Piedmont Luoghi del Gusto

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Piedmont is a region brimming with wonderful gastronomy with a great selection of delicious specialities and menus that make the mouth water just hearing about them. The region is also known for some of the world's finest wines such as the red Barolo and Barbaresco and the white Roero Arneis.

Truffle time

Find out what the fuss is all about with truffles. It's a very special food concept in Piedmont and the annual truffle festival (Tartufo Bianco d'Alba) is held in Alba every year during October and November. You can even join in a truffle hunt at many hotels, see each hotel for details.

Tartufi Morra - Truffle shop

Tartufi Morra is located in the centre of Alba town in the Langhe area and has existed since 1930. The store's motto has always been to provide fresh high quality products with particular emphasis on truffles. You can buy many fresh truffles there during October to December, and outside of truffle season you can buy many products made with preserved truffles. You can find it at : Piazza Pertinace 3, 12051 Alba (CN). Tel (+39) 0173 364271.

Try the Barolo

The Langhe Wine District is home to the world famous Barolo wine, and it would be unusual to come here without trying it! We can recommend a trip to the Gallo Wine Gallery in La Morra where you can choose from over 2000 wines from Piedmont alone. As well as the shop, there is the wine bar next door where you can taste the wine with a good local foods such as cheese, sausage and ham, and local Piedmontese dishes. It's a good idea to book in advance. The address is : Via XX Settembre 3, 12064 La Morra (CN). Tel : +39 0173 509838.

... Or visit the mushroom experts

In Acqui Termi historic centre, you will find the cosy business Oliveri Funghi which has become a meeting place for gourmet enthusiasts over the years. People come to try their mushrooms that are found in the village Piancastagna close to Acqui Terme. This has since been a considerable business with factory and shop since the 1920's. Here, in addition to its pickled mushrooms also buy pickled peppers and other vegetables and sauces such as bagna cauda - there is a special Piedmontese specialty made on a base of anchovies. There are also jam and pickled hazelnuts for the sweet tooth. The address is : Via Carducci 14, 15011 Acqui Terme (AL). Tel: 39 0144 322558

Something for the sweet tooth

Piedmont's capital Turin is a city that holds chocolate in high regard, and this is reflected in the annual chocolate festival - Cioccolato - which takes place during March / April. One of the places you can enjoy chocolate and delicious cakes, is at Pasticceria Amore. The store focuses on keeping old recipes alive, some of which date back to the 1700's, which means tasting the world-famous Piedmontese hazelnuts delights. The store also offers probably the most famous Turin Giandujotti chocolate, which is a mixture between of the local hazelnuts and cocoa. The address is : Corso Sebastopoli 153, 10137 Torino. Tel : +39 011 393568

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