Restaurant Review: Albergo Ristorante Asmara, Italy
Within Valle Cervo or Cervo Valley in Piedmont region, there exists a family-run restaurant along the banks of the stream. The Trattoria Ponte delle Fontane or Bridge of the Fountains Trattoria, has been a heavenly refuge of rich Italian culinary heritage since 1886.
From its founding generations, Albergo Ristorante Asmara or Asmara Resort and Restaurant, as it is now known, continues to serve a menu that is based on the abundance of their gastronomy sources, which are enriched by their fresh and rich surroundings.
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The facade of Asmara is inconspicuous with its lush panoramic background that drowns their quaint building. However, the treat is inside where one receives instant warmth and a welcoming reception from the family who runs the restaurant and the resort.
Their specialty, Trout, thrive healthily in the immaculate spring water of the valley. They prepare it right off their homegrown trout nursery and prepared in various delicious ways, such as pan-fried in butter or grilled as an appetizer, a typical dish with Polenta Concia – a filling cornmeal warmed with nuts and cheeses, and Riso “al Cagnun” – a simple yet appetizing risotto with cheese and sage, tossed in pasta, and stewed with seasoned ingredients.
They are the only one in the province that uses a system employing water oxygenation and cool atmosphere.
That’s why their trouts usually gets sold out by the latter part of lunchtime, especially during the summer months when people dine and refresh in the adjacent spring.
Aside from their popular trout dishes, they also serve the likes of Homemade Pasta with Ragu – a tomato based sauce with combined minced pork and beef, Gnocchi with Vegetables and Pancetta or Italian bacon– potato pasta, risotto with sausages and green beans, and sausages with fava beans, Reale di Vitello al Limoncello – veal simmered in lemon liquor and desserts that comprise of Cakes baked with seasoned fruits, Tiramisu, and Panna Cotta.
The service and portioning are notoriously favorable. It’s the granddaughter of the founder of Asmara who approaches every diner and imparts to them her profound knowledge of their food, which is then cooked by her culinary-gifted children. After, she returns to deliver the delicious orders, warm and abundant, to the diners.
The other wonderful thing is that, while the feel of the restaurant is pleasant and spacious with comfy dining indoors and al fresco outdoors, and the view of the flowing cool stream of Torrente di Cervo proves inviting, the overall sense-fulfilling experience is nonetheless inexpensive.
So when you’re traveling around Italy, make it a note to stop by to dine and sleep at Albergo Ristorante Asmara.
Albergo Ristorante Asmara of Maciotta Bianc Adila & c. s.n.c., Frazione Asmara 1
13812, San Paolo Cervo City, Biella Province, Piedmont Region.
Telefono: 015 – 60021, Fax: 015 – 60021.