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Top Choice Modern Piedmont in Alba

La Piola

Part of the Ceretto family's small empire, La Piola offers a faithful menu of traditional Piedmontese dishes but at the same time manages to be stylish, modern and relaxed (let's put it down to sprezzatura – the Ita…
Wine Bar in Alba


Squeeze through the door and sift through a list of over 350 varieties or, if in doubt, have a Barolo. Downstairs, in a cool vaulted stone cellar, the restaurant serves up huge healthy salads and pasta.
Osteria in Alba

Osteria dei Sognatori

Menu? What menu? You get whatever's in the pot at this dimly lit place. Munch on the theatrically large breadsticks while you wait for an array of antipasti to arrive, then try and keep up as the dishes mount up. Wa…
Gastronomy in Alba

Piazza Duomo

Enrico Crippa's Michelin-starred restaurant is now in its second decade and considered one of Italy's best. Dreamlike frescoes by Francesco Clemente fill the fleshy pink dining room, which is otherwise a bastion of …
Osteria in Alba

Osteria della Rosa Rossa

Traditional trattorias serving dishes made with snails include Osteria della Rosa Rossa. Advance reservations are required.
Food & Drink in Alba

Fiera del Tartufo

October's precious white truffle crop is bought, sold and celebrated at this annual festival, held every weekend from mid-October to mid-November. Come and watch princely sums exchanged and sample autumn's bounty. B…
Brewery in Alba

Pensavo Peggio

A 15-minute walk from the old town, this 'microbirrificio e ristoro', brewery and restaurant, is also one of the city's liveliest places to drink. Join Alba's younger set here for excellent microbrews and interestin…
Bar in Alba

Bistrot dei Sognatori

This nondescript corner bar packs in the ragazzi (guys) every night: perfect if you're done with fine dining and upmarket enoteca. Wine choices are still excellent, as are the spritz, cocktails and late night sound …
Wine Bar in Alba


BA here stands for Barbaresco and this bright and welcoming little enoteca is a relaxed aperitivo favourite, with a good range of local wines and knowledgeable staff. Located on the historic center's perimeter road,…
Pastries in Alba

Golosi di Salute

Pastry chef Luca Montersino is known throughout northern Italy for his biscuits, cakes, tarts and spreads that variously avoid gluten, dairy or sugar; these days his produce is available as far afield as New York. H…