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Cherasco: Locanda del Prof

via Bra, 33 , Phone: 0172495136

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #4087

When: 2013

An unexpectedly lovely restaurant outside Cherasco with excellent food.

Directions: On the truck route outside Cherasco. Look for the pink house, and follow the driveway to the back.

tajarin, photo by Amy

Locanda del Prof is on an unassuming local road, via Bra 33, in the back of a pink house perched between a seedy-looking motel and an auto parts store. We pulled in, and an elegantly-dressed woman popped out the door to welcome us. They have a tiny patio in the back, where we decided to sit. The owners are a charming older couple, and the food was spectacular.

We began by talking wine. We told the owner that we just wanted a glass apiece instead of a full bottle, what did he have that would be interesting? He brought out an unlabeled bottle from "a friend" for us to taste - a delicious Barolo. Yes, please. We ordered carne crudo to share, and a minute later there began a furious pounding sound from inside. We were then served amazing plates of freshly pounded meat, to dress as we pleased. Melt-in-your-mouth. My husband ordered gnocchi with Gorgonzola, which was so heavenly he had to guard it from my fork. I had tajarin with an aromatic rago.

We split a frothy hazelnut dessert, and ended with espresso. A group of young men accompanied by a large dog shared the patio, and the dog was treated to a dish of meat. If it was the same carne crudo I was eating, that dog had quite the treat. Lunch was 54 euros, a bargain for the quality.

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