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.
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