This was our second time in this region, and after a wonderful meal at La Piola during our previous trip, we decided that Piazza Duomo was first on our list for this trip. It turns out that was an excellent decision.
After other high-end meals in Italy had fallen flat, I was getting the impression that trattoria-style meals was the best way to eat in Italy. Then, the 11 course tasting menu at Piazza Duomo blew me away. I'll remember many of the dishes for years to come, but my favorite was "Eggs and eggs salad". Coming in at 60 euros on the ala carte menu, I deduced this was going to involve some really expensive eggs. Indeed. The plate had several dollops of caviar and was covered with shaved bottarga. The salad tasted like the essence of the sea, accentuated with a few pieces of toasted nori to put it over the top. Some of our other favorite dishes were the deconstructed cannelloni and the strawberries with rhubarb. Each dish had a clear focus, and each element was there for a reason. In a lot of high end dining, there are more ingredients, more technique, yet the end result is muddled. This was not the case with our meal at Piazza Duomo.
We also enjoyed dinner at Belbo Da Bardon based on recommendations on this board. The meal was excellent, starting with carne crudo, moving on to raviolini del plin and tagliolini with mushrooms, and then the meats. The roasts are presented spectacularly - huge pieces on a cart, sliced in front of you. The most impressive cart, however, was the cheese cart. The selection was huge and very high quality - my favorite was an aged robiola, and it was unlike any robiola I had ever eaten. The table next to us tried more than ten different cheeses, and the cheese master placed each cheese in a specific tasting order. If you go, save room for cheese!