Archive | November 2012

2008 La Rocca Bianco and Dining at La Libera, Alba, Piemonte!

We arrived to Alba at the late afternoon and had some rest at our hotel. Before dinner, we had a short walk to Piazza Duomo to discover medieval old town of Alba.

Although there are hundreds of eateries in Piemonte region, we preferred to stay in Alba for our first dinner, cause the day after would be busy with winery visits! Anyway we were at Ristorante La Libera , is located in one of the narrow and tranquil street of Alba.

20121105-153110.jpgLa Libera has a sleek decoration with warm colors.

The menu is in Italian! But no problem, our waiter speaks English fluently and after her translation, we chose our meals. For the wine, the sommelier recommended us a white wine for our fist courses and she added that if we like the wine, we could continue with this bottle for the main courses as well ( so, we did !).

The wine was 2008 La Rocca Bianco, a surprisingly good white in very famous red wine region. The grape is Gavi’ s Cortese but the wine is made of Barbaresco grapes. Compare with more aromatic Gavi, the style of the wine is near to a good white Burgundy. On the nose complex aromas of daisy, lime, honey, toasted bread and butter are detectable and on the palate aromas are more intense, savory and long. It’s not heavy, well balanced and has smooth texture.

Our first courses were quite original and prepared by seasonal ingredients. And we were lucky to be Piemonte on October, it’s white truffle season.

20121106-170443.jpgSephia with Porcini mushroom cream and crocante

20121106-171242.jpgPatato gnocchi with white truffles

20121106-171505.jpgVeal with Tuna sauce – Raw meat – Russian Salad – Local ham

Unusual combination of Porcini and Sephia and more traditional Gnocchi with white truffles dishes were our favorites.

Our main courses were:

Veal with caper sauce
Veal was Juicy and delicious.

Yellowtail fillet
Crunchy surfaced Yellowtail was very well prepared.

Rabbit dumping with Sweetbread
Sweetbread was creamy but fried Rabbit was overcooked.

And Tiramisu was stunning.

The bill was fair for the attentive service, delicious food and wonderful wine.

It was good beginning to our holiday!