Insider’s Guide to Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants

Barolo Restaurant
On a sunny day the terrace at Renza's is always full.

The Insider’s Guide to Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants is a list of casual and fine dining options as well wine bars around the Langhe.

A question I get a lot is where to eat in the Langhe. During heavy tourist season I’m forever emailing recommendations to visitors, tour clients – even the locals ask me where we go. I guess because we like to explore.

That said, I decided to compile a Barbaresco and Barolo restaurant guide, complete with favorites around the villages as well as in the primary wine town of Alba. Of course, once I started hitting the keys I realized there were just too many for one post. So, earlier this year I published the Insider’s Guide to Alba Restaurants and today we’re moving on to the Insider’s Guide to Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants. Just putting it together makes me hungry!

Cucina Piedmont ItalyNeither is an exhaustive list. There are so many amazing Alba, Barbaresco, and Barolo restaurants, I couldn’t possibly fit them into even two posts. Not to mention, there just aren’t enough days in the year to try them all!

The guides I have put together highlight our favorites as well as the places that get the best feedback from our friends and Barolo wine tour clients.

Please, drop me a note in the comments on your favorites – I will try them when I can and I hope that sharing yours will give our readers even more places to check out.

Barolo Restaurant Guide 

Barolo Restaurants in Serralunga

Vinoteca Centro Storico 

Serves up great local fare (don’t miss the potatoes!) and an extensive wine selection including the best Champagne list in the Langhe. Owner Alessio is very particular about his menu, from food to wine. Word to the wise: don’t even think about ordering a cappuccino!

Champagne Sabering
If you are in for a splurge, get a bottle of Champagne and ask him to saber it for you. He does it with the bottom of a wine glass.

Find it! Vinoteca Centro Storico

  • Address: Via Roma, 6 Serralunga d’Alba.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner; closed Monday.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 017 361.3203.
  • Price: Prices range from 8€ to 14€ for a plate.
  • Wifi: Yes.
Centro Storico Serralunga
Vinoteca Centro Storico has the best Champagne list in the Langhe.

Barolo Restaurants in Castiglione Falletto

La Terrazza da Renza 

A favorite lunch spot with the best vineyard-facing terrace in the area. Food is served family-style and they bring plates of local specialties (all based on what is available that day) until you ask them to stop – or, basta as the locals say. 

Find it! Renza’s

  • Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 6, Castiglione Falletto,
  • Hours: Open for lunch Wednesday to Monday; closed Tuesday.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39.0173.62909 or renza@laterrazzadirenza.it.
  • Price: For all courses (generally four or five if you do dolce) runs between 25€ and 30€ per person, with wine, water, and coffee.
Barolo Restaurant
On a sunny day the terrace at Renza’s is always full.

L’Argaj Ristorante

Take note, because L’Argaj is open on a Monday – not always easy to come by in the area. Traditional fare with a kick. Try the tasting menu or order a la carte.

Find it! L’Argaj Ristorante

  • Address: Via Alba Monforte 144, Castiglione Falletto.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (12:00-14:30) and dinner (19:30-21:30); closed Wednesday evening and all day Thursday.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.62882 or book online
  • Price: Prices start at 8€ to 14€ for a plate.

Barolo Restaurants in the village of Barolo

Ristorante Brezza

Part of the historic Brezza Winery, they also have an adjoining hotel – all located right in the village of Barolo. Traditional menu and you can even schedule a tasting before or after your meal.

Find it! Brezza

  • Address: Via Lomondo 2, 12060, Barolo.
  • Hours: Open for lunch and dinner. 
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.56354 or hotelbarolo@hotelbarolo.it.
  • Price:Prices range from 7€ to 12€ for a plate.

Barolo Friends

Enjoy local cuisine right in the center of the village. A rare Barolo restaurant find with the kitchen open all day for food service.

Find it! Barolo Friends

  • Address: Piazza Castello, 3, 12060, Barolo. 
  • Hours: Open daily from 11:00-22:00; closed Wednesday. 
  • Reservations: Call+39 0173 560542 or book online
  • Price: Prices range from 8€ to 14€ for a plate.
Barolo Restaurants
Heaps of traditional dishes at Barolo Friends, including the small, meat-filled ravioli, plin.

La Vite Turchese

A fun and kitschy wine bar in the main village of Barolo. They serve wines by the glass from all over Italy and other parts of the world – very unique here. I have even seen wines from Napa Valley on the by-the-glass list!

Enjoy your drinks with meats, cheeses, and other traditional aperitivo-style options. Wines available for take away and they do wine shipping on request.

