Piedmont is famous, as the name suggest, for the mountains, but also for its castles and parks. The nature is green and beautiful, as it is in the Burcina park, where different trees and flowers species are visible. It is located in Pollone, a small lovely village in the northern part of the Region at the border with Aosta Valley at the foot of Prealps, in Biella province. There are only a bit more than 2.000 inhabitants.
In the village was born Blessed Piergiorgio Frassati, an Italian social and Catholic activist, and in Pollone was born also the painter Lorenzo Delleani. In the past many writers were spending time in the area, like Benedetto Croce. If the reasons to visit it are mainly related to history and natura, also the cuisine has a big space. In these days I had the chance, it is not the first time, to have a great dinner in one of the local restaurants.
It is an elegant example of the meeting between the haute cuisine and the luxury, of course in a refined version. The restaurant Il Faggio is often renovated in the setting, with some modern elements well integrated in the ancient villa that host the dining rooms. The staff pay attention to every details and especially to the guests, in order to give them a unique experience.
The owner serve personally the guests with professionality and kindness. Is a discrete persona, always smiling and ready to chat if the client wants. He is expert about food and drinks and he is able to suggest the customers about the dishes choice. He explains the recipes and he loves to tell about the ingredients and from where they come. This demonstrate how much they work to select the quality to offer a great cuisine.
Of course a good dish does not only comes out from the ingredients. Infact in the kichen of Il Faggio there is a cook that worked in a 3 stars Michelin restaurant outside of Italy. He knows how to mix the local ingredients with the typical taste of the Piedmont and Italian cuisine. The recipes are delicious and served with a particular design, not only because of the paltes, but because of the way used by the cook to put the food on the plate.
The menu offers five or six proposals for each course. I had an appetizer with a mesh potatoes, egg and a local culatello crumbled, then I had a very good pigeon and I finished the dinner with a chocolate palette, a taste of different types of chocolate offered in plate with a precise order to follow, in order to taste the pathway prepared by the chef. Of course, I admit it, I can not resist to chocolate, so that was the best way to finish my meal and to feel like in paradise.
When the guest order the coffee at the end, as the tradition in Italy, or some other drink they offer some homemade pastries very tasty. Biella, as Pollone, is around one hour drive from Turin and more or less the same distance from Milan, so it deserve a visit, also for the restaurant that gives the chance to have a delicious meal and a pleasant moment.