Browsing by Category: Piedmont

The Mad Dog “speakeasy”.

From speakeasy-inspired cocktail bars and natural wine bars to offal-laced restaurant menus, Torino constantly leaves me thirsty and hungry for more. This elegant city in Piedmont feels worlds away from Rome and I love strolling its porticoed streets, grazing from place to place. Here are my top picks for where to eat and drink:

A very special thanks to Vittorio Rusinà of Tirebouchon for making so many of these suggestions!

The grape harvest in Piedmont is nearly upon us and, while nebbiolo, freisa, barbera, arneis, and other native varieties are plucked from their vines, another lesser known harvest is also commencing. In the Alta Langa region of Piedmont, the ancient enkir grain variety is being cultivated in a (more…)

Liquid nitrogen aperitif at The Fat Duck.

2011 has come and gone and my 2012 calendar is beginning to fill up with what promise to be exciting culinary adventures. There is something very satisfying about planning meals half a year in advance but before I begin drifting in and out of food comas, it is high time to reflect on the meals, dishes and experiences that enriched (more…)

On Thursday, 40 people gathered at Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi for a special tasting of Mauro Musso’s pasta. Mauro, who is originally from Alba in Piedmont, quit his job a few years back to pursue the difficult endeavor of artisanal pasta making. He transformed the ground floor (more…)

One of the most passionate food artisans I have ever encountered is Mauro Musso, the proprietor of Casa dei Tajarin, a small pasta operation he runs out of the ground floor of his parents’ home in Alba. There, he makes the traditional pasta of Piedmont’s Langhe region using rare flours (more…)