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“Quantity, not quality”

Trattoria Nelle Vigne
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Diano d'Alba
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $34
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were invited there by a couple of friends, and I have to admit that we were positively impressed while walking from the car park towards the restaurant building. We thought we would eat outside on the deck overlooking the vineyards, but unfortunately we were seated inside. The main room looks new, but we got the impression that they put too much effort in making the place look traditional and trendy at the same time. You might want to know that the place can accommodate up to 100 people give or take, so it can get very noisy. We got a corner table next to the French windows, which unfortunately were all close, despite being a warm Summer evening.
As soon as we got to our table, we were served two - unsoliticed - dishes of anchovies with hazelnut sauce, and the waitress asked whether we were ready to order the wine. Of course we weren't, as we had barely noticed that someone had dropped the wine list on our table. We asked for a few more minutes to have a look at the wine list, and started with the anchovies, which were extremely salty, whereas the hazelnut sauce didn't taste like hazelnut at all. In just under ten minutes we were served the other unsoliticed appetizers: deep fried bread dough with pork lard, beef with a tomato sauce, a so-called Piedmontese salad (which essentialy was a very sad chicken salad with some industrial cheese) and pickled peppers. We tried all of them, but didn't have the guts for a second tasting, as all appetizers looked like they had been sitting on the kitchen counter for hours on end.
As to the pasta courses, we tried the gnocchi with tomato sauce and pesto, and the ravioli serverd in a butter and sage sauce. We were hoping that the pasta course would be better than the appetizers, but we weren't that lucky: the gnocchi - supposedly made of potato - didn't even remotely taste like potatoes. As to the ravioli, they were tasteless. I doubt that both the gnocchi and the ravioli were home made.
We didn't order the meat course and choose the desserts: these were not so terrible as we had assumed, but don't expect anything better than the desserts that you can usually find in any Italian pizzeria.
As to the price, at least we couldn't complain: 30 € per person including the wine. But that was the only positive aspect.
I know the area very well as I was born and bred here, and there are hundreds of places where you can find much better food for the same price.
I won't go back to a place where the only focus is quantity, to the detriment of quality.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Half grandmother kitchen on a Sunday morning, half Marine Corps barrack, Nelle Vigne delivers a tasty home-style Piedmont cusine with no frills to probably more than a hundred customers per service. You will enjoy a few starters, like beef tartare, sour peppers, anchovies with hazelnut sauce, and deep fried bread pasta with pork lard, some kind of stuffed pasta and some kind of tagliolini, and a generous serving of hoag and potatoes. They sometimes change a dish or two in the menu but the concepts remain still and you might eat the same dishes in different occasions. Nelle vigne does have a wine list, but my suggestion is to stick with the home wines, which are remarkably good and are priced very conveniently. Since the menu is substantially one for all, I have no idea if they are able to accomodate vegetarians or people with some intolerances. Go there during spring, to enjoy a full view of the Alps from the garden and from quite a few of the tables.

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Thank Lbs2018
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The place is beautiful and the service is great, but the food is ok- No more than that.
They serve a fixed menu of many dishes - too much
Not expensive relative to the amount of food you get!!

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Thank Sher S
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Despite verbal directions, and a map, we had great difficult finding this restaurant and were half an hour late Even when we got there, we weren't sure we were in the right place. It definitely needs better signage.

The view is spectacular and there was wonderful light across the vineyards as the sun went down. The dining room has windows on three sides, so no lack of dining views.

The wine was exceptional, again, their own 2006 Barolo - beautiful. To me, there was just too much food. Five antipastos was just too much and took away our appetite for dinner. I would leave out the steak tartar and the fried bread with lardo, you just get too much of it in Italy, perhaps try something a bit more creative in their place.The food is excellent, no question. Very well prepared and presented, just too much of it.

I think this is a relatively new restaurant and is perhaps going through some growing pains. Despite the little points I have mentioned, Marco still gets 4 stars for the quality of the food, the service and the view.

Thank jwarden
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I thought Nelle Vigne was an experience not to be missed. It is a modern but very attractive setting with huge windows and fantastic views among the vines. The night we were there lots of people, quite a pleasant and lively hubbub. A fair number of foreign visitors but still majority Italian, which was nice. Unless you ask to order a la carte, they just start bringing you food, in vast quantities. If you're not into a particular dish, just take a nibble and wait for the next one, you will not go hungry! Not everything was to my taste - I'm not a huge fan of tartare (raw ground beef) for example -- but there were enough tasty dishes to fully satisfy us without taking the wild boar main course at the end. And at 21 Euros per person, including desert, really a huge bargain. In short, maybe a hard core gastronome would be disappointed but for interesting, hearty food in a congenial environment, Nelle Vigne is hard to beat.

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Thank Jesse18
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