Report from Alba, Italy (Piemonte) October 2022

As part of our recent trip to Europe, we spent 3 days in Alba, staying at the Hotel Langhe, a favorite where we have stayed several times before. It was wonderful to return to this region after 6 years. The food in the countryside close to Alba is an embarrassment of riches, along with wonderful wines and beautiful scenery. The hotel has apparently been completely renovated recently, and is a great bargain at around 150 euros including a very nice breakfast.

We were there during the truffle festival, and though we are not inclined to spend the money for white truffles, many dishes came with black truffles which we love.

Ranking the restaurants:

  1. Marsupino (Briaglia) - We were there in 2016 and decided to return. It was very much worth it.

  2. Violetta (Calamandrana) and Bovio (La Morra) tied for second place. We hadn’t been to either of these before and were very happy with both. Bovio was particularly generous with the black truffles.

  3. La Coccinella - Again a repeat visit, and very enjoyable.

  4. La Torre (Cherasco) - I would have preferred Osteria Veglio in La Morra, but despite contacting them far in advance, it was fully booked, and they are closed Sunday and Monday, so Saturday’s dinner was at La Torre, where we has also been some years back. The food was good but not at the same level as the others.

A complete report on what we ate, along with photos and travel information, is on my blog:


Lucky you being in Alba. We typically stay in Diano d’Alba and love the area.

Adore Bovio. Was there last June. Wonderful service and food and glorious views from the terrace.

Cherasco, our favorite place for lunch is Pane e Vino — Flavio makes the whole meal such fun.

Next time you are in the area make a reservation at Agnulot in Verduno. Tiny place but simply exquisite.

And we never miss Osteria Veglio but we are typically there for at least 10 days so lots of time to eat!

Piemonte is our favorite region to visit.