Vinoteca Centro Storico, Serralunga d’Alba

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga

July 12th marked my one month in Italy. The day came with little fanfare going about our new normal routine. Il Ragazzo (a.k.a: “The Boy”) went to work, I ran, then had my morning cappuccino at a nearby cafe. We decided to splurge with a toast and dinner at Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d’Alba.

Why there? It’s where we met in September 2012.

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

The teeny eatery is family-run by Alessio and Stefania. Stefania’s mama helps in the kitchen and that night her sister’s kiddos were acting as servers.

Barolo Eats: Vinoteca Centro Storico, Serralunga d'Alba

Try it! Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga offers the area’s best selection of bubbles and a rockstar wine list. Alessio sabers bottles of bubbles with the bottom of a wine glass (click here for a video)! Order a bottle to check that out – it’s worth the price of admission!

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

The Meal

Alessio paired our fizz with sliced prosciutto on dark bread with nuts and fruit. His meats and cheeses are incredible. His fresh sliced prosciutto melts in your mouth.

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga: Proscuitto

Barolo Eats: Vinoteca Centro Storico, Serralunga d'Alba

Primi

First came the carne cruda, a Piemontese specialty of raw beef with some olive oil, and salt. Yes, it’s raw meat. And, yes, it’s amazing. I wrinkled my nose at first blush, too.

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

Next was a dish of fresh anchovies soaked in oil and lemon juice. Momma insisted we butter bread and top it with anchovies. Never argue with Momma. Delish!

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

Secondi

For our main courses I had chicken with olive oil and peppers, a side of veggies, and potatoes. The potatoes at Centro Storico are a must.  Wine Pairing: Dolcetto.

 Vinoteca Centro Storico, Serralunga d'Alba

Il Ragazzo ordered a steak filet with the same veggie and potato sides.  Wine Pairing: Barolo.

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

Vino

Everywhere we go Il Ragazzo spends copious time studying the wine list. He scoured and poured over that one – and, it’s amazing and expansive at Centro Storico.

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

Alessio happily provides recommendations and also explains the region’s wines. Despite already ordering wines for our meals, Il Ragazzo decided we should splurge: a Barolo or Barberesco with a little age. After careful consultation, Il Ragazzo and Alessio selected a 2004 Piero Busso Barbaresco – only 40 euros! A gorgeous wine!

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

It was a perfect and simple night. That’s vita in Italia! If you make it to Piedmont plan lunch or dinner at Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga. The small menu changes daily (freshness rules the day). Always great eats – Stefania and Mama never disappoint.

Try it! Vinoteca Centro Storico, Serralunga d’Alba – Via Roma 6 Serralunga, CN Italy, +39 017 361 3203, vinotecaserralunga@tiscali.it, closed Monday, open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10am to 11pm 

Vinoteca Centro Storico Serralunga d'Alba

Salute! V-dawg OUT!

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