It was during the third mouthful of one of the most spectacular desserts that I have ever eaten when I thought to myself, “wow, we are really fortunate to have such amazing restaurants here in Piedmont“. The dish in question was called “Nocciola, Nocciola, Nocciola” and it can be found at the Michelin star Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Turin by celebrity TV chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, open more than two years now in the Gran Madre zone of Turin. The entire meal was outstanding, including the service and the wine, and my wife and I left feeling very satisfied having had not just a meal but an exquisite dining experience that we will continue to talk about for weeks.
We are not the only ones to recognize the special dining opportunities here. In fact, in the 2019 Michelin Guide, five Piedmont restaurants were newly awarded the prestigious Michelin star for dining excellence. Cannavacciuolo received a well-deserved one for each of his restaurants, Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Turin and Cannavacciuolo Cafè & Bistrot Novara. The other three restaurants selected were Locanda del Sant’Uffizio by chef Enrico Bartolini in Cioccaro (near Asti), and Spazio 7 and Carignano, both in Turin.
In an update for the 2020 Michelin Guide, one restaurant, La Madernassa (near Alba), was newly awarded two stars for chef’s Michelangelo Mammoliti creative approach to traditional Piedmontese cuisine using especially products from the restaurants own garden. Additionally, three restaurants gained their first Michelin star: Atelier (Domodossola, Condividere (in the Nuvola Lavazza complex in Torino which we wrote about here) and Fre (Monforte d’Alba) while Al Sorriso was bumped from two stars down to one star.
Michelin starred restaurants are typically considered the best of the best, and of these, Italy has the second-most in the world after France, and within Italy, an amazing forty-six Michelin starred restaurants can be found just in Piedmont. Thus, you have plenty of options for having an exceptional dining experience and the list continues to grow.
What does a Michelin star mean exactly? Michelin (yes, the French tire company) publishes an annual guide book that provides a hotel and restaurant reference guide and awards from one to three stars to a small, select group of restaurants as recognition of the high quality of their cooking. To receive a Michelin star is a very prestigious honour and is greatly sort after by all the top and rising talented chefs. The Michelin reviewers are anonymous and concentrate on the quality, mastery of technique, personality, and consistency of the food, not on the restaurant itself.
Per Michelin, the stars are classified as follows:
One star⭐: A good place to stop on your journey, indicating a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
Two stars⭐⭐: A restaurant worth a detour, indicating excellent cuisine and skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality
Three stars⭐⭐⭐: A restaurant worth a special journey, indicating exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.
In Piedmont, you have the rare opportunity to experience a Michelin three-star restaurant at Piazza Duomo of Alba. (See below for the details). If that is a bit out of your league, don’t worry, there are also four restaurants with two stars and a further forty with one star.
We have included a partial list below with links to the websites of the restaurants and Google Maps so that you can find directions and research them easier. If you would like to explore the restaurants on the Michelin site, you can find the link here.
We hope you enjoy your dining experience in Piedmont and please tell us about it in the comments section below.
Map of Michelin Starred Restaurants in Piedmont
⭐⭐⭐ Michelin 3 Star Restaurants Piedmont
Piazza Risorgimento, 4, 12051 Alba CN
Average price – from 145 € to 250 €
⭐⭐ Michelin 2 Star Restaurants Piedmont
Via Filippo Turati, 87, 28924 Verbania VB
Average price – from 105 € to 220 €
La Madernassa (new for 2020)
Reg. Lora, 2, 12050 Guarene CN
Average price – from 70 € to 140 €
Via Giuseppe Fava, 18, 28016 Orta San Giulio NO
Average price – from 110 € to 185 €
Antica Corona Reale
Via Fossano, 13, 12040 Cervere CN
Average price – from 75 € to 200 €
⭐ Michelin 1 Star Restaurants Piedmont
NEW for 2020
Piazza G. Matteotti, 36, 28845 Domodossola VB
55 € – 75 €
Via Bologna, 20, 10152 Torino TO
55 € – 120 €
Località S. Sebastiano, 68, 12065 Monforte D’alba CN
50 € – 65 €
Al Sorriso (was 2 stars)
Via Roma, 18, 28010 Soriso NO
90 € – 160 €
NEW for 2019
Cannavacciuolo Cafè & Bistrot Novara
Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 1, 28100 Novara NO
Average price – from 62 € to 94 €
Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Torino
Via Umberto Cosmo, 6, 10131 Torino TO
Average price – from 60 € to 12 €
Locanda del Sant’Uffizio-Enrico Bartolini
Strada Sant Uffizio, 1, 14030 Cioccaro di Penango AT
Average price – from 55 € to 87 €
Via Modane, 20, 10141 Torino TO
Average price – from 40 € to 70 €
Via Carlo Alberto, 35, 10123 Torino TO
Average price – from 62 € to 106 €
Given that there are forty-one, one-star restaurants from Piedmont in the Michelin Guide, we won’t include them all here but you can see them for yourself on the Michelin site using the following link or check them out on our map above.