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Osteria del Castello in Cengio Alto dal 1906
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Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Cengio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$39
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: osteria del castello in cengio alto dal 1906pre boom vision = previous economic boomwe are inspired by the cuisine of the 1940 / 50 authenticity before the fashions and gourmet culinary various movements.hinterland of Liguria on the edge of the Piedmont, 50 km from Alba CN 30 km from the Ligurian coast.osteria del castello in cengio alto dal 1906pre boom vision = prima del boom economicoci ispiriamo alla cucina dell’osteria anni 40°/ 50°autenticità che precede le mode gastronomiche e i movimenti culinari vari.entroterra della liguria sul confine con il piemonte a 50 km da alba cn a 30 km dalla riviera ligure
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hidden away in a tiny and beautiful village, Cengio Alto, in what feels like the middle of nowhere, this humble auberge/restaurant will blow your mind. Arriving quite late, in the middle of the week on a rainy ordinary day, we were delighted and treated to what can only be described as an authentic, warm, made at home from local products extravaganza. We were never given a menu, the dishes just kept on coming whilst a small army of women rolled and pinched ravioli in the kitchen. Everything was just perfectly simple and very very good. The biggest surprise was the bill - and not because it was expensive. Excellent value for money.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank LindaAustralian
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

authentic cooking from appetizer to digestive where any dish is offered by friendly and smile staff one by one with presentation and ingredients contents.
Pasta hand made , as gnocchi are an all life remember.
Excellent wines and spirits from the owners and unbelievable prices!!
A place to recommend for sure!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank lucianoferro61
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Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Second year. Second time.
This time found about the "laboratorio", licuors or digestives.
Thinking about the third time already.
If could give 10 points would give 15.

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank Curious65935
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Reviewed October 11, 2014

on our way to the Riviera from Piedmont... getting late and we getting hungry, we spotted this osteria on tripadvisor. I reserved a table for me and my girlfriend and when we arrived we found a nice, romantic table in a quiet corner, candles and wine... prepared just for us! Nice. By the way: do use a sat-nav since the osteria is not in Cengio, but in the old village on the top of the hill (Cengio Alto). Once you reach the village, the restaurant is easy to find. But you first have to find Cengio Alto...
We were a bit surprised and suspicious as we were the only ones in the osteria...we were told that every day is a bit different... that at lunch that very same day they were full with 60 guests... I obviously didn't miss the opportunity: "see"- I said to my girlfriend - "I have reserved not only a table, but the entire restaurant!"

Food: traditional, local food from south Piedmont with some incursions into Liguria. Above all, all very nice, tasty and in good portions. Good red wine from Piedmont (dolcetto).

As starters we had a ham and salami platter, some Russian salad, stuffed onions, a kind of quiche with cheese and ham, some other vegetables. Don't miss the "pane fritto" ("fried bread") together with the starters.
We had two or three different first courses to choose from: we tried the ravioli with a kind of thick Bolognese sauce: it was very good and very different from the usual Bolognese, with very little tomato sauce.
As a second course we went for rabbit, but my girlfriend wasn't sure she would make it "how can you eat a poor rabbit? I had a rabbit as a pet when I was a child... it's just sad...". No need to say, she didn't need my help to finish it... It was rabbit with olives, a traditional recipe from Liguria we were told.
Dessert: a "mattone" (a sort of chocolate salami with biscuits), coffee and a selection of spirits produced by the osteria (some very peculiar, as for example a fennel infuse or one with juniper).

As at the end of the evening we were both very satisfied and let's say "in a happy spirit" we were also offered a clean and spacious accommodation in the adjacent B&B, that we gatefully accepted.

If you are in the area, don't miss this osteria.

Date of visit: October 2014
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Thank Ale X
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

We was here in the middle of july 2014. It´s not easy to find, hidden in a small village behind other houses. You have to ask for the road. If you like flashy places with snobbish waiters - don´t bother. But if you love genuine experiences that you´ll remember for life - go there! This place is for real.

Every italian restaurant is claiming to have "pappa della nonna (grandmas food)" but this place really has it. Everything is biodynamic and comes from the immediate surroundings and is cooked "pre-boom", which means that they serve food as it was made before mass production and distribution destroyed it in the end of the 50´s. They even has a small exhibition of italian things from the 50´s, and the old radio is playing beautiful sentimental Neapolitan songs.

The food is excellent and pure piemontese. We just had a "small" lunch (Merenda Sinoira) with 7 different antipasti, wine, 3 desserts, coffee and homemade licorice liqueur. We raised from the table totally fulfilled. And the price was 15 Euro, all included! The owner is the third generation running this restaurant and is very friendly and hospitable. Ask him about the food, culture of this area and history of the restaurant. We will certainly come back. For dinner this time, so we could eat and drink more.

Date of visit: July 2014
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Thank peter_arnell
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