The food tour with a local expert
The food tour of Asti sets off with a visit to the covered food market with an introduction to the local culinary scene. Our local expert unfolds the ancient origins of many ingredients that are recurring in the cuisine of the Monferrato hills district.
As we pass by the square where takes place every year the “Palio”, an old horse race, our next stop is a cheese shop. Meet a cheese refiner who will share his passion and hard work that takes to turn a fresh cheese in a masterpiece of flavors.
The food tour of Asti continues through the streets of the former Jewish ghetto, surrounded by medieval towers and baroque churches. The highlight of our culinary crawl in Asti is a cozy butcher shop where the best meat and salami producers of the region are represented. Boiled salami, veal sausage are two of the three specialties paired with local Barbera d’Asti wine, perfect red to contrast the fat of cold cuts.
Eat where locals eat
Next, we sample traditional “antipasti” – starters – prepared by professional chefs in a high-end food store. Called “gastronomia”, this store is a display of Piedmontese recipes and it is the best point of reference in town for a quick bite or to take out high-quality food.
As the local expert suggests things to do in Asti, the fourth food tasting is a casual eatery where local pasta is prepared with care and selected ingredients. Partake on a combo of stuffed squared ravioli and “tajarin” (egg noodle pasta) served with traditional sauces.
The food tour in Asti comes to an end with a celebration of hazelnut and chocolate delights or a gelato, depending on the season.
Tastings order and recipes can change depending on availability. Any food allergies and dietary restrictions must be communicated at time of booking.