Locando Borgo Antico - Barolo
by Noni & Bob
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Locando Borgo Antico that started with our turning down the road leading to the vineyard/ restaurant to be confronted by about 50 or so runners coming toward us in a race. We managed to avoid hitting any of them.
The restaurant is not the rustic place we'd expected but contemporary with a stunning interior. Very unique.We sat in the enclosed veranda with wonderful views of the vineyard & hills beyond. Above us was a beautiful glass canopy.
The menu has some very interesting, unusual combinations & struck us a bit like Italy meets new California. Some choices were more successful than others - a poached egg served over black rice with a light chevre like cream sauce was delicious.
The carbonara was delicate but not very flavorful. The rack of lamb was terrific, tender & well seasoned. A pork dish had lightly battered chunks, fried and accompanied by a nice apricot curry sauce. The pork itself was a bit boring. The salt cod appetizer got raves.
Another winner & something we didn't expect to see on a menu here was the tuna, slightly Asian but also Piedmont. The desserts ( we had sorbets & a hazelnut cake) were a hit.
The wine list is an extraordinary library of locally produced wines. A nice touch was the tray of assorted sweets presented at the end of the meal ( mini panna cotta shooters, creme filled merengue, mini marmalade tarts & mini profiteroles).
The service was very good, attentive but not overbearing.
The bill for six of us with two bottles of Brunello Di Montalcino( lest you accuse us of ignoring the local wines, we'd been drinking our fair share of Barolos, Barbarescos & Barberas over the past few days)came to 90 Euros per person. This was the most expensive meal we've had in the area but we all agreed it was worth it.Andrew's reply
Thank you very much for sharing. I really enjoyed reading your review and although I have never eaten at the restaurant it does have a very good reputation for traditional Piedmont cuisine with a modern twist - exactly as you described it.