Typical Piedmont Italian foods
Piedmont Italian foods has very strong roots in its country history especially from the 19th. century it was greatly influenced by French cuisines. Never short of ingredient coming from their valley, lakes, hills and mountains to fuel their passion for good food Piedmontesi as lovers of nature, love a good spread of Italian foods on their table reflecting the catch or harvest of the seasons. The selection is too wide to fit into this page thus we have opted to mention only the most popular ones.
Video introduction below will give a good snapshot of Piedmont Italian foods showcasing some of our beautiful Piedmont Italy countryside as well. This video last approximately 4.55 minutes it's pretty entertaining.
STARTING WITH ANTIPASTO
Most Piedmont recipes are simple to cook with astonishing results. Antipasto is a very important mix of Piedmont menu, there's a wide range of antipasto or appetizers .....one of which is Bagna Cauda. It is a dip made from garlic, anchovies, olive oil and butter. Cook over fire for many hours into a strong fragrance dip with extreme taste of garlic. This dish is consumed by dipping fresh, raw, boiled or roasted vegetable - cardoon, celery, cauliflower, artichokes, peppers and onions. It is placed in a big pan and served in individual cookster (fojot - as shown above). Is a popular dish during winter. Both trattoria and ristorante served Bagna Cauda but you can only find it on the menu in Piedmont Italy. A word of caution after a meal of Bagna Cauda it is best to have a toothbrush handy before you visit others.
What is traditional Piedmont Italy cuisines? It is most certainly anything and everything to do with rice. Novara and Vercelli are two of the greatest rice cultivation region of Italy. Rice are cooked in a variety of ways with vegetable, meat, fish, seafood and legumes. Two popular riso menu are Risotto alla piemontese rice cooked with meat broth and seasoned with nutmeg, parmesan and tartufo and Paniscia di Novara/Vercelli rice cooked with borlotti beans, salame and vegetables definitely a Piedmont specialty. Riso is often the first dish (primo) served on its own before main course. Other traditional Piedmont Italy cuisines are frogs served fried or in stew as well assnails cooked with variety of herbs either being served as 1st or 2nd dishes on the menu. Moving further north of Piedmont Italy where Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta seafood dishes are popular especially a dish cooked with perch fish. This is a prized fresh-water fish and it can be served in a variety of cooking techniques. A simple recipe is Perch with lemon sauce always a favorite in Italian kitchens.
Up in the mountain a dish call polenta is a must-have kitchen menu. It is made from ground yellow maize. Final result of the dish look much like mashed potatoes. Here in the North, polenta is prepared with various types of cheeses and butter - polenta concia and polenta with gorgonzola cheese. It takes almost an hour or more to prepare this and requires constant stirring. Originally polenta was a peasant menu, today it is served even at high-end restaurants. In the supermarket there are also fast/instant alternatives. Never beat making it the good old-fashion way.
ITALY AND CHEESE TOO MANY VARIATIES
Italy and cheese goes hand-in-hand. At the end of every meal in any Italians homes a good host or hostess will serves a cheese platter. There's a wide assortment to choose from. Castelmagno is one such prized. Traditionally made in the Province of Cuneo with cow milk its texture is semi-hard, semi-fat cheese tinged with blue mold. Its production is controlled by Denomination of Protected Origin (DOP) status, they regulate every aspect of its production therefore you are guaranteed of quality all the time.
Ask anyone in Piedmont Italy what is the ultimate prized food in Northern Italy. Without hesitation the respond will be tartufo bianco. Tartufo bianco (white truffle) is the most sought after by gourmet cook for their esteemed clients. To give you an impression of its value. Tartufo bianco costs approximately €4,50 per gram. To buy 100 gm tuber will set you back €450. Tartufo bianco is never cooked but shaved over pasta, risotto or fried eggs. This is the best way to savor their unusual frangrance and taste.
Tartufo nero (black truffle) are more commonly found and much less sought after and we do cook them, they do not have the same aromatic effect of tartufo bianco. Nevertheless it is tartufo. When next in Italy and if the price-tag is not too rich for you try a little tartufo bianco over your pasta would be great way to pamper yourself.
This video from Youtube created by yahtz17 best describe the search for tartufo bianco using special trained dogs. Video length approximately 3.14 minutes. It will give you a sense how difficult it is to find tartufo bianco which account for their exorbitant price.
BEST TIME TO VISIT PIEDMONT ITALY FOR ITALIAN FOODS
Autumn is the best time to experiencePiedmont Italian foods this is the season where our agriculture harvest is plentiful there's plenty of games, mushrooms, white truffle and wide variety of vegetables that allows one to be creative in our Italian kitchen! For those wishing to learn Italian cooking, you cannot find a better time to come it is one of our best season to enjoy food with the widest variety available in the market. Don't miss a chance to visit any of our open markets, you will be amazed not only by the variety of produce also with the way we sell them.
MORE REASONS TO CONSIDER AUTUMN ITALIAN HOLIDAYS IN PIEDMONT ITALY
International Truffle FairIt's held in Alba every week from
A fair is held every weekend showcasing
Feast your eyes on our beautiful autumn countryside. Drive through Laghe, Monferrato or Albugnano hilly regions . You will notice the intense contrast of nature in your drive. Witness impressive farm estates and may even pickup some home grown products along the way. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture those unforgettable moments
Wine tasting. It doesn't matter what season it is in Italy wine tasting is always a good choice with the many wine cellars and wine shops to choose from all over Piedmont provinces. If you haven't try our Asti Spumante before, this is a good time to give it a try. It is growing in popularity all over the world.
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