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“A wonderful surprise !”

Osteria il melograno
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Terruggia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 1 September 2018

A group of 9 of us had a wonderful dinner here. The building is quite large which one cannot see from the outside. We ate downstairs . Our waiter Simon did quite well in English explaining all the dishes. The service and atmosphere were good. The wines
and food were delicious. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but nice to see they have offerings. I was surprised to see such a nice restaurant in a small town. Thank you.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

You can feel the dishes are made and served with love, the chef is really creative and the place has the "Italian Feeling". I will come back as soon as i can!

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Thank fedesant2014
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We have passed the Melograno many times, however today we decided to have our Lunch there.

The service was polite and quick. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. The owner described the options in English for me and provided a rather nice glass of Barbera wine.

I would recommend this restaurant for a group of friends or for a romantic evening meal.

Brilliant, I will go again.

Thank Pecora_Nera1961
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The restaurant organised a night in the village square with a vegan buffet menu at a set price. It was a great night and the menu very rich in choices. I enjoyed every dish and the wine selection. Very pleased!

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The Osteria Il Melograno is located just on the central square of Terruggia, small cozy village just a few kilometers away from the town of Casale. Here is where we meet Antonella, who leads us inside.

At the first glance, we are impressed by the elegance of the main room, magnificently renovated, furnished and decorated in the traditional Piedmontes style, with tuff bricks and wooden roof.

We take a seat at a table and start the interview. Antonella and her husband Carlo, the chef of the restaurant, tell us the history of this place, born from a passion for their work. Il Melograno opened in 2001 after a deep and expensive renovation of the old cascina building that pertened to Carlo's family, after a long experience in the catering field serving pasta and sandwiches along the high road, to express Carlo's creativity for cooking.

From the very beginning they chose to differentiate from the mainstream, offering an "à la carte" menu with traditional but revised dishes, as Slow Food teaches. The first guests were surprised by that; in fact, the common for the traditional Monferrinian restaurants is to have a huge menu with 7/8 starters, 2/3 first courses, etc... so that after such a meal you are over-full, if you can come to the end. For this reason people didn't understand their cuisine, they complain.

"We cook more vegetables than any other restaurant", they also tell us. All the ingredients, where possible, are bought following the rythm of the seasons, local, organic. "Coming from farmer's families, for us organic products are the common, not just an exception." While we are there, indeed, comes a guy from the village bringing fresh violet asparagus.

We pass then to visit the other rooms: the terrace, with an indoor and an outdoor sides, open on a magnificent view of the hills and the sunset; the downstairs room, used for the lunch-break and painted with warm and soft colors; the cellar, with a good choice of wines; the small yard outside perfect for summer aperitives; and the small garden with herbs used for the preparation of the dishes, and the grapefruit tree, from where the name of the restaurant comes from. We can notice a precise care for the details, and cleanness.

We are now invited to taste something, all vegan, on the outdoor terrace, watching the sun going slowly down. To accompany the food, we are offered of a glass of Grignolino wine, from La Casaccia. The starters we are served are "typical but new": russian salad with veg-mayonnaise, "friciulin" (small omelette) made of spinach and chickpies flour with a tasty avocado cream, and a surprising salad of raw asparagus and hazelnut oil. We are eating with Antonella, and she tells that the real soul of this place is Carlo with his cooking genius. The food is very well accompanied by the delicious home-made bread: white, black or with seeds. Everything here, except the grissini they say, is home-made, even the ice-cream (also vegan).

Next we try a risotto with curry and mini carrot-cubes, spicy and with an oriental flavour. The last dish is very high level: a slice of toasted bread on an asparagus and oil cream, sormounted by a potato and leek cream, and topped with four boiled asparagos.

The silence here is impressive: Antonella says that, after a long time living above a 24h petrol station, she couldn't sleep here, because there was too much silence. They think that sometimes it can even get annoying, but for people from the city this calm is like a paradise!

To top the meal, we can taste their choice of desserts: a small glass with creamy yogurt, the "chocolate delight", the red berries sorbetto, and the "cupola three chocolates". A cup of hot, intensly parfumed ginger tea closes the dinner and warms us up in this cool spring night.

The Osteria Il Melograno offers lunch menu for 12 euros, menu alla carta and degustation menu for 25 (wine excluded). They serve meat as well, but the vegetarian or vegan offer is very wide, high quality and always surprising, with a special attention to intolerances, gluten-free/milk-free dishes etc. Their food: a wonderful world for a real gourmet!

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