I have taken a bit of liberty to add some “blues” to this Monday, but keeping the Monday un-mundane. I should issue a fair warning on the onset – This post may be a bit “torturous” and hence may not be suitable for the light hearted.
Turin / Torino, a beautiful and possibly underrated city in the Piedmont Region of Italy. A magnificent place where natural beauty nestles the perfect amalgamation of Classical Italy and the Modern Italy.
No trip of Italy can ever be complete without tasting the traditional Italian food and Italian Wine. And being in Piedmont Region, which is perhaps the “Capital Region” of Italian Wines, a mention of the same becomes all the more necessary.
I remember having this food in a quaint and friendly place called Cantina Torino in Turin. What I don’t remember is the exact name of this dish. And I have only myself to blame for not writing the name down.
But on hindsight, I can’t be the only one to take the full blame for this. The chef who prepared this one shall share some blame too. Now why do I say so? If one prepares such a delectable food which forces the diner to forget everything else and dig in as soon as possible, then what can the diner do other than digging in?
Taxing my brain a bit, I do remember this. This particular dish was originally one made of beef. I sought to replace the beef with chicken. And to my delight, the kind restaurant owner agreed..!!
This dish contains baked chicken stuffed with vegetables. Alongwith chicken are some potato wedges and some more boiled vegetables.
The chicken has been baked to perfection..!! The vegetables stuffed inside, the aroma and smooth amalgamation of the different textures made my head spin with wonder. There is absolutely no doubt that people love Italian food and sing praises about it. This dish is an example of the same. It looks simple, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
This dish is best had with bread. Now I didn’t know that bread was available in unlimited supply in Italy. The kind owner was pretty much insistent on me having more bread. I did have a lot of it – much more than my regular intake – perhaps the highest intake at one go in my entire life so far. My goodness, what a superb taste they had. What a perfect combination with the dish in hand. Marvelous..!! I had to literally plead with the owner not to give me any more bread for the fear of bursting my poor stomach open. The taste was such that I didn’t want to stop eating, but some torturous decisions have to be taken with a very heavy heart.
Italy packs a mighty culinary punch. Every region, rather, every village of Italy will have something unique for the food lover. Torino in the Piedmont region, thus, is no exception. I believe one must travel to Italy just to have food from different regions of this Country. Forget the Colosseum or the canals of Venice. When in Italy, hop from one traditional Italian restaurant to another and have the traditional Italian foods, one after the other. Such a culinary trip will be worth remembering for an entire lifetime. I plan on doing this during my next visit to Italy.
And how dare I forget about Italian Wines, that too in the Piedmont Region? Trust me, I didn’t forget this one.
This beauty is the Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato Wine, which is produced in Castagnole Monferrato village in the Piedmont region.
Ruche is a variety of red grape which is the native of this very Piedmont Region of Italy. The grapes and these wines are endemic to this region only, and hence are protected by the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) Label accorded by the Italian system of labeling wines. Under the EU Reforms of 2008, DOC label of Italy is considered equivalent to Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, which the highest degree of Protection or the Ultimate Label which states the uniqueness or endemical nature of the food or drink.
And this Ruche wine did live upto the tremendous expectation of the fabled Italian wine. In my opinion, I got slight citric, perhaps orange, notes from the wine alongwith a distinct floral aroma of the rose. The after-taste was a bit acidic. The Ruche Wine with the chicken (or beef) is a deadly combination – you may never want to leave the table and have more of both.
Being in the Piedmont Region, sipping the fabled and celebrated Piedmont Wine, having Piedmontine food and watching the classic Piedmontine Italian streets and seeing the sun slip between the Majestic Italian Alps – this combination will play havoc in your mind and soul. I never wanted to leave. And I am unapologetic towards this love of mine for Torino.
And a place becomes strikingly beautiful not only by its sights and scenes, but also, perhaps more so, by its people. I had a pleasant discussion with the owner of the Hotel Cantina Torino in Turin, Italy. He not only offered me advice on the wide range and characteristics of authentic foods of Torino and the Piedmont Region, but also provided me with useful advice regarding the places to visit in the Piedmont Region. And all this despite me not asking for such information in the first place. And I believe that is one of the many examples of going the “extra mile” towards helping the tourists. Could this be one of the reasons why Italy is a popular tourist destination? I would like to believe that in affirmative.
The picture was taken in June 2019 CE
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Hope you liked the food and drink and are intrigued by them.
The real purpose of traveling should not be to merely click pictures of some of the biggies like Colosseum or Eiffel Tower.
There is immense beauty in the unknown. There is beauty even right under our nose, as exemplified by these delicacies. Perhaps a culinary trip to Italy will be far more fulfilling than a few selfies near the Colosseum.
Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.