We came back about a month ago from a vacation in Italy which included a week in Piedmont. At the B&B we were staying (Villa La Meridiana, highly recommended) they suggested for dinner one night a local new restaurant called Il Sapori. Apparently (my Italian is not that good and they didn't speak much English) the chef used to work at one of the top restaurants in the area and has now opened his own place.
We went there. The place is small, about 6 tables. Very elegant. As seems to be typical in Italy, there is no turnover at tables. Different parties arrive, take their reserved tables and stay for the night. When somebody does leave, they say goodbye to everybody. The waiters, hosts, kitchen staff, and the other guests. The chef comes out and shakes your hand. Great.
The food was excellent. Imaginative yet classical for the area. Wine (this being Piedmont, you can't miss with the wines) choices are good with a very low markup. The bill was extremely reasonable; much less than other good local restaurants.