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“What a lovely restaurant!”

Ristorante Boccadoro
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

The place worth of visit! Brilliant Piemontese kitchen. Local food, local wines (from two local winery, in fact) and lots of local people. Three course meal just only 30 euros.

It requires 10 min drive from strada communale and 5 min walk from parking lot, but believe - you will not regret!

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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

This was just an amazing experience. While the menu is prix fixe everything was simply amazing. I could barely eat everything so much
food was brought out.
My family arranged for cooking classes with the chef and it was simply amazing, my wife now makes pasta from scratch.

I simply cannot recommend Boccadoro enough. It is more than worth stepping it for an evening and enjoying the local town and UNESCO world heritage site S. Maria di Crea; which incidentally is right beside the winery of Tenuto Tenaglia, who makes fantastic grignolino and of course Barbera as well as an amazingly smooth golden grappa.

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Reviewed 31 August 2016

Restaurant Boccadoro is on the top of my list of the restaurant in the world!!! It’s located in Ponzano Monferrato what is a little bit more then 100 km from Milan but if you have at list a small possibility you should go for dinner to this place! Boccadoro is completely Italian cosy house restaurant where the food is totally homemade! This time I’ve visited it during the truffle season so the taste of every dish was multiplied several times! It was AMAZING!!

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Reviewed 28 September 2011

One of the few parts of the world where this is still possible to literally stumble on a great restaurant is surely Italy. The magnificent Piedmont region is near top of my list for really serious foodies.

To get a full appreciation of this restaurant review, I need to set the scene.

It was after 2 O'Clock on a Friday afternoon and we were roaming in the hills just outside Montcalvo on our route back home to France. Looking for a lunch venue we drove into the tiny hilltop village of Ponzano with not more than a dozen houses. My daughter (every bit a foodie in the making) noticed a small restaurant sign pointing the way into what looked like a back garden. At this point in the story, I have to remind myself that risk taking with food is about suppressing the rush to judge. Often in the impulse lies the discovery. And here we were looking at what looked like a residential home with a restaurant stuck on the back. With not a soul around I sent my daughter on the mission with more than a small bet she would emerge forlorn. I kept the engine running.

A minute later and beckoning from the lawn she signalled lunch was on.

The small and unassuming chef was tying his apron. There was nervousness when we took our seats under a lime tree in what indeed was a small elevated back garden. The table was unlaid as we chose to dine outdoors. We could see a small 'garage' sized building with tables laid and a scattering of other tables on the ground floor of the main building (which was an ordinary residential house). Being committed, we now had to go the full distance - whatever the outcome. A feeling I'm sure most foodies have had at one time or another in a 'chance-it' restaurant.

A few minutes later, accompanied with urgent braking, a car arrived and a young man in his thirties appeared at table eagerly tying on an apron. The man, we discovered later, was the son of the chef summoned from home in the adjoining village to wait our meal. There was nobody else and we were alone. But one of the great things about genuine rural Italy is nothing is too much trouble. The whole kitchen and restaurant was now kicked into action on our arrival, just as if it were full of paying diners. Try doing that at half past two in any French restaurant.

When the menu arrived I had that excited twinge I get when there's something special about to happen.

What followed was a remarkably memorable meal full of deep flavours which would easily rank in my top five best meals of all time. A faultless execution of simple country cooking elevated to high status with the very best fresh ingredients, liberal use of local black truffles; and generations of hand-me-down kitchen secrets.

It was the best of Italian country cooking without pretentiousness and served with care and great pride. I started with a simple poached egg and spinach salad with crispy fried smoked pancetta and drizzled with fabulous olive oil. My wife opted for zucchini wrapped in ham and lightly fried in a crispy batter which she announced was tasty and perfectly seasoned. My main course was linguine with a rabbit and mushroom sauce. The sauce had an impossibly deep meaty taste and an intense fresh fungi aroma. It was absolutely delicious.

My wife had a Cannelloni with a meat and parmesan filling liberally and greedily covered in huge truffle shavings of the like you would simply never see outside Piedmont. One of my daughters had the local speciality of three-meats ravioli, while the other joined me with the rabbit linguine. After the first fork full, and looking slightly bemused, we stopped to look at each in other in utter amazement. In the middle of nowhere in a back garden we were eating the most extraordinary food.

The sweets, each hand-made, delicate, and tasty would have graced any quality restaurant table. One, a delicate take on a mojito cocktail was inventive and fresh, while poached peaches drizzled in a buttery amaretto sauce were divine. The wine, a local Baberra D' Asti, was a perfect foil for the food and reminded us just how good the wine is in an area often over shadowed by the Barolo wines further south. We finished with great coffee and a local spiced wine liqueur instead of the obvious Limoncello which made for a more memorable finale.

At the end of the meal and eager to get the story we enquired of the waiter about how this all came about. His father (Marco Cambiaso) had been cooking for forty years and learned his trade from his father before him. He was a chef in several gastronomique restaurants in the region, and his son had finally convinced him to go it alone six months earlier. Mr Cambiaso now cooks from the Boccadoro most of the week and spends the rest of his time working with the local gastronomique organisations. The son runs the show with a calm authority and kind open face. He is rightly proud that the reputation is rapidly spreading by word of mouth. Indeed it is.

This is a very good restaurant by any measure. It has restored my faith in the ability to still chance upon fine dining taken to a high art for the sheer love and passion of it. This restaurant represents the best of Italian regional food and cooking and eloquently illustrates why, in my humble opinion, it is Italian food and cooking that leads the way by sheer force of passion. Perhaps I'm growing tiered of overdone pretentious French food that seems in most places across southern France stuck in a rut.

Bravo Marco Cambiaso and your enterprising son. We have already booked to fly in and experience what Marco Cambiaso can do set loose at the 57th Fiera Tartufo (Truffle Festival) in October. I'm counting the days to make the trip back. Book while you still can.

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