Le Teste di Rapa

In Asti’s historic center, you come across a restaurant with an unusual name that provides you with a bright surroundings and shabby furnishings, where both lunch breaks and dinners with friends or couples are lovely. Genuine and creative dishes prepared with care and served with grace and kindness – this is the recipe for success of this venue. All female the staff of the restaurant which already boasts a good loyal clientele. The menu changes every month and is suitable for every taste and need. The “Bowls” are appealing salads with special ingredients such as strawberry and rabbit tuna or Venus black rice with beetroot, blueberries, melon, eggplant meatballs. The dishes depend on seasonality and the lunch prices vary from € 9 to € 14. Among the a’ la carte appetizers it is worth mentioning the veal with tuna sauce, the flan with avocado and the tuna tartare with oranges and passion fruit (from € 8.5 to € 11); their menu includes also interesting first courses like tajarin pasta with orange and lemon, pesto with shrimp or carbonara, the original one featuring pecorino and bacon (from 9 to 12€). Among the main courses you switch from the classic Piedmontese Fassona steak with a secret chef’s sauce to roasted octopus served with a delicious blackberry sauce (from € 15 to € 19). Homemade desserts such as chilli chocolate mousse, panna cotta with salted caramel (all for 5-6 €) to round out the menu. Either Vegetarian and vegan dishes are served every day. Good choice of wines, especially from the area, served by the glass as well.

Antica locanda Il Duca Bianco

The restaurant is located inside an elegant building near the center of the town. Inside it is bright and spacious with modern decor and in the summer you can have lunch in the small garden outside or in the nicely shaded terrace. The quality of chef Vito’s cuisine is guaranteed because of the products he uses as well as his ability in preparing traditional Piedmontese dishes with a touch of creativity. The appetizers alone are worth your while: you can have the “vitello tonnato” prepared according to the original Langarola recipe, tongue in green sauce or the peppers with “bagna cauda”. The first courses are delicious from the donkey meat ravioli to the typical plin agnolotti as well as the cheese gnocchi with truffles and the tajarin with wild boar ragout. The desserts are great as well including the “bunet della nonna” and the hazelnut cake with English cream. You’ll surely feel welcomed by the kind and smiling staff. Suitable prices, 30 to 40 euro for an entire meal.

Il Bagatto

“Il Bagatto” is located on the “tamburello” square inside a gorgeous building with exposed bricks, a wide welcoming dining room and a fireplace. The restaurant’s cuisine has been passed on for generations and it offers authentic traditional dishes. Among their appetizers you’ll find the “vitello tonnato”, peppers in “bagna cauda”, chicken in pickled sauce, cold cuts from Monferrato and Piedmontese Toma cheese. Among their first courses (which are all homemade), you’ll find the “agnolotti” and “tagliatelle” followed by the mixed boiled meats, suckling pig fillet, game and, if you book in advance, Piedmontese mixed fried fish. From their desserts we recommend their “bonet”, artisanal gelatos and their bavarian creams. We’re in truffle territory and here is where they can be tasted best. Two tasting menus are available, one for 35 euro which includes 2 mixed appetizers, two first courses to sample, a second course of your choice with 1 side, a variety of desserts and coffee and a second one for 20 euro, which includes a vegetarian option, with a first or second course of your choice, 1 dessert and 1 coffee. Wide selection of local wines and if you don’t finish your wine bottle you can take it home with you.