Saturday, January 19, 2008

La Lumaca – Cherasco

La Lumaca via S. Pietro (cross street via Cavour) in Cherasco was our first meal in Piedmonte. “Lumaca” means “snail” and you can probably guess what was on the menu. Don’t despair if you don’t like snails (like me) because there is plenty of other good things to eat. Mark had a tajarin (pasta) with sugo di lumache followed by a lamb dish. I had ravioli with burro and salvia (how boring!) and roasted rabbit with its liver (rather large) with potatoes. The service was good, and in particular the waitress this night was the kind you wish for every time you go out: friendly, knowledgeable about the food, and speaks in Italian when she could easily have gone to English.

Apparently, Cherasco is the snail capital of Italy, though snails are not raised and harvested in the region because it is too cold.

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