Ristorante al Castello Grinzane Cavour
Via Castello, Alba, Italy
http://www.castellodigrinza… - +39173262172
Ristorante al Castello Grinzane Cavour Alba Reviews
The ultimate castle of the white truffle Feb 06, 2010
Nico, our host at Hotel Langhe, had not exaggerated. He had recommended us to start our search for the best wines of the Barolo region at Grinzane Cavour, an impressive 13th century castle in the village of the same name, some 8 kilometers southwest of Alba.
The roads were good, the sun was out and the scenery was stunning. And then we arrived at the castle.
We found out that since 1999, this is the venue for the annual auction of the best and most expensive white truffles in the world, which are held via satellite connection with venues like Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, London, Berlin and Moscow, where buyers are willing to pay astronomical amounts for a truffle. In 2010, a Hong Kong buyer paid Euro 105,000 for a single truffle of 936 grams.
This castle is situated on a hilltop in the middle of the best Barolo vinyards. Forget Tuscany, this is the place!
It hosts two major attractions for every lover of Italian cuisine.
The "Enoteca", which is not just a wine shop, but more like an exhibition of art in the form of wines (Barolo's, Dolcetta's, Barbaresco's), grappa's and other local liquors, truffle products, olive oils and other treasures of the region, and they are for sale.
And the castle restaurant, where chef Alessandro Boglione turns all these local delicacies into magic culinary wonders, which earned the castle its Michelin star.
While we did not plan for it at all, and also were not really dressed for it, we realized that it was lunch time, and we ventured to ask if it was possible, perhaps, that we...?
And yes, we were welcome and led to our table in the stylish but cozy restaurant, and proposed some aperitive or white wine while making our choice of the impressive menu.
We made our choices, and if I remember correctly we had:
a tartare of roast tomato with basil and anchovies, and a local pate with a tomato dressing as starters;
delicate veal with caramalized shalots and a vegetable selection, plus rabbit with mushrooms and seasonal veggies as main courses.
As a red wine we had a bottle of Barbaresco which went well with both dishes.
The deserts that were served at the other tables looked irresistable, but we had "things to do" in the afternoon so with pain in my heart we settled for (delicious) espresso coffee with little chocolates.
Although this is the type of restaurant where people do not look for the prices on the menu, they are surprisingly reasonable for the ambiance and the quality of the food, which is absolutely great.
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