Brecht once said that for the elite of society talking about food was considered low class, because, of course, they had always eaten their fill. Inspired by reflections like these, 20 years ago, in the south west of Piedmont, between the Langhe and Roero hills, the Slow Food Movement was born. In the years that followed this movement has grown to become synonymous with a philosophy that treasures and protects the time honoured traditions of producing and preparing food.
Among the founders of this “democracy of the palate” we find Carlin Petrini, a member of ARCI, who created the Terra Madre movement (mother earth – an international organization which defends traditional agricultural around the world), and founded the Universities of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and Colorno.
As the “slow food” philosophy has spread around the globe, Piedmont has become one of the key world centers of food and wine tourism.
For a traveler form England or Germany, America or Switzerland, a trip to Piedmont is an adventure for the taste buds, an exploration of new and exciting tastes.
And there are some taste experiences which absolutely cannot be missed: to mention only a few, the capons from Morozzo and the Belle cherries from Garbagna, the Cevrin cheeses from Coazze and the Gallina Bianca chickens from Saluzzo, the “cardo gobbo” cardoons from Nizza Monferrato and the tench fish from Poirino.
Piedmont has no less than 50 restaurants classified as “ristoranti d’eccellenza”, where the cooking and the quality of the local produce used is superb.
Here, traditional recipes blend with the innovative ideas, passion combines with culinary art, to create unique and unforgettable dishes.
If it is true, as they say, that people are what they eat, then some of the compliments must also go to these chefs.
Courtesy of Regione Piedmont