My husband and I are travelling to Piemonte and Emilia Romagna at the very beginning of September for the first time and have learnt so much from this board. We're looking forward to reporting back on our trip.
I wanted to ask the more experienced travelers to those regions if they think that the restaurants will be up and running as of 1 September (a Monday this year), immediately after whatever August break they take?
I also wondered what approach people like to take when ordering barolo and barbaresco in Piemonte? My experience from drinking these wines at home has been that they often benefit from a few hours of air prior to drinking. Do people familiar with a restaurant's wine list in the Piemonte sometimes call ahead to say that they'll be ordering a particular wine and to ask if it could be opened ahead of their meal for them?