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Top Choice Piedmont in Cuneo

4 Ciance

A warm, unpretentious place that makes everything from scratch, including the bread. Local specialities (beef cheek in Nebbiolo wine) are requisitely earthy but plated with an unexpected elegance for such a well-pri…
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…
Museum in Cuneo

Museo Civico di Cuneo

Cuneo has some wonderfully dark and mysterious churches. The oldest is the deconsecrated San Francisco convent and church, which today hosts this museum tracking the history of the town and province.
Gastronomy in Cuneo

Osteria della Chiocciola

Slow Food–affiliated Chiocciola's upstairs dining room is the colour of buttercups and makes for a soothing setting to linger over expertly crafted local, seasonal dishes. Its lunch menu (meals €15 to €23) is a fabu…
Sweets in Cuneo


This 1920s-vintage chocolatier invented the Cuneesi al Rhum, a large, rum-laced praline wrapped in cellophane. The chocolates came to the attention of Hemingway, who made a detour from Milan en route to Nice in 1954…
Museum in Saluzzo

Museo Civico di Casa Cavassa

This fine example of a 16th-century noble residence contains a valuable 1499 gold-leaved painting, Nostra Signora dell Grazie (Our Lady of Mercy), by Hans Klemer.
in Saluzzo


A few kilometres south of Saluzzo, the creaking medieval castle in the village of Manta is one of the finest examples of its kind, and carefully guards Europe’s most important cycle of late-Gothic secular frescoes. …
in Saluzzo

L’Ostu dij Baloss

Spring lamb cooked three ways (grilled, in red wine, and baked) and homemade tajarin pasta (finely cut strands, similar to tagliatelle) are among the local specialities served at Baloss’ damask-clothed upstairs rest…
Mediterranean in Saluzzo

Le Quattro Stagioni

As the name implies, the food changes with the season at this bodega-cum-restaurant situated in a street of dark porticoes and obscure arcades. The smell of fruity wine through the doorway provides the initial tempt…
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.