Find it! La Vite Turchese

  • Address: Via Alba, 5, Barolo.
  • Hours: 
    • Monday, 14:00-19:00.
    • Wednesday, 14;00-21:00.
    • Thursday to Sunday, 10:30-21:00.
    • Tuesday, Closed
  • Price: Varies by glass and plate.
  • Wifi: Yes. 

Barolo Wine Bar

Barolo Restaurants in La Morra

Osteria More e Macine

An area favorite located in La Morra, the highest village in the Barbaresco and Barolo regions. They offer traditional Piemontese food and have a great wine list – by the glass and bottle. Make sure to plan for some time to explore the village of La Morra, especially with a trip to the viewpoint where you can see all the Barolo and Barbaresco villages on a clear day.

Find it! More e Macine

  • Address: Via XX Settembre, 18, La Morra. 
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch, dinner, and aperitivo, 11:00-22:00
  • Contact: Reservations recommended for lunch and dinner, +39 0173.500395 or moremacine@gmail.com. 
  • Price: Prices range from 7€ to 14€ for a plate.
La Morra Restaurants
The view from the Fontanazza terrace is made even better with a bottle of Barolo.

Locanda Fontanazza

Fontanazza – you just can’t beat the views! They opened just a few years ago offering traditional dishes, but often with innovative twists. A favorite of local wine producers and industry types for the great food and location. Book a table to get a seat on the terrace during warm months.

Find it! Fontanazza

  • Address: Strada Fontanazza, 4, La Morra.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner; closed Monday lunch and all day Thursday.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.50718 or locandafontanazza@gmail.com.
  • Price: Prices range from 7€ to 14€ for a plate.
  • Wifi: Yes.
La Morra Fontanazza
Unique touches on traditional dishes at Fontanazza, like this steamed artichoke with cheese sauce.

Osteria Pizzeria Per Bacco

One of the best Barolo restaurants for pizza. Definitely don’t miss it. Per Bacco has a large patio as well as indoor seating with a great wine list and a selection of artisan beers – you know, when you need to clear your palate after a long day of tasting tannic Nebbiolo.

Find it! Per Bacco

  • Address: Via Roma 30, La Morra.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (12:00-15:00) and dinner (19:00-24:00); closed Monday. 
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.50609 or  info@pizzeriaperbacco.com.
  • Price: Varies, pizzas start at 7€, regular dishes start at about 10€ a plate.
La Morra Restaurants
Easily one of my favorite pizza places in the Langhe.

Barolo Restaurants in Monforte 

Saracca

Not just fantastic traditional food, but also a great wine list and a lovely old cellar. A great Barolo restaurant for fine dining.

Find it! Saracca

  • Address: Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 5, Monforte di Alba.
  • Hours: Open for aperitivo and dinner. Inquire for hours. 
  • Contact: Reservations recommended for dinner,+39 0173.789222 or info@saracca.com.
  • Price: Prices start at 30€ for a full meal.

Repubblica di Perno

Located in one of the outlying sections of Monforte, Repubblica di Perno has become a local favorite since its 2014 opening. Traditional fare with a little extra freshness from top chef Marco. Dine inside or on the patio with vineyard views.

Find it! Repubblica di Perno

  • Address: Vicolo Cavour, 5 – Fraz. Perno, Monforte d’Alba.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (12:00-14:00) and dinner (20:00-22:00); closed Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.78492 or repubblica.diperno@tiscali.it.
  • Price: Prices range from 8€ to 14€ for a plate.
  • Wifi: Yes.
Monforte Restaurant
Baked onion stuffed with cheese at Reppublica di Perno. What more do you need?

Bar Barolo Enoteca

Located in the center of Monforte, Bar Barolo is a wine bar and ristorante serving aperitivo and light lunches.

Find it! Bar Barolo

  • Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11, Monforte d’Alba.
  • Hours: Open for lunch and aperitivo. Inquire for hours. 
  • Contact: +39 0173.789243.
  • Price: Varies by wine and plate.

Barolo Restaurants in Verduno

Trattoria Dai Bercau

 Amazing Piemontese fare away from the primary Barolo villages. Another one of those rustic traditional locations where they bring you food, food, and more food until you say stop.

Make sure to try a bottle of Pelaverga when you eat here. The red grape is only found in the Barolo commune of Verduno; 12 producers make about 140,000 bottles a year. The lighter red drinks nicely slightly chilled in the summer months, showing Verduno’s traditional notes of strawberry and white pepper.

Find it! Bercau

  • Address: Via Valfrè Beato, 13, Verduno.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (12:00-14:00) and dinner (20:00-22:00); closed Monday. 
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 172.470243 or book online.
  • Price: Prices start at 28€ for a full meal.

Barbaresco Restaurant Guide 

Barbaresco Restaurants in Tresio

La Ciau del Tornavento

A favorite fine dining Barbaresco restaurant with one Michelin star. Traditional foods with an innovative edge and unique dishes from outside the area. For an extra treat ask to see the wine cellar. They also rent rooms.

