Speciali Piemonte & Val d'Aosta
Wild sockeye salmon topped with sautéed porcini and truffle oil, served with roasted rosemary potatoes and sautéed asparagus.
We are delighted to bring you specialties from Piemonte and Val d’Aosta. These cold northern regions are well-known for their love of hearty dishes and dairy, be it cheese, butter, or cream, and it has figured heavily in everything from appetizers to desserts. Both regions are also quite famous for their various wines, both red and white, a couple of which we offer.
Piemonte (Piedmont), literally meaning foot of the mountains, lies at the foot of the Alps. It is bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north and surrounded by the Alps on three sides. Piemonte completely surrounds Val d’Aosta, the smallest region in Italy, a landscape of alpine peaks and diverse valleys. The cuisine of Piemonte derived from two distinct culinary traditions. The more sumptuous and rich one (chocolate, zabbaglione (egg custard), and meat stews) developed at the Court of Savoy when the French invaded the area. The poorer tradition is of the peasants, born from the necessity to create both nutritious and tasty meals from local goods found easily and cheaply, and this hearty peasant fare is still more characteristic of the cuisine of Val d’Aosta, or Aosta Valley. Spanning both regions is the oldest national park, the Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, established in 1922, where it is still possible to see ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots in their natural habitat. The Gran Paradiso boasts majestic peaks, including the highest peaks in the Alps: Cervino, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the king of them all, Mont Blanc, which at 15,781 feet is the highest mountain in Europe. For the adventurous there’s everything from skiing to mountain-biking to canoeing. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, explore the fine food and the many vineyards and wineries for which both regions are famous. No less than thirteen grapes are considered native to Val d’Aosta, and most of them are used as blends in the majority of local DOC-labeled wines. Piemonte also produces exceptional wines, including Barbera, Moscato and Dolcetto. Piemonte in general is known for its outstanding big red wines such as Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, and Barolo, called “the king of wines and the wine of kings.” Buon appetito!