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Piemonte – Food

Piedmont is a region of gastronomic excellence, mainly in Langhe and Roero areas. Additionally, it is also one of the major Italian wine producer.

Piedmont cuisine offers warm and hearty dishes. Delicious natural products, such as Carmagnola pepper, Alba truffle, Langhe hazelnutsrice from Vercelli. And let’s not forget the butter and meat, such as the fine ox of Carrù, or fine kinds of cheese like the Castelmagno.

Many products now considered as national heritage come from Piedmont, such as breadsticks, gianduja and gianduiotti chocolate, and the vermouth, an aromatized wine invented in Turin and become a classic aperitif throughout Italy. Among the typical dishes of Piedmont cuisine: bagna cauda, a garlic and anchovy sauce, excellent as dressing for different vegetables; agnolotti, ravioli stuffed with roast; tajarin, very thin egg noodles; different kinds of risotto, including panissa, a typical Vercelli dish with rice and beans; the finanziera, offal drawn with Marsala or Madeira; vitel tonnè (veal with tuna sauce); raw meat Alba style, with Parmesan and white truffle.

Typical desserts from Piedmont are baci di dama (Lady’s Kisses) and bonet, a pudding made with coffee and chocolate. Region capital Turin is famous for its chocolate.

Piedmont is also one of the major wine producers in Italy, famous for the many high excellence varieties and labels. The undisputed king of Piedmont production is Barolo, followed by Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Gattinara, Ghemme and the rarest Carema. Also very famous Barbera, Dolcetto, Cortese, Grignolino, good also as aperitif or to drink with fish dishes, and the sweet-smelling Moscato. Piedmont counts 16 DOCG wines and 42 DOC wines.


DOCG WINES IN PIEMONTE:

Alta Langa
Asti
Barbaresco
Barbera d’Asti
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore
Barolo
Brachetto d’Aqui or Acqui
Dogliani
Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba or Diano d’Alba
Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore or Ovada
Erbaluce di Caluso or Caluso
Gattinara
Gavi or Cortese di Gavi
Ghemme
Roero
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

DOC WINES IN PIEMONTE:
Alba
Albugnano
Barbera d’Alba
Barbera del Monferrato
Boca
Bramaterra
Calosso
Canavese
Carema
Cisterna d’Asti
Colli Tortonesi
Collina Torinese
Colline Novaresi
Colline Saluzzesi
Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato
Coste della Sesia
Dolcetto d’Aqui
Dolcetto d’Alba
Dolcetto d’Asti
Dolcetto di Ovada
Fara
Freisa d’Asti
Freisa di Chieri
Gabiano
Grignolino d’Asti
Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese
Langhe
Lessona
Loazzolo
Malvasia di Casorzo or Casorzo
Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Monferrato
Nebbiolo d’Alba
Piemonte
Pinerolese
Rubino di Cantavenna
Sizzano
Strevi
Terre Alfieri
Valli Ossolane
Valsusa
Verduno Pelaverga or Verduno

SLOW FOOD PRESIDIA IN PIEMONTE:
Confections and honey:
Mondovì Cornmeal Biscuits
High Mountain Honeys

Fresh and dried fruit:
Heritage Piedomontese Apple Varieties
Garbagna Bella Cherry
Tortona Strawberry
Bronda Valley Ramassin

Cheeses and dairy products:
Upper Elvo Raw Milk Butter
Mountain Pasture Castelmagno
Coazze Cevrin
Tuma Macagn
Monteborè
Roccaverano Robiola
Saras del fen
Langhe Sheep Tuma

Legumes:
Cortereggio Canavese Piattella bean

Vegetables:
Heritage Caraglio garlic
Nizza Monferrato Hunchback cardoon
Cureggio and Fontaneto Blond onion
Carmagnola Ox-Horn pepper
Capriglio pepper
Caprauna turnip
Orbassano Red celery

Fish, sea food and fish products:
Ceresole d’Alba tench

Breeds and animal husbandry:
Sambucano lamb
Morozzo capon
Carmagnola grey rabbit
Piedmontese blonde hen and Saluzzo white hen
Frabosana Roaschina sheep
Piedmontese cattle

Meat products:
Valdesi Valleys Mustardela
Tortona Valleys Salame
Gavi Testa in Cassetta

Wines and grapes:
Carema
Bormida Valley Terraces Dolcetto
Bagnario di Strevi Valley Moscato Passito

ARK OF TASTE PRODUCTS (SLOW FOOD FOUNDATION) IN PIEMONTE:
Distilled and fermented beverages:
Traditional Genepy from the Cuneo valleys

Cereals, flours and legumes:
Eight-corned maize
Gigante Vercelli rice
Maratelli
Borbera Valley Mollana
Villata bean

Confections and honey:
Mombaruzzo Amaretti
Mustaccioli
Rhododendron honey
Dandelion honey

Fresh and dried fruit:
Bella of Borgo d’Ale peach
Canarone apple
Buras apple
White and Red Calvilla apple
Carla apple
Dominici apple
Torriana grey apple
Magnana apple
Runsé apple
Gogiu pear
Madernassa pear
Martin Dubi pear
Martin Sec pear
Martinone pear
Pom Matan
Heritage Canale peach varieties

Cheeses and dairy products:
Beddo
Bettelmatt
Bruss
Upper Elvo Raw Milk Butter
Rimella Caprino
Ossolano Caprino
Ormea cheese
Gioda
Mascherpa
Borbera Valley Mollana Murianengo
Murtrit
Ossolano d’alpe Monscera
Raschera d’alpeggio
Rebruchon
Robiola del bec
Ceva and Mondovì Robiola
Salignàn
Testun
Toma del lait brusc
Balme Toma
Elva Toma

Vegetables:
Heritage Caraglio garlic
Motta squared pepper

Breeds and animal husbandry:
Roccaverano goat
Vallesana goat
Langhe sheep
Frabosana sheep
Savoiarda sheep
Pezzata rossa di Oropa cattle
Tortonese cow

Meat products:
Bale d’asu
Ponzone Baciato fillet
D’Ossola Valley Mortadella
Monferrato Muletta
Coggiola Paletta
Vigezzo Valley ham
Bra sausage

DOP PRODUCTS (Italian Protected Designation of Origin) IN PIEMONTE:
Cheeses:
Grana Padano
Taleggio
Bra
Castelmagno
Murazzano
Raschera
Roccaverano Robiola
Toma Piemontese
Gorgonzola

Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Baraggia Biellese and Vercellese rice

Fish, sea food and fish products:
Tinca Gobba Dorata del Pianalto di Poirino

Meat products:
Salamini italiani alla cacciatora
Cuneo prosciutto crudo

IGP PRODUCTS (Protected Geographical Indication) IN PIEMONTE:
Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Cuneo chestnut
Cuneo bean
Susa Valley chestnut
Cuneo red apple
Piedmont chestnut

Meat products:
Mortadella
Cremona salami
Piemonte salami

 

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