One day in Cuneo - any restaurant suggestions?
Will be spending one day in Cuneo (Saturday) and as i found little info about the place i would kindly need some recommendations for a lunch and dinner here. Ideally, i would be interested in one fish-based meal - and that's why on my list of maybe is the spanish "Don Felipe". Other places i was wondering about to choose from are Amici Miei, Tratoria Leone Bianco and Osteria Senza Fretta. Any input would be appreciated!
Here is a report on our Saturday lunch in Cuneo in fall 2011, from my Piemonte dining report:
Saturday we drove through the Langhe, passing through La Morra, Barolo and Dogliani, then headed to Cuneo. I was unsure what to expect there as it is generally ignored by tourist guides but being the capital of the region, I figured it should have something going for it, and indeed it did. There is a grand piazza in the center, and a charming old quarter with an arcaded main street and narrow streets and alleys running off it. Not having gotten any restaurant info, I relied on Michelin and we checked out the menus at three places as we strolled. We ended up choosing Osteria della Chiocciola, and had a fabulous lunch in a beautiful upstairs dining room with a high ceiling and huge wooden beams. We shared a starter of tongue salad with red onion, pignoli and balsamic, and then potato gnocchetti with castelmagno cheese sauce. For main courses we chose veal with olive tapenade and loin of pork with a mustard gravy. Both were served with zucchini and carrots. All were exceptional. The wine list is very impressive (there is also a wine shop and wine bar on premises). I picked a Roero Braja Riserva 2007 from Deltetto (17 euros). This was a superb wine, less heavy than Barolo but still full-bodied, very easy drinking. With water and coffee, total was 61 euros. We skipped dessert because there is a branch of Grom on the main piazza and we were very happy to have some gelato there.
Sorry I can't be of help with fish, as this was entirely a meat-based meal. Link to the full report on Piemonte dining: