5 05, 2011

Dr. Barbera, Enrico Druetto's Morej

2017-02-17T15:28:35+01:00May 5th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Piedmont, Wine & Spirits|0 Comments

During my recent trip to Piedmont, I was focused on finding small-scale natural wine producers. Maybe no one fits the bill as perfectly as Enrico Druetto. A pharmicist by profession, Druetto dedicates his days off to cultivating grapes and producing wine. He started […]

3 05, 2011

Mulino Marino, Where Tradition Meets Technology

2016-01-07T03:36:33+01:00May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Piedmont|0 Comments

On Friday I visited Mulino Marino, a family owned and operated mill in Cossano Belbo. You may already be acquainted with this place from this interview with apprentice miller Fulvio Marino, but to recap, Mulino Marino was founded by Felice Marino in 1955 and prides itself on […]

2 05, 2011

Il Dolce Mattone, The Sweet Brick

2016-01-09T13:34:42+01:00May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Piedmont, Sweets & Dessert|1 Comment

Il Mattone. Last week during dinner at Mauro Musso’s house, the conversation turned, not surprisingly, to food. The topic was the cucina piemontese, one I am both somewhat familiar with and totally ignorant of. There are really two cucine piemontesi: the one you find in restaurants (vitello […]

1 05, 2011

Piedmont Slays Tuscany

2016-01-09T14:12:55+01:00May 1st, 2011|Categories: Culture, Florence, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Piedmont, Sweets & Dessert, Wine & Spirits|8 Comments

Susanna Bianco of Az. Ag. Gigi Bianco in her vineyard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Piedmont is way better than Tuscany. Nebbiolo pummels Sangiovese Grosso, the Langhe and Roero are cooler than Val d’Orcia and Chianti, and I’ll take carne cruda over bistecca fiorentina any day of the week. Of course [...]

29 04, 2011

Lunch at Il Talucco in Valdengo

2016-01-09T13:34:41+01:00April 29th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Meat, Piedmont, Restaurants|13 Comments

The list of restaurants where I could happily move in next door and be content to eat in every day got a bit longer this week after a visit to Il Talucco. The organic restaurant, which its owners Valentina Aimone and Nico Zara define as “atipico” on their business card, is also a B&B. So [...]

28 04, 2011

Ezio Cerruti's Moscato Passito

2016-01-07T03:36:33+01:00April 28th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Piedmont, Sweets & Dessert, Wine & Spirits|3 Comments

Moscato bianco vines. When I pulled up to Ezio Cerruti’s house in Castiglione Tinella, there were major works in progress. The cantina was being transformed, the driveway was half-paved, and uprooted plants were scattered across the lawn. “The works should be done in ten days,” he told me, “but the cantina […]