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The traditional peasant breakfast

We resume one of our articles from quite a while back, which we would like to propose you once again with the new safe hospitality rules: “Here at Cascina La Commenda we like to step back in time, especially at breakfast time. Each time we prepare breakfast, we think of how our grandfather would have made it, with simple but nourishing ingredients. But what was the traditional peasant breakfast like? A brief introduction: until a few decades ago, peasants actually used to have two breakfasts. The first was light and early in the morning: a coffee and then off to milk the cows or work in […]

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Cuneesi al rhum

Cuneo is the city of chocolate. The most known chocolate from Piemonte after Giandujotto is the Cuneese al Rhum: soft chocolate and rhum cream between two layers of meringue, then everything is covered by a layer of dark chocolate. Cuneesi were born by chance: according to the legend, at the beginning of the XX Century, a pastry chef in the village of Dronero prepared a dessert made with chocolate and rum cream. The cream was so much so he used it to fill some meringues. After some hours, meringues were completely soaked in rhum, so he covered it all with […]

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Bollito misto

Bollito Misto is a typical Piedmontese stew consisting of various cuts of beef, simmered with herbs and vegetables, and served with sauces and vegetables. It is perfect with a glass of Barbera. The quality of the ingredients and the preparation are essential. The cuts exclusively come from Piedmontese cattle, which is known for its fine meat used also in other local dishes such as vitello tonnato (sliced veal with a soft tuna sauce), raw meat typical from Alba, beef braised in Barolo. The quality of Piedmontese cattle is well known and it is protected. The highlight is the Bue Grasso festival in Carrù, […]

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Bagna Cauda

Bagna Cauda? is the very first dish that comes to our mind as we think about the traditional Piedmontese cuisine. Precisely, bagna cauda was born among the vineyards in Langhe, Roero, Monferrato and around Asti as a reward for harvest workers, so it is perfect for the cold season. It is a hot sauce? made with olive oil, anchovies, garlic, butter and milk,? where you dip seasonal vegetables? such as peppers, bitter herbs, cardoon, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes. Since cauda means hot, bagna cauda must be kept hot. Usually it is served in the fojòt, a special double bowl: a candle […]

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Our philosophy in the kitchen

Genuine and authentic are the keywords of our philosophy both in the garden and in the kitchen. Our guests will enjoy a homemade breakfast and, on reservation, dinner, prepared just like our grandfather would have done. Genuine ingredients: we deeply respect biodiversity, indigenous varieties and the cycle of seasons. We choose to grow indigenous crops, which are lush and don’t need chemicals, which makes their produce healthy and tasty. We use simple ingredients for our meals: potatoes, vegetables, chestnuts, indigenous fruits such as quinces, Martin sec pears, ramasin plums, orange berries. Cereals such as rye, wheat and corn are unrefined and […]

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A day at the seaside: Liguria behind the corner

Cascina La Commenda offers a wide view on the Alps. But what hides behind? Let’s go towards South-East, let’s cross the Ligurian Alps and we’ll reach the seaside. Relax also means a day on the beautiful Ligurian beaches, a trip in lovely fishermen villages such as Noli, Borgio Verezzi or Finalborgo, with their colorful facades, narrow alleys and small harbors looking far away. Those who like sports, may borrow a bike and ride along the coast, or have a walk on the inland hills, through hamlets, olive trees and the scent of the Mediterranean forest. By clear weather, you will see much of […]

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Cuneo swimming pool

Cuneo swimming pool is located in the Parco Fluviale Gesso e Stura, a green area including the two rivers flowing in Cuneo, and it takes just ten minutes by car to reach it. The swimming pool has been recently refurbished and it now has an indoor olympionic pool, an outdoor pool, a garden and a children pool, and a café. Guests who spend at least three nights at Cascina La Commenda get a free entrance.

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Spas

Cascina La Commenda has a special wellness room for its guests, but we will also give you some tips about the best spas and wellness centres in the surroundings. Spas are located in mountain areas, which is perfect for relaxing after a hike or a day on the snow, or if you want to spend a day surrounded by beautiful mountains. Vinadio, Valdieri, Lurisia and Garessio spas provide massages, medical and beauty treatments. They are all close to us. Our guests will have a 25% discount on basic treatments at the Lurisia spa and 10% discount on massages and treatments.

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Alba: city of towers, truffle and wine

Alba is famous all over the world for wine and truffles, and it is nowadays considered as the gastronomic capital of Langhe. Autumn is the busiest period in the year: grape harvesting for wine production and the International White Truffle festival, that turns Langhe products into celebrities every year in October and November since 1929. Nowadays the festival is home for gourmands and experts from all over the world. Beside the market, many workshops, tastings, conferences, events and historical reenactments take place. The historical centre turns back into a Middle Age city, with games, traditions and jobs, but also important ceremonies such as […]

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5 ideas for a day-trip in Turin

Turin has been the very first capital of Italy in the XIX Century and home to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. You will feel their presence in the atmosphere and in the elegant architecture. You can reach Turin in just one hour from Cascina La Commenda, by car or by train. There we go with 5 ideas for a day-trip in Turin: Walk through the 18 km of arcades, built to allow the Royal family to have a walk in all weather. Nowadays the arcades give the city centre a charming touch, and turn every walk into a pleasure. If […]

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3 facts about Cuneo

Cuneo is the main town near Cascina La Commenda and is located at just few minutes ride from here. Before you visit Cuneo, enjoy 3 curious facts about its name, history and typical products. There we go: Where does the name Cuneo come from? Cuneo is the name of our town but also a word in the Italian dictionary meaning wedge. Cuneo has been built on a plateau that has the shape of long triangle, more precisely a wedge. The plateau is shaped by two rivers (Gesso and Stura) that meet at the summit of the triangle. Cuneo and the Resistance. In […]

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Cycling

Cyclists will find many roads and paths to enjoy plain, hill and mountain landscapes. Starting from Cascina La Commenda and Peveragno, many country roads will lead you from one farm to another, and the more you climb up to the Bisalta slopes, the more dirt tracks you will find. What about a ride on the hills? Langhe and Roero are perfect then! You will find colorful vineyards, peaks and troughs roads, breathtaking views on the Unesco landscapes: many good reasons for a bike ride. Not to mention restaurants and wine cellars in every village, so why not making a gourmand stop? Those […]

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