Enoteca Regionale del Roero in Canale d’Alba

May 29, 2006


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


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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