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Cisterna d'Asti: Albergo Ristorante Garibaldi

via Italia 3 , Phone: 0141979118

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #2610

When: 2007

A comfortable restaurant with good food in a pretty hilltop vilage. Great place for lunch before visiting the Museum (open 3-6) of traditional arts and crafts.

Directions: On the main road through Cisterna, which is in the hills just north of Canale.

The restaurant is decorated with fascinating old photographs, paintings and materials from the area's history. There isn't an outside dining area, but the two dining rooms are airy and charming. No written menu, but you are told what choices are available, and eat until you are full.

We began with the Piemontese mixed antipasti. One at a time, four small plates were brought to the table. The standouts were anchovies in a zippy green sauce, and a sweet pepper stuffed with cheese. We found the "Russian Salad" and veal meatballs pretty ordinary. From there, we went on to pasta. I had a generous serving of homemade green ravioli in sage butter, and my husband had delicate egg noodles with a rabbit ragu. My ravioli were very good, but his rabbit ragu was really excellent.

We couldn't see our way to secondi, but since the desserts we saw others eating looked so good, we ordered dolci. Chocolate salami was a dense mixture of chocolate and hazlenuts served in slices that was rich and delicious, and a dish of light panna cotta made a perfect counterpoint.

Lunch for two (mixed antipasti, 2 pastas, 2 desserts, 1/2 bottle of wine, water and coffee) was 48. There's also a small enoteca downstairs.

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