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One lunch and one dinner in Piemonte

Hey all, I'm a Los Angeles based hound who will be living in Lyon for a month or so. Anyways, I'm gonna do a little road trip through northwest Italy and will be spending one night somewhere in Piemonte.

Where should I go for one lunch and one dinner that will blow me away? I definitely want cooking that is unique to the region and harder to find in LA.

Price is not really an issue, although I'd prefer for food costs (not including drinks) to be under 250 Euros.

Currently thinking Combal Zero or Piazza Duomo for dinner. Maybe da Bardon for lunch? Are there any other dinner places I should really consider? Also any other lunch recommendations?

Also, I have no problem driving long distances. Routinely drive an hour both ways to dine in LA. I'll have a rental car.

Thanks so much for your opinions. I promise to report back!

about 5 hours ago
set0312 in Italy

The Bazaar, still going strong! (dineLA menu)

Interesting, what else did you get?

Jan 23, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Dish of the Month, Los Angeles -- February 2015 -- Nominations

PIZZA

Jan 22, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

I think wood spoon def works. It can get a little loud but never too bad.

Jan 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Please don't go to Faith and Flower

Jan 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

honeymoon thru Cali (2.5 nights at LA)

Settebello in Newport Coast could be a really nice lunch spot. Really great Neapolitan pizza and afterwards you could walk to the water.

Jan 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

Quite honestly none. I actually really do like the ambiance of Wood Spoon when it's not too crowded. It really can feel like a local neighborhood spot you visit once a week. The space itself is not spectacular, but it's quaint enough.

Literally never had decent atmosphere at Bestia or Factory Kitchen.

Jan 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

I'm glad you agreed. I hope I wasn't misleading people with my post but I truly thought the food was very poor!

In downtown, I like Bestia, GCM, Factory Kitchen, Wurstkuche, and Wood Spoon. Everything else to me is more hype than substance.

Jan 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

The cheese shop in SoCo seems like it would be solid. Always looks good when I go to Taco Maria but in all honesty I'm not too sure of prices.

Jan 19, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

Is a quality steak now a must for a good dining area?

8 foodies from Asia -- DTLA rec?

oh gosh i had one of the worst meals in my life here. def wouldn't suggest it

Jan 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

8 foodies from Asia -- DTLA rec?

I also think Alma would be a good choice

Jan 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

The "Gastro" thing...

Hmm I agree about the symptoms but I'm not sure I agree with the name. I associate gastropubs more with upscale takes on burgers and and chicken pot pie and stuff like that. I'd label the places you're referring to as "Hipster Dens."

Long live grilled octopus though.

Jan 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

My goodness they bumped the price up!!!!!!!!!! It used to be 52.

Jan 12, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Do LA diners really like noise?

There was a massive thread on this whole thing.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9898...

Jan 11, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Orange County

lol ya the packing district food is not particularly good.

Jan 09, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Orange County

Zait and Zataar was closed about a week ago. Looked like a remodel. Definitely worth calling ahead to see if they are open.

Ramen Zetton is awesome. Santouka isn't a bad option either. I like Delicias Peruanas in Lake Forest for Peruvian. East Borough is pretty solid upscale Vietnamese in Costa Mesa.

And I disagree. We have a fantastic neapolitan pizza scene. Better than LA's in my opinion. Settebello > than anything in LA other than Settebello in MDR and pasadena. Ortica is as good as anything in LA given its the same owners and the same oven as the revered Sotto. Pizza e Vino in South County is VPN certified. So is Fuoco in Fullerton. Not much in terms of NY style pizza I guess... but one cannot complain.

Taco Maria is legitimately among the best restaurants in LA. For the price, it is better than any restaurant in LA.

Jan 09, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Any new popular casual joints within the past 2 years?

Unless you get all the way to Pasadena's Settebello.

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Orange County

I'd add Playground to the list of good places. LAtransplant, where in OC are you?

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Trip Report: PRAGUE, VIENNA, BUDAPEST (LONG!)

Thanks so much for the detailed report. Heading to Budapest in May and am now considering your report invaluable!

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Trip Report (short)

Haven't been to Babbo yet, but definitely am not a fan of Eataly.

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Trip Report (short)

Did chow hound hype Mozza or did other places? Because I don't think there are too many of us who think Pizzeria Mozza is that good.

Jan 07, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Budapest - rustic/traditional? help, please

Also looking for info on Budapest dining. I'll be here for a month so would love to know about some neighborhood places I can go to that will be more affordable than the Michelin star spots.

Jan 04, 2015
set0312 in Europe

If you had to pick 3 of the 5 which would you choose?

bestia, chi spacca, république

Jan 04, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

The Dock in Newport Beach

I'll have to check it out. Out of curiosity, what else would you consider among the top newport spots?

Jan 04, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

NY'r visting LA...rec's please

Grand Central Market is probably worth checking out.

Jan 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Pok pok phat thai

Is it just me or does the Pok Pok Phat Thai menu just not look that appealing/interesting? I'm sure this is one of the best phat thai's in America, but at the same time, I wouldn't crave phat thai or phat see ew while in Thailand, so I can't imagine I crave it here.

I'm curious who the target audience for the Pad Thai venture is.

Jan 01, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

I myself can never figure out what is going on because they do always seem half empty. My meals there tend to be two hours plus just because the tasting menu format sort of allows that.

Sorry you couldn't get in. Glad you enjoyed Shuck. It's a good spot for what it is.

Dec 31, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

BURGERS

Dec 27, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

AFRICAN

Dec 23, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area