Sushi in Piedmont, Italy! Piedmont does food right. But, as I’ve heard many locals say, “You eat well in Piemonte, but you always eat the same thing!” It’s true, so every once in a while we mix things up. Luckily there are two sushi places in my little town of Alba. When you’re visiting and cannot possibly do another plate of truffles or carne cruda (ha ha), here’s your guide.
Wasabi time. C’mon, let’s roll.
Hasu, Via Cavour 10, Alba
Hours: Open Daily Lunch: 12:15 – 14:30 Dinner: 19:15 – 24:00
The story: Hasu offers great sushi in Piedmont, they do the rice just right, and the prices are great.
The Food: We each had the lunch special, which came with miso soup (SO Good. SO. GOOD.), a small dish of tuna with sauce, and a plate of sushi. Roll: salmon; Nigiri: salmon, tuna, and prawns.
We gobbled it all down. Then, between four of us we split an order of tempura and a some sort of fantastic baked sushi dish called Alaska Suhi (salmon yums).
The Drinks: For wine, we did a bottle of my summer crush, Erbaluce – La Ruistia, 2012. Then, we were served a surprise complimentary mug of plum sake at the end. Good stuff!
Yep, the place rocks. The only minor thing was a single surly server. Apparently, she always looks like she hates the world, so it’s not personal. She had such a miserable scowl on her face and lacked any semblance of courtesy we all just had to laugh. I suggest you do the same. It’s a great place and she really can be great entertainment – we still got our food in a timely manner, just served with an upside down smile.
I Love Sushi, Via Luigi Einaudi, 3, 12051 Alba
Hours: Monday to Saturday, Lunch: 11 to 3 p.m. Dinner: 6 to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday.
The Story: The newest place for sushi in Piedmont. The location is prime, just across from Piazza Savona. It’s a small space, but serves up fresh eats and I loved the accompaniments of chili sauce and something else delish. They also offer take-out.
The Food: We got a mixed plate of rolls, sushi, and sashimi plus one speciality roll. I had to get my old stand-by, spicy tuna – it did not disappoint.
The Drink: We went with bubbles, a Contratto For England Brut.
Yep – you can get good sushi in Piedmont. Who knew? My preference is in order of the list. But, both places are great.
If you’re in The Langhe and need a fix outside the amazing Piemontese fare, give either of these a try!
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What’s your favorite sushi roll? Sigh, make me miss it!