La Barrique Restaurant Guardobosone in Piemonte italy ~ Romancing Italy

Jun 12, 2009

La Barrique Restaurant Guardobosone in Piemonte italy

Today's post is a part of the World Blog Surf Day organized by Sher at Czech off the Beaten Path. Since the topic is about FOOD my focus will be on the restaurant La Barrique, Guardobosone in Piemonte, that serves typical foods of this region.

Note the name of the restaurant: La Barrique. Food in the Piemonte has been influenced by the French and this neighborhood has drawn many French on holiday weekends. One time, the dining room was full, but A was the ONLY Italian guest.

Now, I am not a person who can sit still for long so I am not suited for true Italian meals. A formal meal or a get-together (like the one we had last Sunday), consists of 6 courses. I can’t eat that much so I pick and choose.

Last night’s Antipasto (1) was a plateful of salumi (sliced cold meat) from Coggiola. Coggiola is another town in the vicnity and is the only town that prepares this type of cut meat. How's that for regional! It was served with sliced apples sitting on a bed of lettuce and covered light sauce.

This, like prosciutto, is not a cooked meat. You may be more familiar with the prosciutto and melon that is abundant in summer time.

I skipped the pasta dish as usual (2) (from the Primi Piatti section) and went straight to the Secondi.

(Side note: Last Sunday I ordered the Taglio di Manzo at the mountain restaurant and somewhat thin slices of very rare meat (VERY rare meat) were placed before me. I was told that “Taglio” always comes prepared that way. I was looking for a nice juicy steak! I've lost count of how much rare and even raw meat I've eaten here.)

So last night at La Barrique I jumped at the chance to order the Entrecote di Manzo (3). There is a farm called la Burla that supplies this restaurant with fresh cuts of the famous Piemontese beef.

Very interesting creation with a nest of rock salt sitting on top of the tastiest steak I’ve had in a while. A skewer of grilled onion, eggplant, potato and tomato was placed beside it with more round scoops of baked potato on the black backdrop of a plate.

All this was accompanied by a Barolo wine, also made in Piemonte.

We skipped the cheese (4) but at Sunday’s meal we devoured samples of sheep, goat and cow’s cheese, the latter (Toma) being the most popular from this area. I’ve not enjoyed cheese so much as when it is eaten with honey or marmalade of honey. Delicious!

Dessert (5) is a must for A and something else I usually skip. A baked pear dish made from fruits picked from the region came dusted with powdered sugar, a daub of whipped cream on the side and drizzled with chocolate.

Coffee and/or a liquor (6) is usually last. The liquor is said to help digest all the food that was just devoured.

I'm not sure if Annmucc in London experienced meals such as this when she visited Pisa a short while ago. However, I know from her experience that a technically minded chemistry/biology major going for her PhD knows how to enjoy the good things in life. Read her contribution at Rantings from Afar and get caught up in her boundless energy.

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  1. What a lovely meal you described here! You reminded me of Sunday lunches with my parents - I am originally from the French Riviera, so I grew up with food very similar to that of Italy.

    After 8 years in Western Canada, where meals tend to be a more casual affair, I wonder if I could still sit through a 6-course, 3-hour long dinner like I used to... maybe I would have to excuse myself after the main course and go play outside like the little kids usually do during long restaurant meals! ;)

    Have a lovely weekend,

  2. Hi Emmanuelle, You made me chuckle at your last comment, because I kept excusing myself to move around. Dinners with friends usually run about 4 hours and lacking background and language skills to participate, I am usually bored by the middle of the meal. That will change in time, I hope, and my butt might get used to sitting. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi Bev,
    Delicious description and photos! It's getting close to lunch time, and you've definitely made me hungry! We're going to Italy this summer, and I'm looking forward to finding food like this!

    Four hours of sitting through a meal--and not being able to understand everything--I can so relate! To keep from getting bored I try to listen to conversations around me and pick out the words I know. It helps sometimes, but not always! I don't blame you for getting up and moving around--I would do the same!!

    Have a great day,
    Sher :0)

  4. I love Italian food but don't think I could manage 6 courses! The most I've eaten in Italy was four and that was difficult!

