We 'discovered' Bella Baita last year and have just revisited. We know that they are passionate about their valley so we asked Marla to put a gastronomic itinerary together for us so we have just had 3 days of wonderful eating and drinking experiences. We flew to Turin and Fabrizio picked us up so we didn't have to drive.
Our first day down in the Chisone valley was a visit to a local goat farmer to learn about cheesemaking followed by the most amazing 'light lunch' ever experienced, consisting of platters of his own and local cheese and meats. Marla provided the bread which she makes every day. As if this wasn't enough, we were served up with veg which he had just dug from the garden-and all helped down with a bottle or two of the local red wine. Such a convivial occasion as neighbours called in to chat and eat as well!
Day 2 was a trip to a vineyard to learn a bit about winemaking and of course sample the products. To our surprise we found the table laid up in the bottling room with more local delights -different cheeses( served with local honey) and meats from this part of the valley, with bread and their own cherry jam to finish!
Day 3 morning started with a drive down to Pinerolo market to buy food with Marla for our cooking lesson later that day. Then back up the hill for an inspection of the garden in which Fabrizio grows a lot of their fruit and veg. For our meal that evening we cooked pasta with a sauce, a selection of anti pasti, stuffed peaches and to finish, a jar of home grown cherries steeped in grappa appeared on the table. All washed down with some excellent local wines. Marla creates the cookery course menu on an individual basis so these were our choices.
This was eating and drinking on a very special level. Everything was locally sourced so we felt we were contributing to the local economy and they provided us with an exceptional gastronomic experience.
Go try for your own experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small inn, 57km (30 miles) SW of Turin in the mountains. We offer a balance of mountain activities and day excursions whilst enjoying the culinary delights of this region. All levels of walking, climbing, and cycling are just outside your door. We offer small custom "Cooking Together" sessions as well. Whether you are looking for relaxation or activities of Val Chisone, our peaceful alpine surroundings make Bella Baita the perfect choice. ... more less