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Restaurant Brasserie 'Pompa Magna'
Ranked #24 of 346 Restaurants in Asti
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed April 14, 2012

We came for à drink but had it all! From the outside you might not be sure at first but really it was THE best in Asti! Ask for Paulo

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Reviewed March 26, 2012

We loooooooved Pompa Magna. We were in Asti for 4 nights and this was by far our best meal. Such a great space, a little restaurant set inside a wine shop/wine bar, eating amazing Piedmontese food drinking Barbera surrounded by bottles of Barolo. I started with agnolotti, it was in a brown butter sage sauce and it was to die for. I have tried to recreate that sauce and you know it sounds simple (butter and sage) but I cannot come close. I had the steak with balsamic for my secondo and it was also delicious. The waiter spoke excellent English ( which was great because our Italian is not so excellent) and recommended wines to pair with our meal - we loved them so much we ended up buying a bottle of our favorite to bring home to the US with us.

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

I ended up in Asti alone and found this restaurant. Not only was the food fantastic and the wine selection incredible, the owner was incredibly kind and made the effort to speak English with me. i voiced an interest in learning about some local wine and digestifs, and he paired each course with one or two things, brought out maps, the bottles, told stories and really left me feeling so welcome. everything was great and i think i sat there for two hours. definitely visit this spot if in town.

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Reviewed October 11, 2011

The restaurant we had chosen did not work out. On the way back to the hotel the taxi driver, who spoke French, asked if he could help. After he figured out what we wanted, something on par with Il Diavolo and Campanaro, he suggested Pompa Magna. It was an excellent suggestion. Paolo, the owner, gave us a nice table where we could watch the restaurant and peer into some of the kitchen. Sliced eggplant rolled around fish, fresh plump octopus tossed with warm potatoes preceded a moist pan seared oven roasted pork tenderloin with a hazelnut and moscato glaze, and a seared veal chop with fennel set the tone for the evening. Because we were in Barbera d'Asti country, finding new suppliers was one of the reasons we drove over to Asti, I hesitated. Confessing ignorance can be a good learning experience. Paolo to the rescue. He brought out four bottles and discussed each one, before easing me off my shaky perch called indecision to what he suspected was we wanted. He was right: an Elio Perrone Barbera d'Asti 2009 could not have been a better choice. Fortunately we were able to spend time talking with Paolo and found his background fascinating. Trained as a chef he spent time in the early 1990's back packing through Australia. From the sounds of it, he probably has seem more of that huge country than most Aussies. Pompa Magna was originally a cheese shop that he remodeled. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, he has obviously trained his wait staff to enjoy serving, and he has developed an extensive wine list. All his ingredients are fresh. It was our last night in Asti for a few months abut we counted Pompa Magna as another "must go back to" restaurants in Asti. Whitebeard83

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Reviewed September 27, 2011

We were guided to Pompa Magna by our French hostess at Villa Ferrari and by other guests at the Villa. We had a very enjoyable meal and it definitely helped to have such a thorough explanation of the dishes from the owner. We booked for 8pm on a Friday night and it was quiet - but we're never quite sure what time we should book dinner in Italy! The food, wine and service were all good.

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