We ate here as part of a group dinner on a small custom bike tour of Piedmont and the restaurant was selected by our guide who is a native of the Piedmont and knows the area well. The restaurant itself was an easy walk from our hotel in the center of town -- 5 minutes perhaps -- but La Loggia is not something you would just come across -- but it is worth finding. It located in a historic building on a small cobbled side street. You enter through a large wooden door into a lovely courtyard filled with plants. It was a rainy night in October, so we ate inside, but in the good weather the courtyard would be a lovely romantic spot for dinner. But the restaurant itself is lovely as well -- a series of rooms so each space feels intimate. The main dining area is really two spaces with one area up a couple of stairs, but open to the room below. The upper area has the original dark wooden beams in the ceiling.
The food is very much a family affair, with the restaurant owner's mother doing some of the cooking. The food is not fancy, but it was fresh and homemade. We started with a zucchini flan with taleggio cheese, then had gnocchi which was house made by the mother. It was light and actually tasted of potato. This was served with a creamy pesto sauce. But the "creaminess" was not from cream. The creamy effect is from thinning the pesto slightly with the starchy water from the pasta. This is the first time in the Piedmont that we'd had pesto, as we were now closer to Liguria, where Genoa is located, and which is the original home of pesto. In any case, the gnocchi with pesto was delicious and was a very ample serving. This was followed by chicken cacciatore which had a nicely browned skin and was sauted with peppers and onions. The chicken was nothing out of the ordinary, but felt like a nice meal in a friend's home. Dessert was a Nouget semi-freddo which was basically a layer cake with ice cream. I feel like this is the kind of place that you really can't go wrong. We had a set menu, but I think it was reflective of the over all style -- good, homemade food served with attention to detail in a lovely setting.
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