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Neive: Cantina del Rondo

Closing day: Monday & Tuesday

Reviewed by: Jean from MI, review #801

When: 2004

Not what we expected so a bit disappointing.

Directions: Driving from Treiso to Neive, when you get to the "T" at Neive, look over your left shoulder and take a very sharp left up the hill to the restaurant.

This restaurant has a nice atmosphere and the staff members were very friendly. We had made a reservation on their website and it took them some time to find it, but we were seated right away.

I was under the impression that this was a casual, inexpensive place (maybe because of the name?), but the meal ended up being one of the most expensive ones we had in Italy and we didn't eat that much! We each had pasta (and the waiter gave me the wrong kind but apologized later... no big deal), and we each had a second course. I had ordered beef that had been cooked in wine and there was much more wine sauce than there was beef. For dessert, we shared a pudding that was supposed to be hazelnut but the flavor was so strong that we did not care for it. With the food, we had 1/2 liter of the house wine. The bill was about 90 euros.

We had many wonderful meals in this area where we ate well and the cost was much more reasonable.

Reviewed by: wino666 from CA, review #654

When: 2003

Hard to find but worth the scenic route detours.

Directions: Localitŕ Fausoni, 7

Cantina del Rondo in Neive: Recommended ** This was definitely my kind of place. Before we sit down our host gives us a tour of their wine cellar where they finish their wines. I think from some information I got from Bill Klapp on egullet.com that they get wines from Bruno Giacosa and finish and bottle them. In any case, we are able to have a selection of wines in 250ml servings (about a good glass apiece) with our meal.

Appears to be set inside the old cellar cave with casual décor. Small wines list, but good stuff. We start with a glass of the Giacosa Arneis, which is excellent with the deviled egg/tuna appetizer and the truffled butter for the bread. We also had an excellent tajarin with parmesan and butter, a tajarin with a rabbit sauce, salad, and thinly sliced pork with a hazelnut sauce. Accompanying the dinner we had the ’01 Barbara d’Asti, the ’01 Nebbiolo and the ’00 Barbaresco. All were quite good and I particularly like the ‘01 nebbiolo. Then we had a glass of passito Sicilian moscato (which was really excellent) with a zabaglione with marsala sauce.

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