In Piedmontese dialect, the word ‘piola’ is the village ‘osteria’, the place where you can eat traditional dishes and drink an abundance of local wine.
Hidden behind the term, however, lies a deeper meaning, describing a sensation: in piola, you go to be together, to have fun. The convivial atmosphere, almost family-like, is the perfect complement to the food on the table and the wine in the glasses.
So, when in 2005 the Ceretto family chose to open a place that offers the typical cuisine of the Langhe, the choice dictated the name. Not "a" piola but "the" Piola, a testament to the desire to be faithful interpreters of a culinary tradition that has made the Langhe one of the most famous in the world for the quality of food.
IN THE KITCHEN
"Always passionate about cooking, in 1991 he obtained the certificate of assistant chef at the hotel management school of Como Monte Olimpino. Training: The Albereta of Gualtiero Marchesi, the Miramonti in Concesio (BS), Righi la Taverna in San Marino, Da Candida in Campione d’Italia, Cavallo Bianc in Aosta, La Terrazza of Via Palestro in Milan. "One of my greatest fortunes was to have Luciano Tona as a teacher (current head of education at ALMA), who immediately instilled in me the philosophy of haute cuisine. Thanks to the passion of the Ceretto family, and the determination of Enrico Crippa, I am able to express myself in “Piola”. For me, it’s the best restaurant in the Langhe."
IN THE DINING ROOM
He went to the hotel school in Barolo directed by Don Gianoglio from 1990/1992. After finishing school, he went into the realm of Antonio Verro and Claudia Francalanci of La Contea in Neive where he learnt the ropes about everything a person in the industry should know. With his wife he then opened a place in Alba (Retrogusto Wine Cafe) in which he obtained some personal experience that taught him how to be an owner. He has been in charge of La Piola since 2008
Here, at La Piola, the menu is written on a daily basis with chalk on the big blackboard in the main dining room:it follows the market and the seasons, and therefore changes often. A blackboard seemed to be the ideal solution.
Just at its doorstep is the historic center of Alba, with its wine shops, fruit and vegetables markets, and butchers with expert hands. And just beyond, are the hills of the Langhe, the oaks trees that hide truffles, the artisans using fresh milk to produce cheese, and the forests of hazelnuts.
In the words of the father of French cuisine Auguste Escoffier, no dish will ever be better than the worst of its ingredients: this principle also guides the chef Dennis Panzeri, in the kitchen at La Piola.
Here, in fact, the suppliers, both passionate and meticulous, are the same as those behind the project of Piazza Duomo, one floor above: the tradition and modern kitchens have the same basis, and a common imprinted theme from the collaboration with Enrico Crippa.
CARRELLO DEL BOLLITO MISTOHead, veal flank, tongue, Biancostato, ‘Cotechino’ (typical boiled salami) and chicken accompanied by Piedmontese "Bagnet" (typical red sauce made from tomatoes and garlic)
from 2 December 2015 to 30 March 2016 (every Wednesday)
With winter vegetables from the garden of Enrico Crippa
From 15 February to 20 February (lunch and dinner)
Fritto Misto alla Piemontese‘Fritto Misto alla Piemontese’ (Piedmontese mixed fry-up) vegetables, meat, fruit and dessert in the traditional way
From 22 February to 27 February (lunch and dinner)
FinanzieraLanghe tradition of offal and intestines
From 29 February to 5 March (lunch and dinner)
3 glasses of wine
4 glasses of wine
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Arco SAS di Enrico Crippa e C.
PIVA (Vat) 03013820042
Rea n. 255372 C.C.I.A.A. Cuneo
Lunch from 12.15
Dinner from 19.15
and in October and November open for Sunday lunch
In December and January (variable).