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Traditional Piedmont cuisine and white truffles

Bridge66 Oct 23, 2012 09:24 AM

Wy wife and have traveled to Piedmont for the truffle festival in Alba for the past several years but our two year old has grounded us this year. However, after finding some old notes on what we had eaten on our last trip I really longed for some of the Piedmont clasics such as carne cruda, agnolotti del plin with butter and sage, and tajarin con tartufo. We will be visitng NYC (TriBeCa) in a few weeks (from Boston) and would like to find a place that serves some of those traditional dishes. If they don't exist, any suggestions for places that are serving fresh white truffles would do.

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    kathryn RE: Bridge66 Oct 23, 2012 09:46 AM

    Look into Manzo:

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      ttoommyy RE: kathryn Oct 24, 2012 10:32 AM

      I second Manzo. And if the restaurant is booked when you plan to go, sit at the bar. You get full service from the entire menu and the bar staff is very knowledgeable about food and wine. Buon appetito!

      1. re: kathryn
        Jorel RE: kathryn Oct 24, 2012 11:44 AM

        Babbo and Del Posto would be great options, if you're ok with that price point.

      2. JungMann RE: Bridge66 Oct 23, 2012 11:02 AM

        Barbetta is a mainstay of Piedmontese cuisine and I do believe they even have truffle hounds.

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          foodwhisperer RE: JungMann Oct 24, 2012 10:55 AM

          I'm no fan of the food at Barbetta . Barolo at one time had good food and it was food of Piedmont. I have not been to Barolo in many years, so I am not sure if the food is good these days. The owner , also owned i Tre Merli, ( Genoa food)

        2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Bridge66 Oct 23, 2012 01:00 PM

          Sorella inthe lower east side has tajarin, agnolotti, grissini, a few other Piedmontese specials, and a nice wine list with Piedmont wine. It's not exactly like being in Alba but close enough. The only other place I've found so far is in Seattle!

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            Bridge66 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Oct 23, 2012 06:25 PM

            Would we be better served by going to Scarpetta or Locanda Verde? Barbetta's interior is quite interesting, kind of scary actually. How is the quality of the food (at either place)?

            1. re: Bridge66
              Sneakeater RE: Bridge66 Oct 24, 2012 09:03 AM

              Neither Scarpetta nor Locanda Verde is remotely Piedmontese.

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