Piedmont food refers to the collection of dishes and drinks from the Piedmont region of Italy. The region is surrounded by the Alps as well as the Apennines, and is known for its extensive grasslands and rice cultivation regions. It is known for its simple cuisine dishes, which are distinctive in taste without many fancy cooking influences, and retain the flavors of traditional local dishes.
Ingredients Commonly used in Piedmont Cuisine
Milk, butter, cream and cheeses form significant ingredients of Piedmont food. Butter is most often used for cooking. The famous Gorgonzola cheese is produced in the Monferrato region. Other specialty cheeses like Robiola di Roccaverano are also produced here.
Vegetables, legumes and eggs are also common ingredients. Herbs and spices like onions, garlic, parsley, pepper, etc. are used in various dishes. Fruits are eaten on their own or as a part of desserts, drinks and jams. Corn and rice are popular cereals.
Meats like beef, veal, mutton, pork, lamb, game, poultry and fish are used to prepare many delectable dishes of Piedmont.
Cocoa is another common ingredient of Piedmont food, which one can find in various confections and beverages from Piedmont. Chestnuts are also consumed in various forms like candied chestnuts or marrons glacés.
Popular Piedmont Cuisine Dishes
- Corzetti: It is fresh pasta made of flour, water and salt.
- Bicerin: It is a drink consisting of layers of espresso coffee, drinking chocolate and a final top layer of whole milk, served in a small round glass.
- Krumiri: It is a biscuit made of flour, water, sugar, vanilla and eggs.
Specialty Foods from Piedmont
- Alba Truffle: An underground mushroom from Alba, it is known to enhance flavors of the dishes it is added to.
- Bagna couda: It is a dip made of olive oil, butter, anchovies and garlic. Raw vegetable are often dipped into it for flavor enhancement. The taste goes particularly well with red wine.
- Gorgonzola Cheese:It is a famous cow's milk cheese that can be served as an appetizer or at the end of a meal. It is a significant element of Piedmont food.