Mompantero, Valsusa, Italy, July 20, 2016—
DINNER OUT TONIGHT with my Piemontese friends in a neighborhood restaurant outside of Susa.
Entering the restaurant I remembered having eaten there well three yesrs ago —and, as it turns out, almost identically: I opened with melon and prosciutto, then went on to braciola di maiale. As before, this was a thin pork chop, generous in size, simply cooked with only salt and a quarter lemon to flavor it.
I added a very discreet drizzle of very piquant chili pepper-infused olive oil, as the cook is Calabrian.
Roero Arneis, Parvo, San Silvestre Cantine, 2013 (a little too old); Dolcetto, Manfredi (Langhe), 2014: delicious.
Ristorante Rocciamelone, Monpantero, Susa
DESSERT in town: gelati al limon, crema, and fior di latte, with fine panna montata.
La Bottega del gelato, Piazza San Giusto, Susa