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via Vittorio Emanuele II, Alba

October 30, 2007

Our favorite shopping street anywhere is the via Vittorio Emanuele II which cuts through the center of old Alba. Its history and charming relaxed ambience combined with outstanding merchandise, particularly in food and wine, are unique. Linda and I went back to it again on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

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We were there at the height of the white truffle season, but the heavily promoted truffle fair and market is only on Saturdays, when a big courtyard just off the street is full of stands, entertainment and tourists.

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After an hour and a half of browsing and buying, we put our filled shopping bags in our car and met for aperitivo at the Vincafé, halfway down the via Vittorio Emanuele II. As a light rain was just starting, the tables outside were not in use. The house white wine is the Vietti Arneis, from the Roero just north of Alba. It is served with little open-faced sandwiches.

 

Some photos along the street:

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There were truffles, of course, some of them huge.

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There were beautiful, big fresh porcini and bags of top quality dried ones.

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