On wine barrels destined to become Barolo DOCG, while the juice of Nebbiolo grapes patiently ages, jealously guarded in the secret of the cellar, an inscription leaps to the eye of the reader: “Apt to Become Barolo``. The wine resting in the wood is preparing to transform itself into something memorable: one of the most famous and appreciated red wines in the world, the king of wines. And so is Pasquale Làera's cuisine: constantly evolving. The roots of his cuisine lie in the land where he was born, Puglia, but the completeness of his culinary proposal arrives in that Piedmont (Piemonte) that now is his home. Within the walls of Borgo Sant'Anna there’s the feeling that something important is happening: the simple ingredients, collected in the garden or purchased directly from the hands of the producers, become here part of a transformation process that will see them protagonists of some authentic culinary experiences. The chat with the village butcher, the gesture of the housewife in rolling out the tajarin, handed down from mother to daughter, the wisdom of the winemaker who scrutinizes the sky and knows how to read its time, the knowledge of the earth, its cycles and its products of the peasant: they are the acts and processes of a secular liturgy, as old as the Langhe, in which to tiptoe, asking for permission, to grasp its most authentic and hidden value, and then propose it on a plate that brings with it all the history of this territory. Crossed with what, in the world, is able to enhance the flavors and aromas of this cuisine. Which is, yes, ancient, but it’s not immutable. Like Nebbiolo for Barolo, this too is apt to become something bigger.
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