels, and fine eateries. Let me know if I can help you curate a locally-focused trip to this amazing region of northern Italy.