After walking through the town we had a few glasses of wine and then decided on Ristorante Vecchio Aosta in the center right beside the area where they were digging up the old Roman ruins. On Fridays, they invite the public to ask questions of the archeologists as they work.
We started with glasses of the local prosecco and had a barbera with our meal. My wife started her meal again with poached egg with truffles on a bed of asparagus in Parmagian sauce and I had thinly sliced duck breast with aged balsamic salad. We shared a tagliatelle in a red sauce. She had spiced beef with cloves and cinnamon in a red wine sauce on polenta and I had the pork tenderloin with apples and wine vinegar. Both are traditional regional dishes. All the dishes were nicely done, but felt the starters and the pasta were particularly outstanding.
We had hoped to eat at Ristorante Xavier as it had venison on the menu, but it was closed so we returned to Ristorante Vecchio Aosta from our first night here. My wife started with her usual and I had cod with radicchio. We shared the risotto with zucchini and both of us had the osso bocco . All were done perfectly to our tastes. The proprietor, Danielo, is a wonderful host. We tried Geispi, a local digestif made from wild flowers. The smell reminded me of the forest and it was very tasty although I would not make a habit of it.
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