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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Lunch - Piazza Duomo

Our first post to this site was for a dinner at Vue de Monde and while we have been silent of late - the reasons of which are many and irrelevant to this post - we thought we should delve back into blogging with an amazing lunch at the incredible Piazza Duomo.

It's been a big year for Piazza Duomo - last November it gained its third michelin star which it retains in the new guide released yesterday, while it also made a massive leap in the Worlds Best Restaurants, moving from 89 to 41. From our very first visit three years ago we knew this place was something special and with every meal since it has managed to meet and exceed expectations.

We tend to book for lunch here as they tend to be leisurely affairs that can last over four hours - understandable when what you see below is just a small part of the amuse!

Clockwise from far left - chocolate olive meringue, corn taco with avocado, amaretto with umeboshi and nori

In the centre blocks - fried spaghetti - dipped in carbonara and spinach sauces

Crème Royal with miso reduction

Brussels Sprout, Mustard

Parmesan wafer with Goat Cheese

Cracker of Grano Saraceno (buckwheat)

Calling these tomes a wine list doesn't seem right and rather than rifle through the pages we select a matched option of Piemontese wines.

Fake olives - left is filled with raw prawn and the right with a tartare of fassone

Foie gras mousse - crispy corn, topped with a Crodino mousse

Mushroom Sponge topped with shaved raw Porcini

We've decided on the "Evasione e Territorio" menu which begins with this:

Insalata di Uova e Uova (Eggs and Eggs Salad) 

Served with a small cup of cod broth - dots of buttermilk dressing - caviar, grated yolk, nori and assorted leaves and herbs

Gamberi e Mosto D'Uva (Prawn and Grape Must)
Raw San remo prawn, mosto d'uva fragola, black grapes, fresh perilla leaves, dried perilla, burnet

Capesante, Ricci di Mare e Pecorino (Scallop, Sea Urchin, Pecorino)

Mandorle e Merluzzo (Cod and Almonds)

Cavolfiori ed Animelle (Cauliflower and Sweetbreads)

Rape e Agnello (Turnip and Lamb)

Risotto al Fungi Porcini e Anice Stellato - Porcini Risotto with Star Anise

Malfatti di Ricotta e Bietole (Malfatti of  Chard and Ricotta)

Cavoli e Piccione (Cabbage and Pigeon)

Minestra di Frutta e Verdura (Fruit and Vegetable Soup)

Torta di Mele, Indivie (Apple Pie and Endive)

Finally onto the petit fours and just like the amuse they are extravagent.

Whole Hazelnut Truffles

Passionfruit Jelly with Peanut Crust - Krumiri

Raspberry, Pistachio, Puffed Quinoa and White Chocolate

Choc coated Coconut Ice Cream

Grappa and Milk

Wine Matches:

Aperitivo: Marcalberto 2008 Brut Millesimato

Manzone Langhe Bianco Rosserto 2001
Cascina Montagnola Colli Tortonesi Timorasso "Morasso" 2009
Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2009
Ceretto Barolo Brunate 2007
Vignaioli di Santo Stefano 2004 Piemonte Moscato Passito

Piazza Duomo
Piazza Risorgimento 4, Alba
Tel. +39 0173 366167


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