We started our visit to Italy in Positano, a most beautiful setting that seems to be overrun with tourists and tour buses on narrow roads. Our best seafood meal there was at Max's and the most disappointing for its ordinariness and exorbitant prices was La Sponda.
At our next destination Bologna we had excellent meals at Osteria Bottega and Trattoria Via Serra, which have both been recommended on this board.
Our next stop was Piemonte where we had the best meals of our trip, thanks to all the wonderful advice from this board. The first night we drove to Cheresco to Trattoria La Torre. We had two pastas that were both delicious, the plin with meat stuffing and the tajarin in a sausage tomato sauce. We also shared the stuffed quail in broth with vegetables. Our wine was a 2010 Rivella Serafino Montestefano Barbaresco.
The next evening we went to Guido in Serralunga d'Alba. Everything there was also excellent, especially the two pastas, agnolotti stuffed with three meats and tajarin with mushrooms. For wine we had a 2010 Cavallotto Bricco Boschis Barolo.
The next night we went to Veglio in Annunciate for another excellent meal of appetizers, pastas and dessert. For wine had a 2007 Prunotto Bussia Barolo.
We continued all this glorious eating with Sunday lunch at Il Centro the next day where we had the tasting menu which consisted of three appetizers, a pasta and a second course, then dessert, all chosen from the menu. although everything is wonderful here, we especially liked the smoked sturgeon and the quail salad. From the pastas, the ravioli with meat rib in a Madeira sauce was outstanding. Our wine was a 2011 Cerrito Brunate Barolo.
With two Piemonte meals remaining, our lunch on Tuesday at Da Bardon was my favorite meal of the trip. It included two wonderful pastas, the agnolotti with rabbit and the ravioli in a three meat sauce. Our seconds were the veal with vegetables and the guinea fowl. We ended with a sampling of three delicious desserts. Our wine was a 2011 Renato Ratti Barolo, Marcenasco.
And unfortunately for the Monday on which many restaurants were closed, we made a bad decision to go to Antica Corona Reale which was the worst meal of our trip and ironically, close to the most expensive. The pastas we ordered were bad and not even homemade. The baby goat which the waiter praised highly was tasteless. We had an expensive bottle of Barbaresco which was just ordinary. I would never return to this restaurant and don't understand why there were so many Italians eating there when the food was so inferior.