Where to Eat in Asti: Ristorante Bandini

The Taste SF visits Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. Try the local fish dipped in milk.
The Taste SF visits Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. This northern Italian food is rich with butter, pork, and pasta - delicious! They also offer an amazing wine list.

 

Piedmont can be a somewhat challenging destination if you’re a first time visitor. It’s incredibly beautiful, but it’s many hilltop villages leave you wondering where to start. During our time in Piedmont, our friend and winemaker Fabio Gea took us to one of his favorite restaurants near Nieve, Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti. We asked him to help us choose the best dishes and wines. He of course brought some of his own wine too, which if you can find it, you must try!

We started dinner with a crudo of local fish and an asparagus soup with red shrimp and shiso, which was followed by local sausage along with veal cheeks and polenta. This is also where we developed a love for tajarin, a very thin handmade pasta that’s typically served with a meat sauce. We’ve recreated it at home several times since.

 

The Taste SF recommends visiting one of the best restaurants in Piedmont Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. The Taste SF recommends their asparagus soup served with shrimp.
The Taste SF recommends visiting one of the best restaurants in Piedmont Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. The Taste SF recommends tajarin pasta a traditional piedmont pasta.

The Taste SF recommends one of the best restaurants in Piedmont Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy.
Visit one of the best restaurants in Piedmont Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. The Taste SF recommends trying the veal cheek and polenta dish for dinner.

Massimo’s food is solid, and Antonello is a master at perfectly pairing interesting wines with the food. If you ask for recommendations, his pairings will exceed your expectations. Antonello brought out a special bottle of Giuseppe Rinaldi wine that neither Fabio nor Ceri had seen before, and we were all blown away. The service, flavors, and wine at Ristorante Bandini were all fantastic! If you are in Piedmont, we’d highly recommend a visit.

Via Cornapo’ (Strada Provinciale 38) 135, Portacomaro Asti, Italy Postal Code 14037

Visit Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. The Taste SF ties an asparagus soup with shrimp.  The Taste SF visits Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy.   Visit Ristorante Bandini in Portacormaro, Asti in northern Italy. Try the crudo or raw fish with milk along with pickled vegetables.

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