Italian food and wine is much more than meat balls and spaghetti with a fiasco of cheap red wine. It is white truffles, pasta that comes in hundreds of shapes, the great wines from Barolo, Montepulciano, Ragusa, Tuscany and Udine, and much, much more.
Over the years, we have eaten in hundreds of great Italian ristoranti, osterie e trattorie. Many of our favorites are in the Piemonte. These include La Luna Nel Pozzo in Neive, Ristorante Guido in Serralunga d’Alba, Lou Ressignon in Cogne, Piazza Duomo in Alba (the chef is a cyclist), Enoteca Guanella in Bormio, Restaurant Sissi in Merano, and Villa Maiella in Abruzzo. If you are a lover of cheese, affettati and good wine at reasonable prices, there is no better place than Boccondivino in Milano. If you are near Cortina, stop by El Brite de Larieto, where they raise all of their own meat and vegetables.