Ciau del Tornavento Barbaresco Restaurants
The wine cellar at La Ciau del Tornavento holds 60,000 bottles of wine — 80 percent are from Piedmont.

Find it! La Ciau del Tornavento

  • Address: Piazza Baracco, 7, Treiso.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (12:30-14:30) and dinner (19:30-22:15); closed Wednesdays and all of February.
  • Contact: Reservations required, +39 0173 638 333 or  info@laciaudeltornavento.it.
  • Price: Prices start at 50€.
Barbaresco Restaurants
Truffles, egg, and cheese.

Barbaresco Restaurants in Barbaresco

Casa Nicolini

Set in an old farmhouse with views overlooking the primary Barbaresco vineyard area. They have outdoor seating and a private dining room. When planning your stops at Barbaresco restaurants, make sure to schedule Casa Nicolini during lunch or just before sunset so you can take in the incredible view. On a clear day the Alps may be visible. 

Find it! Casa Nicolini

  • Address: Strada Nicolini Basso, 34, Barbaresco.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.638139 or book online
  • Prices: Prices range from 8€ to 14€ for a plate.
  • Wifi: Yes.
Barbaresco Restaurants
Casa Nicolini in Barbaresco’s main vineyard area.

Ristorante Rabaya 

A nice, traditional Barbaresco restaurant that sits among the Barbaresco vineyards. Great food and wine list. 

Find it! Rabaya

  • Address: Strada della Stazione 12, Barbaresco.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner; closed Mondays.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173.638139 or book online
  • Prices: Prices range from 8€ to 16€ for a plate..
  • Wifi: Yes.

Barbaresco Restaurants in Neive

Degusto

Great Barbaresco restaurant for traditional fare in a charming old building – and, they take their wine list very seriously. They offer one of the best tasting menus around, four courses at 24€ (excludes wine). 

Find it! Degusto

  • Address: Via Cocito, 7, Neive.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (12:00-16:30), aperitivo / dinner (19:00-23:30).
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39.0173 67380 or book online
  • Prices: Prices start at 24€.

L’aromatario

Outdoor and indoor seating for lunch, aperitivo, and dinner situated in the historical part of Neive. Traditional fare with a nice wine list.

Find it! L’aromatario

  • Address: Piazza Negro, 4, Neive. 
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch, aperitivo, and dinner.
  • Contact: +39.0173.677206. 
  • Prices: Prices range from 8€ to 14€ for a plate.
Barbaresco Restaurants
Aperitivo at Aromatario.

Al Nido della Cinciallegra

Easily one of my favorite wine bars in the whole of Italy. Find regional foods, delicacies, and shelves and shelves of local wines. By the glass offers include sparkling, white, red, and sweet wines starting as low as 3 euros each. Do all your souvenir shopping here – with a glass of wine in hand! 

You can do a tasting at the counter or grab a seat outside – only two tables, but the locals always find places to hunker down for their evening aperitivo. Plenty of delicious nibbles will accompany all your drinks.

Find it! Cinciallegra

  • Address: 21 Via Giachino, Neive. 
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30-19:30. 
  • Wifi: No.
Barbaresco Wine Bar Cinciallegra
Cinciallegra Wine Bar in Neive.

Donna Selvatica

One of the newest Barbaresco restaurants, situated in the historic centro storico of Neive. Incredible terrace view that overlooks the Langhe vineyards; perfect for a warm day. 

Find it! Donna Selvatica

  • Address: Via Rocca 13, Neive.
  • Hours: Open for lunch and dinner. 
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 335.8008282, info@borgovecchioneive.it.
  • Price: Prices range from 9€ to 14€ for a plate.
Neive Restaurants
Fish isn’t the most traditional in the area, but restaurants like Donna Selvatica do it right.

La Torre del Monastero

Located in the lower part of Neive, Torre’s as we call, is owned by a lovely husband and wife team who keep their wine list plentiful and make some of the best steaks around. We especially love to visit in the fall for porcini mushrooms – tried the fried morsels for your antipasti.

Find it! La Torre del Monastero 

  • Address: Località Santa Maria del Piano 14, Neive.
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch (10:30-14:30), aperitivo / dinner (17:30- 23:30); closed for lunch Monday and Tuesday.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 339.7953482. 
  • Prices: Prices range from 7€ to 14€ for a plate.
La Torre Piedmont, Italy
La Torre del Monastero in Neive.

Il Camino

If you are staying in Neive and need an easy meal, like pizza or a simple pasta, Il Camino is your place.

