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La Morra: Ristorante Belvedere

Piazza Castello, 5 , Phone: 0173.50190
Closing day: Sunday Evenings and Monday

Reviewed by: Gia from Italy, review #2074

When: 2006

A very nice restaurant at the very top of the town of La Morra, it looks down on Barolo vinyards and features traditonal Piemontese dishes.

The Famous Veal and Tuna Sauce of Piemonte, photo by Gia D. Parsons

This restaurant is up in the hills of La Morra, in a large old, classically decorated brick building. Try to get a seat by the large windows or glass doors; the view is stunning.

We had wonderful wine; they had pages and pages of Piemontese varieties like Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera. Their cheese cart was out of this world, wheeled and served to you with the utmost care. Traditional dishes like veal with tuna sauce, veal tartar with shaved truffles (when in season) are "must haves" as they specialties of the area. The desserts were creative; I had mandarin oranges (done three ways, all of them delicious.)

There were only two people in our group, my husband and I. The price person w/o wine can reach upwards of €40-60 per person. Do not plan to have a quick lunch and dash, our meal took about 2 1/2 hours.

Reviewed by: wino666 from CA, review #653

When: 2003

Good classic piemonte food, wonderful wine list, great views.

Belvedere in La Morra: Recommended * We ate here twice this 2003 trip. Beautiful setting overlooking the countryside from the hill in La Morra. Modern décor and excellent service. Extensive wine list and reasonable prices.

The first time had the tasting menu and a bottle of ’96 Scavino Barolo (very good and drinking well). Best things on the menu were a stuffed, fried zucchini flower, the Angolotti del plin and the risotto con funghi. The main course was slow roasted lamb that was just OK. But the panna cotta and a soft torrone for dessert were excellent.

The second time we came we had a bottle of ’95 Scavino Cannubi Barolo, stuffed zucchini flowers, a risotto con funghi and tarajin with tartufo.

Reviewed by: Robert from CA, review #628

When: 2003

A classic of the Langhe. As the name suggests, it has a beautiful view over the local Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards.

Directions: Easy to find and famous - ask anyone on the way or at one of the many enotecas.

We dined here with another couple I met through the SlowTalk message board after visiting Macarini - a local Borolo producer less than 500 meters away. The dining room was rather formal and quite large but was full of patrons - many of whom were Italian.

The wine list was more like a book with a fabulous selection of the great wines of the area; we chose a Paulo Scavino Bric del Fiasc '96 Borolo which was excellent. We all chose the fixed price menu which was about 35 euro/person. It included a mixed antipasti plate, including a ravoli with egg and truffle. Next was Risotto with Porcini mushrooms or Terjarin Ravoli with veal. The secondo was braised lamb which was tasty but not up to the quality of the rest of the meal. A memorable experience; well worth a return visit.

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