There can be few reasons to visit Alba. It's a pleasant, busy, modern town with cobbled pedestrain streets. Very little attractions, except high baroque churches as usual. Nice gelaterias and some mostly garment shops. Apart from that, unexceptional.
Other than for wine tasting, that is. A good location for sampling wonderful varied wines, including of course the wonderful Barolo. Our large group was doing just that, and had a fine time. The first night we were taken to the Osteria dell Arco, and had a great local meal. The highlight was simple local pasta. The same style of pasta was on sale in all the shops, but this 'angel hair' was unfamiliar. Highly recommended.
The service was good, knowledgeable and friendly. Quite unlike some of the reviews I read. Maybe it was because we were a group rather than a couple. But I take as I find, and can recommend this restaurant as the best food and experience of our 5 days in this region.
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