    I also can't sit still for long and so would find it difficult to sit through a four-hour meal! (even if it did consist of delicious Italian food!)

    Best wishes,


  5. Meow! Extra rare and very raw meat, that is so my thing. You made me hungry, I hope Mommy opens the magic fridge soon and gets me a bite! She read your blog post also, and started to lick her lips like a cat as she read 'Barolo', she says that that is her absolute favourite Italian wine!
    Oscar, the Expat Cat

  6. Awesome dinner! I think I would have to skip a part of this big meal, too...but not the dessert...that looks heavenly :o)

  7. Oh WOW! MMM! Reading your blog makes me want to run back to Pisa, if only for the food! I remember Taglio di Manzo (I never oredered it, but tasted it from the plates of others). I envy you being always around that quality of food!
    and thanks for your comments about my blog ;)

  8. What a great meal! Would've loved to join and I would not have skipped on any part, especially the cheese(s) since thy're either hard to get here in Thailand where I live now or very expensive.

  9. So refreshing to read a non-vegetarian account!

  10. Like previous commentators, my mouth was watering reading your descriptions and seeing your photos. I've been entertained to Sunday lunch in France where there are 7 or 8 courses served between 12 midday & around 4pm. The trick is to eat a little of each so leaving some room for the course to follow. How you can skip such a wonderful dessert is beyond my comprehension!!!!

  11. This meal sounds absolutely fabulous. And I am someone who can sit for a long time as long as there's food involved and coffee at the end.

    Lovely to meet you and read about your WBSD meal!

  12. Woo. I don't think I could do it. Such complicated food and so many courses. I'm tired thinking about it. :)

  13. Its 9am, and I am totally ready for the meal you desribes here..))!

  14. Wow, that's a terrific meal and gorgeous presentation too!

  15. Roz, thankfully, the multi course meals are left for special occasions and perhaps on Sunday when we are all lazy.

  16. Sher, I am SURE you will find even more beautiful dishes here in the summer. The color and taste just bursts forth in the summer time and it's one of the times I love to eat here. It's a well-rounded it's wonderfully hot.

  17. Welcome Oscar, it is always a pleasure to have a four footed visitor. Macchia and Argo greet you in particular...WOOF!

    don't worry, they are cat friendly...they just don't care for birds.

  18. Ivanhoe, I never remember to pace myself and end up too full for most desserts except gelato.

  19. @Annmuc, COME BACK!!!!

    @Camille, it's the things that you don't have that you crave the most. I happen to adore cheese and it's always in the least three different types....hmm, should I be telling you that?

  20. Hi Martin, a long, long time ago I tried to give up eating meat and i didn't succeed. I was raised eating it and only know meals with, I guess if the meat on the market becomes worse and worse, I will just have to shoot my own...or have one of the many hunters here do it for me.

    BTW, I always think of you and your field of crops when I look at my little vegetable garden. With the heat as it is now, I am so thankful it's small. You are an inspiration!

  21. @Ricky - I can't leave anything back once it's on my plate...and their servings are so HUGE. If it were in a home and I served myself it would be easier to just take a little. Like Sher at Czech off a beaten path, italian moms push and shove their food in front of you and it's hard to say "no thanks"....and then fruit and dessert is out of the question.

  22. @the will fit in very well here. Isn't there an italian secion in Argentina where they serve meals like this?

    @Wendy...then if you are anything like me, you will need to get up, wash your face, do something to just not fall over in a food-drugged sleep at the table. time you come to Italy, you will have to stay longer and/or not miss your plane so you can have your dinner...:-)!

  23. Hi Yazar, welcome to Romancing Italy. Glad you stopped by and commented. You are right, the presentation is just as important as the food itself. As an artist I completely appreciate this and have gotten over being self conscious about taking pictures of my food before I eat it.

  24. Thanks for the warm welcome, give my -distant- love to Macchia and Argo! Tell them I do care very much about birds, I take them any time ;-) Mommy always says she is a Dog and not a cat person *sigh* I fear there is a dog on the horizon...

  25. I am craving! Food looks so delicious. Love it!


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