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“Like dining in the 1950s”

Ristorante Albergo Badellino
Ranked #18 of 113 Restaurants in Bra
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Casa Badellino, albergo con ristorante tradizionale. Si trova nel cuore antico della città di Bra, ai piedi delle colline di Langa e Roero. E' il luogo ideale per un soggiorno piacevole sia per una clientela turistica che d’affari.
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Our B&B recommended this restaurant so I made a reservation. That was a good thing as they quickly filled up, clearly with traditionalists and locals who have embraced the place over the years. We found the menu lacking anything interesting and bemoaned we had not gone back to Boccondivino where for about the same price, our dinner was fabulous.

Badellino has a carryover from the mid-century in the form of an antipasto cart: open dishes of various prepared starters: guinea fowl salad, raw local sausage, beef tartar, insalata russie, and a few others. They looked unappetizing at best and I was somewhat concerned about raw meat sitting out at room temperature. We passed.

The serving team consisted of one woman who was clearly in charge (owner?) and an elderly man who seemed to do her bidding. If there was English spoken they kept it a secret. I found this odd in a place that gets an international crowd.

We shared a passable pasta made with a ragu of the local sausage. My husband's main was roast guinea fowl, served with nothing and quite unexciting. (I had roast guinea fowl the night before at Boccondivino and it was excellent and served with a side.) My roast beef Barolo was a think slab of admittedly tender beef with a Barolo-based sauce, but again, slapped on a plate with nothing else it looked quite sad, like something from a church supper back in the midwest.

Wines by the glass were good, but we skipped dessert in favor of grappa. Prices are not bad, but for the same price you can do better.

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We have been traveling to Italy for 30 years and can honestly say this was the worst meal we have ever had- small portions, cold tasteless pasta, no vegetables other than fried potatoes, lamb steaks 1/8" thick with breadcrumbs!!!!!
We post on trip advisor when we have taken advice, so here's ours- don't bother!!

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

If you'd like to have an experience in food and tradition you must sit at one table of Badellino's.100 years of activity (in 2017)... it is a novel about the country food of Langhe and Roero in the past century.
Just sit and try and be surprised from the simple, well-cooked tipical dishes of this area.
No doibt that the Salciccia di Bra (a must-try, eat it raw), the Rabbit salad, the Peperoni with Anchoives (born from the exchanges along the Salt-Road from the seaside up to the Alps), the Insalata Russa.
Then jump in a Gnocchi al Castelmagno (a cheese tastier than Parmigiano with the shades of herbs from the mountains), or to a Tajarin with Sauce.
Meat is the main actor of your next choice, maybe too many choices.
Desserts are directly brought from the typical country recipees: peaches oven-cooked with amaretti, bunet, cinnamon flavoured pears in a red wine sauce.
Wines are terrific: here is the heaven of Northern Italian best production.
What else?

Thank paolobra
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

This traditional family- run restaurant is well worth a visit. Its located in Bra, in northwestern Piedmont.
The risotto was wonderful, well worth the 20 minute wait. And the cheese plate,showcasing some local cheeses,is a must try.
Reasonable prices and attentive service make this a good choice for lunch or dinner.

Thank Janet A
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We were with Italian friends that know very well the area.We had a wonderful lunch with really Piedmontese food .I am Italian myself and I know what is the local food like.I do recommend you the restaurant with a great selection of wines.If you wish to stay overnight the restaurant is in the Hotel good looking.
The owners are very kind and friendly people.

Thank Gilberto B
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