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“Osteria La Brioska, Gattinara” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osteria La Brioska

Osteria La Brioska
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Gattinara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Osteria La Brioska was Established in 2007 in an ancient courtyard in the middle of Gattinara by the cook Giuseppina Baruffi with the aim to offer a typical wine and food experience. That's why almost everything is produced in Gattinara: from the worldwide famous wine to the raw materials used following the traditional recipes. In Gattinara's dialect the name Brioska means "place where you can temporary sell wine and food" and origins from an ancient tradition of the town.La Brioska is a warm "family-run business" managed by Giuseppina and her husband Celestino, their son Pietro and his wife Rosanna. From 2011 La Brioska is recommended by several gastronomical guidebooks, among which the most important is Osterie d'Italia by Slow Food.
Pully, Switzerland
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“Osteria La Brioska, Gattinara”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We had a meal there in September 2012, on a Monday evening, arriving there around 8.30 pm, and were then the only customers, so got all the attention, including the story (inspired by a local history writer's book) behind the name of the osteria. Well, the juniper anecdote led us to wine, and the owner suggested a Travaglini docg/Gattinara, 2006 [see photo], which was indeed really to die for. In fact, next time I return to the region, I will definitely purchase some if still available.
Before the meal started, we were shown the latest arrival of freshly-picked funghi porcini (mushrooms - see photo), which were then used in some of our dishes.
We had an antipasto each, meaning a selection of local salami and a mushroom salad, then one of us took a primo piatto, with penne al gorgonzola with which arrived an accompanying dish of home-made (the wife does all the cooking) foccaccia, fromage frais and home-made onion & pepperoni pickles.
Then we moved on to the secondo piatto, the bistecca ai ferri (which originates from the piemontese cow) - the size was impressive! and mine was a bit tough due to it being too close to the bone - however my friend's bistecca was tender; we selected a side-plate of mushrooms (partly chopped, partly fritti).
Lastly, I pushed my greediness to have a slice of torto di cioccolato e mele (chocolate and pears) which was perfect as it was on the dry side (ie not creamy & heavy). My friend had a coffee to finish. As we went the whole way, the bill came to EUR 100 for both of us. Not sure if it is the case all year-round, but they close at 10 pm (we left around 10.30 pm!).
Definitely a place to recommend, and go back to.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“quite a find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

We have been there several times, and though the cordial osteria atmosphere is worth mentioning, it is the food that makes the place special. Most of the dishes I havetasted there, from antipasto to dessert, have shown imagination and refinement. And they have an excellent selection of wines, not only Gattinara reds but whites too. By the way, Tripadvisor errs in listing it among the restaurants of Vercelli -- Vercelli is half an hours's drive away.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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SWEDEN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Perfect meal in family osteria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2009

On a VERY snowy night in Gattinara this was the only restaurant open. And what a find it was! A comfortable restaurant with a roaring fire. The owner served us two giant plates of assorted charcuteries, four different glasses of Gattinara, one plate of Risotto Gattinara, one plate of Tagliatelle con pesce, one plate of Asini (donkey!) and a double portion of panna cotta. To top it off- two very well made grappe. All fabulously well tasting and served with a smile-and two glasses of prosecco as a welcoming sign-for Euro 60! For two...
An osteria to die for. We hated that they closed for holidays the next day!

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