Enoteca Regionale del Roero in Canale d’Alba

May 29, 2006

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On May 23, 2006, Karyn, Blair, Linda and I dined at the Enoteca Regionale del Roero in Canale d’Alba, a quiet town with a mish-mash of bad architectural styles unified only by arcades and balconies.  As the capital of the Roero wine district north of Alba it features the regional wine center in a 19th century building in the middle of town with the restaurant All’ Enoteca” on the first floor.  The cuisine is modern Italian; we enjoyed it a lot.  The young clientèle seemed to be all local the evening we were there, except for us and one man dining alone who I suspected might be a Michelin inspector.  (They already have a star.)   No one made any effort to speak anything other than Italian to us, which worked out okay, but we discovered on the way out when we met the davide-palluda.jpgchef, Davide Palluda, that he speaks English and loves cherries.  But since we chose the surprise menu, we didn’t have to discuss choices.

We each started with a glass of prosecco and four little amuses gueules.  Then there was a superb octopus, shrimp, lobster and fava bean dish with cherry vinegar.  This was followed by a modern, improved version of vitello tonnato, with the tuna mayonnaise piled in the middle of nice pink veal slices.  Then there was a coddled egg, asparagus, olive croissant combination which is impossible to describe further.  ristorante2-canale.jpg

This was followed by a risotto with watercress and morels.  Then a rich, mustard-glazed cube of pork was accompanied by a juniper sorbet. 

The pre-dessert was yoghurt and strawberries and the dessert a sort of dolce de leche custard. 

All the courses were good, as was the service.  We had two bottles of 2005 Cecu Arneis and a bottle of 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo.  The wine list is huge, of course.  The prices for everything were very reasonable.  The website is

 http://www.davidepalluda.it.

We stayed at the new Hotel Munin in the Valpone suburb east of Canale.  It is friendly, clean, comfortable and efficient in a modest way.   

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