Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Alessandria in Piedmont

On our travels from Bologna we spent one night in Alessandria in a small modern country house called Tenuta Valdorso.  

The house was stunningly designed and situated in the hills of Piedmont.

Everything in the house was extremely modern - from the rooms to the restaurant cutlery!

It was just like a gorgeous boutique hotel surrounded by nature. 
It was so peaceful and tranquil! We were so sad that we were only spending one night there.

The owner, Sara, was ever so welcoming, helpful and friendly. 
Through out our travels through Italy we have found that every host at our accommodations have been like this. We love Italy and the Italian people!

There was a gorgeous covered patio relaxing area on the first floor.

They had awesome sofas on the patio, I loved this moon chair the most! (Sorry for the bad quality, the photo was taken late at night).

The covered relaxing patio area overlooked the outside patio on the ground floor, which is where we had dinner at their restaurant and breakfast the following morning.

The food menu at their restaurant was changed daily depending on what was locally available, as they only cooked with fresh ingredients.
For the pasta we had tagliatelle alla ragu. The tagliatelle was gorgeously fresh and tasty and the ragu was very unusual as the main flavours were lemon thyme! It was like no other ragu I have had before! It was stunning!

For main we had a fillet of beef cooked in a cream of Cognac sauce and cream of potatoes. The beef was from a special bread of cattle only found in the Piedmont region. It was mouthwateringly tender and cooked to perfection - slightly pink on the inside!!  It was so tender it was like cutting through butter! The best fillet of beef I have had! 

For desert we had to try the Italians take on the British apple crumble. It was waaaay better than any boring British one by far! It was almost like a cake with a layer of sweet apples topped with buttery crumble. It was heaven! Served of course with vanilla gelato and a sweet passion fruit purée which surprisingly went amazingly with the apples!

For the wine we choose a local red of Barbera D'Alba, which smelt gorgeous! It was woody and earthy with a slight sweetness. 
It went really well with the surroundings of the woodland hills. 
I even managed to see a wild deer roaming on the hills, which was a beautiful sight.

What an awesome way to spend our last night stay in Italy! 
We are so sad to be leaving this wonderful country with its spectacular scenery and sociable people! 
We are going to miss Italy in a big way and hopefully we will be able to return some time in the future.

Bye Bye Italy, Hello France....

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