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“do not only enjoy the menu, ask to see the wine cellar”

La Rocca di Camagna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This restaurant is great for mid range Italian dining, either indoors, or if weather permits under the large patio outside (Make sure to bring your musquito repellant), you are in the middle of the risotto ricefields, so there are many of them.
There is no parking at the restaurant, so best is to park at the square next to the church, and then walk back to the restaurant.
The old building has very old wine cellars, of which some are on the UNESCO word heritage list. If you ask the owners, it is worth to see them.

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Thank wilco v
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

La Rocca is a must visit ristorante,and whenever I am in the monferrato,I make sure that I dine there.I have yet to taste a better risotto than that of La Rocca, and all their dishes are scrumptious and served in a pleasant atmosphere by Grazia, and also by the owners granddaughter. One can always have a friendly chat with the local diners, as well as the extremely friendly owners and serving staff.La Rocca is a must visit Ristorante

Thank HillDavid_13
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We ate at La Rocca three times during our stay in Conzano (next town). After 3 more weeks in Piemonte eating at a range of places, we still agreed this was one of the best. We found it totally by accident on the first day of our stay while we waited to be able to check in to our near by B&B. Their "menu turistica" was the best value we encountered anywhere and the service and attention to detail really made us feel totally spoiled.

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Thank anovel2015
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

How many times, meeting tourists and travellers, italians and foreigners we hear one of the most popular questions: "What are the traditional recipes in Monferrato, and where we can taste them?".

Invited by Mauro, chef and owner since 2013 of La Rocca Restaurant in the amazing small village of Camagna Monferrato, in via Matteotti 27, we are glad to finally get to know a great place to suggest to our visitors. Specialized in typical Monferrato food, the environment, the staff, the decorations, and even most of the customers are definitly local but the footprint is prepared to welcome any international guest.

Located in front of the Municipality with an amazing view of the valleys and the hills, we enter in a building characterized by vaulted ceilings, walls exposed and decorated as an ancient house that many years ago was a kindergarten.

Luisa, Mauro's wife, welcomes and invites us to visit the tavern with its typical tuff cellar "infernot", and the most recent one, with all kinds of wines, were we can see some bottles from 1915: 100 years old! In front of the stairs, on the wall, a quote from Oratius, in latin and italian, invites the "wine dreamer".

Outside we can have a look at the dehors, and the view above the roofs of Camagna with the Alps as background and finally we can begin our journey into a true local experience.



Caterina, Mauro and Luisa's daughter, is very kind, and step by step delights us with many surprises, first uncorking a 2008 Barbera del Monferrato Superior, "De Alessi" from Lu Monferrato.
His name "Mepari" sounds in the local dialect as "My father" and the written in the back of the bottle dedicates the respect of the son for the parent that with his wisdom taught him the love for his homeland.

The smell and the taste, strong and resolute, warm as the autumnal Monferrato's hills, has the right thickness to accompany the important plates that we are going to taste, and we start with the common habit of "Antipasti": many appetizers to tease the palate in a "crescendo".

The first plate is a communion of: "Insalata Russa" (a mixed vegetable salad entangled in mayonnaise); "Vitello Tonnato" (calf slices that melt on the mouth, with tuna sauce and chapers); "Muletta di Crea" (special salami from Crea Monferrato) and "Capunet" (chicken roulade semi sweet filled with cheese and bacon).

You could not believe but this is not the end (and in Monferrato this is the habit), so the second plate with appetizers comes: "Peperoni in Bagna Cauda" (grilled peppers covered by anchovies sauce) and an asparagus rounded by ham and bechamel.
In the meantime, crunchy and fragrant bread-sticks married with every morsel and the wine increases every taste.


Finally we can start and the "first" course arrives: "Agnolotti ai tre arrosti". You can see them, every piece of "pasta" different from the other one, as unmistakable sign of handmade and genuineness, filled with three different kind of roasted meat: rabbit, pork and calf. Unbelievable.

The "main" course is something unimaginable. Weird and delicious at the same time, it is necessary to be tried by any gourmet. Piedmont "Fritto Misto" (mixed fried) comes from the ancient popular tradition. At that time, to waste as less as possible any kind of offal (liver, kidney, brains, veal sweetbread, sausage, etc...) was mixed together and fried with amaretti, sweet semolina, apples...

The capacity of our stomachs is almost over but the dessert arrives and we cannot miss it: "Bavarese" (chocolate and vanilla pudding) and hazelnuts cake. Of course, the nuts are from Piedmont!
To digest lastly: a short, strong Italian coffee, Limoncello, Mandarinello (as limoncello, but made from tangerines) and small sugar cubes under spirit with many different flavours: violet, liquorice, coffee...

Every ingredient is local, and everything is home-made by the chef Mauro assisted by his mother. At the service his wife and the two daughters. All by the same family, and this is what stays in the mind and the belly after this wonderful experience: feeling of home and hearty food. It was as going for lunch to Mama: "Mama Monferrato!".

Unfortunately, the choice for vegetarians is very small, and for vegan almost nonexistent, but Mama is like this and her traditions cannot be modified!

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2  Thank Cristhian D
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

After finding the location, which is not too easy, you have to overcome the last obstacle - the locked door. You ring the bell and receive a warm welcome. The choice in the menu is not too big, but it offers a good variety of local specialities. The quality of the food is excellent and the wine and Grappa are from local producers. In summer you can also sit on the terrace.

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Thank mbaum10
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