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RE: Slow Food.... [moved from General Topics]

Pollo Sep 27, 2006 05:29 PM

One more time....I'm contemplating going this year to the Salone Internazionale de Gusto in Torino, ITALY at the end of October (Slow Food event). I would appreciate any information/advice on any topics/areas related to this event (worth the trip?, what not to miss? restaurants/hotel recommendations?, etc.).

  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 05:31 PM

    If you're in Italy at the end of October, spend a few days in Barolo gorging on white truffles.

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      RicRios Sep 27, 2006 05:36 PM

      Or even better, drive a few miles northeast from Barolo to Alba for their white truffles festival.
      http://www.initaly.com/regions/piedmo...

      (But be prepared to pay around 2.50 euro per gram)

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      1. re: RicRios
        Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 06:17 PM

        Barolo's a much nicer place to stay, right in the heart of the wine and truffle-hunting country. In season every restaurant in the district has truffles. Not much use in buying your own if you don't have a kitchen.

        http://www.kobrandwine.com/maps/flash...

        Alba is to Barolo sort of as Napa is to Napa Valley.

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        RicRios Sep 27, 2006 06:45 PM

        Not quite. Both Alba and Barolo are towns in Piemonte, in the Cuneo province.

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        1. re: RicRios
          Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 09:00 PM

          Alba, like the city of Napa, is relatively built up, so if you stay there you'll be a short drive from the vineyards, rather than right among them as you would be in Barolo.

        2. rabaja Sep 27, 2006 06:51 PM

          Both Alba and Barolo have their charm, and don't miss Barbaresco, it is so sweet, although very small.
          Eat at Antica Torre for a nice, long lunch, with lots of delicious red wine.
          This region is definitely worth the trip, try to get a car so you can explore all of the little towns, even the drive up north is very doable and Valle d'Aosta is beautiful.
          Why is this on this board?

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