In the historic center of Asti, a restaurant with an unusual name, with a bright and welcoming environment and shabby-style furniture, enjoyable for both lunch and dinner. The cuisine is sincere and creative and the dishes are prepared with care and served with grace and kindness. The staff of the restaurant is all female, which already boasts a good loyal clientele. The menu changes every month with seasonal dishes suitable for everyone. Alongside traditional dishes we find creative and original proposals, among the appetizers (from 9 to 12.5 €) to try the Violet, red cabbage flan, brie fondue, chopped pistachios and crispy bread, or egg cooked at 65° degrees with taleggio cream, pear and cinnamon chutney, toasted walnuts and dehydrated pears. Among the first courses (from € 9 to € 11.5) the delicious ravioli stuffed with pumpkin sauce and crumbled amaretti or the lentil and squid soup. The Piedmontese sushi proposal is interesting, an interesting twist of flavors that is worth tasting. Among the main courses, meat or fish or dishes with seasonal vegetables (from € 15 to € 21). The desserts cooked with passion are all appetizing such as the Nuance, three nougat, hazelnut and chocolate mousse with hazelnut crumble and fresh blueberries, or the pistachio tiramisu cream, savoyard crumble, coffee cream. Selected wine list with local proposals.
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” 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.