I loved this restaurant, but I don't "get" truffles. The price fixed lunch for twenty some euros, including antipasto, pasta, main course with vegatables, and dessert, is a good deal, and the food is delicious. My husband ordered off the regular menu, and he was quite pleased.
We stayed north of Asti for two nights in October 2012, at the height of the white truffle season in Alba, so of course we had to try tartufo for lunch in the region it is most famous. Under glass domes in shops we saw white truffles on display, for sale at several hundred euros each. I found Vigin Mudest in a guide book, and it lived up to its review. This small restaurant on a side street has great atmosphere. The tables are close (as in New York City inches apart close) but that adds to the charm. Europeans, from what I saw in this restaurant, this town, this region, literaly worship the tartufo. Diners to my left, two men from Torino who told us they just had to come for lunch for the tortufo, and diners to my left, who spoke what I believe was German and who ordered the same price fixed lunch I did, actualy moaned with delight as they ate their lunch with tartufo.
I'm game, I'm an Italian-American woman in her fifties on vacation in Italy, I consider myself of sophisticated palate. I thought twice about ordering the white tartufo shavings on my pasta course, which added 46 euro to the dish, but I asked myself, "When will I be in the truffle capital of Europe again, at the height of truffle season?" I decided to splurge on a once in a lifetime culinary experience.
I ate the truffle shavings, by themselves and with the pasta. My husband tried the truffle shavings. We asked the other what we thought. Whispering to each other so as not to offend our European fellow diners or appear to be boorish foreigners, we admitted that we couldn't taste them! We cleared our palates with water, tried again, and we still could not taste the tartufo. Our fellow diners were in bliss, and we just didn't get it.
Our inability to appreciate the white tartufo in no way diminishes our experience at Vigin Mudest. The restaurant is great, and I would recommend it. Unless you know you love tartufo however, I would skip the white tartufo shavings, or I might recommend that you try the black tartufo shavings for 18 euros.
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