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Wine & Dine
Some call Alba the
gourmet capital of Italy
— and for good reason.
By Nick Passmore
Photos (from toP): sImE/Estock Photo and courtEsy of tartuflanghE srl
It was October in Piemonte, Italy,
and that meant truffles.
Specifically, the most prized and expensive of these strange, alluring fungi: the
white Alba truffle. It was why I had come to
this region in northwest Italy, known in
English as Piedmont, and my pilgrimage
was rewarded the very first evening with a
near-religious gastronomic experience.
A small group of us dined at Antica
Corona Reale, a 158-year-old restaurant in
Cervere, near the town of Alba. We were
guests of Michele Chiarlo, proprietor of the
winery bearing his name, and his winemaker son, Stefano.
Our first course was a dish of delicate
tagliatelle and porcini in a veal broth, topped with
wafer-thin shavings of truffle and accompanied by
the Chiarlo Gavi di Gavi Rovereto 2010. Gavi is
normally considered nothing more than a pleasant
quaffing white, but this version was special. It came
from a single vineyard and had more than enough
gravitas to stand up to the rich pasta.
The high point of the meal, however, was the
l’uovo in concotte con tartufo
bianco — an egg
poached in a sauce of
cream and fontina
cheese from the
a mountainous region
just north of
Piemonte. At the
table, more truffles were shaved over the concotte.
This miraculous concoction was accompanied by
the velvety, polished Michele Chiarlo Cerequio
Barolo Riserva 2006. True indulgence! So mesmerizing was this culinary magic that it banished all
lingering jet lag and reduced the previously chattering table to reverential silence.
While these creations were exceptional, the
pairing of truffles and wine speaks to the very heart,
not to mention the stomach, of Piemonte. And over
the last generation, the two are responsible for transforming the region.
Demand for Piemonte’s wine and truffles has
fueled an influx of cash and tourism. Roads that
50 years ago still carried horse-drawn carts are now
clogged with BMWs and Audis.
On the morning after our revelatory dinner,
the skies were murky and gray. But the dull light
a white alba
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Table of Contents
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Architectural Attractions
Wine & Dine: Italy's Gourmet Capital
Adventure: Diving for Dinner
Golf: The Wyndham Championship
Adventure: Drive Time at Bondurant
Great Escapes: Riu Resorts
Gear Up: Tools to Stay Cool
Travel Feature: Seattle's Outdoor Delights
US Airways: Staffing the Skies
Health Matters: Rapid Recovery
Special Section: Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Must Read: The Book of Immortality
Great Dates: Euphoria Festival
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Giving: Pulling Together
Window or Aisle?
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