Find it! Il Camino

  • Address: Via De Revello 33
  • Hours: Open for dinner; closed Tuesday.
  • Contact: +39 0173.677272
  • Prices: Pizzas start at 7€.
  • Wifi: Yes.

Fiore di Pesco

Not a place you see many tourists, “Cinzia’s” as it is often referred to is a Barbaresco hidden gem. It’s a fantastic way to spend Sunday lunch – eating, eating, and eating! Owner Cinzia serves up four antipasti, two primi, one secondo, and if you aren’t begging for her to stop, a buffet of dolce. Simple, country-style Piemontese cooking at its best.

Find it! Fiore di Pesco

  • Address: Via Moniprandi 2, Neive.
  • Hours: Open for lunch on Sunday and dinner the rest of the week.
  • Contact: Reservations recommended, +39 0173 67360 or book online
  • Prices: From 25€ to 30€ per person for seven courses, with wine, water, and coffee.
Fiore di Pesco Neive
Family-style servings at Fiore di Pesco in Neive.

Enjoy these Barbaresco and Barolo Restaurants! 

And, there you have it.  A working list of places to indulge your taste buds in the Langhe. For more options, check out the Barbaresco and Barolo restaurant list at blog PiemonteMio. My pal Darryl is a fellow expat who enjoys his wine and food (he retired in the right place). He and his lovely wife Lesley are always about town trying places to eat.

Don’t forget to drop a note on your favorite Barbaresco and Barolo restaurants – don’t be shy in telling me what I’m missing! 

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19 Comments

  • I am home sick now…….All your ristorante etc, are my favs, excepted in Barberesco, I never been there in 12 years…ok shame on me!
    Nice list, I give it to my amici piemontesi/

  • We love Locanda Fontanazza, especially when we can go with Nicola from Trediberri!
    All your Neive picks are great.
    Other favs to add:
    La Rosa dei Vini – beautiful view and the food is lovely.
    L’Angolo di Rosina is very nice.
    Not everyone loves it, but we had a great lunch at Antica Torre in Barbaresco. Ciao!

    • I have only eaten at Antica Torre once, but I loved it. I am always surprised when people say they don’t like it.

      We don’t know L’Angolo di Rosino. Where is it located? Will have to put it on the list!

      Have done La Rosa di Vini quite a few times. We like it. Just not in my tippy top.

      And, yes, Fontanazza is great – especially with Nicola. But, anything with him is fun!

      Hope to see you and Julie here soon!

  • Enticing review. I can hardly wait to come back. You descriptions are so vivid, I start salivating! You aren’t just an expert in Italy, you live it! Ciao

  • Great post! You’ve hit on so many of my favorites but also introduced me to some new ones, thank you! We will be in Piemonte for several days, starting on 17 Aprile. Would you be interested in grabbing a glass of wine? We love the region too and would like to learn more about your experience as an expat. Sorry, couldn’t find a way to send you a note directly. Ciao!

  • I am SO happy I found your blog! I am quite a planner and will be visiting Piemonte in early September, so trying to find places to visit in this region has been really exciting thanks to your recommendations! We’re staying in Montelupo Albese which looks pretty central to Alba, Barolo and Barbaresco – if you have any suggestions in Montelupo I would love to hear them!

    Keep up the great posts, gets me more and more excited for our trip!

    • Ciao, Carli –

      Thank you so much for reading and for the kind words! I am so happy to hear the blog is a useful resource for you. I remember my early days of visiting the area and even after I moved, it was so difficult to find information online. I wanted to answer questions and address issues that I also had during those times.

      As for your note on Montelupo Albese, I have not spent much time there. It is not far from Alba, Barolo, and Barbaresco, but it’s a little outside the area we generally go. If you find some good places during your time there, please let me know and I’ll add it to my list to scope out.

      Enjoy your stay in the area and if you have some time, message me before you come and perhaps we can meet for an aperitivo!

      Salute! Val

  • Hi
    We are family of 14. 8adults. We are staying in Cairo montenotte
    We would love to visit a vineyard. Taste Barolo and finish with a family dinner outside. How, where do we do this. Our trip is June 2017

    • Hi John!

      Thanks for the message and for reading. Sounds like a great trip!

      Are you looking for a tour or planning support? We can certainly help with that. Please submit a request through our tour page (link in the upper right).

      Ciao ciao! Val

  • Heading to Piedmont for the first time in November and have reserved restaurants for every night but one. Trying to decide between Trattoria della Posta and Locanda Fontanazza. Any recommendation either way?

    • Ciao, Micheal –

      Thanks for reading! They are pretty different places. della Posta is a bit higher end and Fontanazza is more casual. I have only eaten at della Posta once, but we go to Fontanazza regularly. It’s one of our favorites!

      Enjoy your time in the area! Val

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