It is a must to visit the region during the white truffle festival (October and November) to taste the wonderful products of the Barolo region of Piedmont, with its rolling green hills and its ochre-walled towns, is a must.
Set on the first floor of the medieval square in Alba, the three-Michelin-star Piazza Duomo is led by chef Enrico Crippa. As soon as you enter the place, you will notice that the setting is rather unusual: a wide open room in soft pink, decorated with painted vine leaves by the Italian artist Francesco Clemente, who was inspired by the local landscape.
Crippa has access to the very best of produce thanks to his restaurant’s location in the food paradise of Piedmont, renowned for its cheeses, hazelnuts, grand wines and truffles, as well as his own garden of five hectares plenty of vegetables, where he finds inspiration for creating his menus.
The parade of snacks is extraordinary, featuring olives that are not in fact real ones, but small balls stuffed with a tartare of prawn. Highlights include the intricate ‘Salad 21, 31, 41, 51’, which references the varying number of seasonal ingredients put in a glass bowl containing a dash of broth, while ‘Panna Cotta Matisse’, inspired by the master chef Gualtiero Marchesi, is a colourful mosaic of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Piazza Risorgimento 4,
12051 Alba (CN),