Cibo e Vino

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.

If you are biking around Slovenia, don’t miss the Michelin Stared Hiša Franko.  And, if you decide to go South for the winter, there is always Inati (“to share” in Maori) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Our favorite wineries in the Piemonte and Tuscany are Marchesi di Barolo, Altare, Martinetti, E. Pira (Chiara Boschis), and Felsina.

Of course, there are good restaurants in Los Angeles where Team Polenta has its world headquarters:  Providence, Connie & Ted’s, and LAMill Coffee Boutique.

And, as would be expected from any Italian Cycling Team, there is always a quick espresso made at home on our Rocket and Pasquini espresso machines.