2. Where to Eat
Piemontese comfort food is fonduta, tarajin, and risotto. With truffles, it's food porn. Choose a truffle with a piercing aroma and firm texture; about 60 grams serves two people. Eat one in the cavelike Guido da Costigliole beneath the Relais San Maurizio. At Le Torri (0173-62849) former Le Madri chef Bruna Alessandria makes the best pasta and risotto, paired with a stellar wine list. L'Osteria del Vignaiolo (Regione Santa Maria 12; 0173-50335) has a rustic atmosphere and flan di porri (leek pudding). Visiting American wine importers dine at Trattoria della Posta in Monforte d'Alba for the salt-cooked vitello and hand-chopped carne crude.