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Ardenno Masino: Le Case Dei Baff

Via Mulini, 19 Ardenno Masino , Phone: 0342.661045

Reviewed by: angela kennedy from UK, review #3317

When: 2009

We landed in Milan, took a train to Morbegno (beauty mountain scapes) & from there a cab to ‘Le Case Dei Baff’, for an evening of fine food & a nights stay.

Directions: From Milan by Train Take the train to Morbegno and then a cab ordered from the cafe just opposite the station. It should cost less than 20 euros and take about 15 minutes.

Preparing Costine al Lavecc (pork chop cooked in stone pot) for the evening menu, photo by Angela Kennedy

I’ve travelled a fair bit of Italy but never north of Lago Di Como, because that’s the way it is when your mother is Italian and from the Lake herself. So, we landed in Milan, took a train to Morbegno (beauty mountain scapes) and from there a blacked out cab to ‘Le Case Dei Baff’, geared up for an evening of fine fare and a nights stay. It’s a farm, built on an old mill repaired by the adorable liqueur, fare and wine makers - the Cerasa family.

Costine al Lavecc (pork chop cooked in stone pot); as pictured: I think with just three items on the menu you could call this one ‘The house dish’, something really special, organic, local and prepared with love, alpine herbs and in copper bucket like cooking pots requiring 4 hours of simmering attention to perfect.

Pizzocheri: A dish I can proudly say I’ve made myself although for me it was like cooking up your grandmothers toe nails! However, the dish served in full buckwheat glory was clearly on a different plane to my attempt as it was served at the table a molto pocco, perfecto! And the sauce … divine

Oh! and a must try as a pre-starter! Yep, a pre-starter! And order all three starters anyway, they are small, perfect for sharing and are just fantastic! Anyway, back to the pre-starter … its a home produced salami … enjoyed with a glass of Contisertoli Salis, Reserva 2003 (fantastic red wine of the area).

Dinner for two including three starters, fantastic wine, a nights stay and breakfast was a well spent 168 euros. We actually spent the next day roaming around with mother Cerasa as she drove us out to check out a few local tourist attractions which happened to be closed. Anyway, it turned into a trip with insight into how Le Case Dei Baff further sells its live stock to the butcher trade which was an experience in itself. They are a very welcoming family with a great offering for anyone wanting to get off the tourist trail of pizza, pasta and Chianti.

Try the home made liqueurs, made from alpine herbs and kept in the freezer for mid-night wanderings! The basil one will bring a certain memory with it I think.

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