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    by Mikebond Written Sep 16, 2012

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    Via Italia will be your first stop if you follow the itinerary suggested by the guide on PDA you can borrow at the Tourist office.
    It's a pleasant pedestrian street with some interesting buildings and a few shops.

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    by PALLINA Written Dec 19, 2007

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    RICETTO DI CANDELO (in Biella Province) is one of the most amazing places visited in 2007. If you consider I was in the Biella provice just for work, it has been a really great experience for which I should thank a very nice CPA (certified public accountant=tax advisor) coming from Varese.
    Ricetto is a fortification built to defend local population, it was not used by local princes to oppress people. The first document speaking of Ricetto dated back mid 1300.
    Ricetto means “shelter”: a place for the poor goods and chattels of the local families, for their corn, for the barrels of their light wine, a little sour, but tasty. The strength of the local population, friendly, at the same time determined and independent, is here witihin these battlemented walls, with the lanes grid formed, where the one floor small houses are one next to the other as if they want to pluck up courage or more simply to keep company one another.
    You will feel like in Middle Ages, the street are made of rounded stones (forget to utilized high heels) and everything, in the external walls, is original. Nobody is permitted to live there nowadays. But it's just a lucky experience to have the opportunity to visit it.

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    by Janina_B. Written Aug 21, 2004

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    A Romanesque bell tower, the only remaining part of the S. Stefano Church, little more than 50 meters high, it is decorated in terracotta with filled in arches. It is surmounted by a high pyramid-shaped spire and four pinnacles.

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    by PALLINA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "Il Saraceno" by Giovanni was a fantastic surprice for an evening business dinner. But it will be even nicer if you go for your own. Giovanni is a nice guy from Sicily: it is important to say that because in Piemonte everybody who is not coming from Piemonte is looked with suspect. Sorry to say that, but I feel very uncomfortable in a lot of places. So, Giovanni, in order to run this successfully restaurant (rewarded in Michelin guide) had to work hard. But, unless for the unpersonal ambience (with 40-45 places) the cuisine is terrific, Giovanni's suggestions are the best and the seafood look marvellous fresch and tasty. As dessert we orderd Cassata alla siciliana. It was simply fantastic.
    It is strongly raccomended to book.
    They close on Monday.
    All credit cards accepted

    Favorite Dish: Seafood in general

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    by PALLINA Updated Dec 19, 2007

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    I went there because it was rewarded by a culinary book. I think it was the first time that such gourmet book failed. This 35/40 places restaurant is run in a traditional way (they even don't accept credit cards) but, in this case, it is not a positive thing. First of all you have to wait A LOT to be seated, to have a list, to give your order, to get your food and finally, to have the bill. Secondly, they were totally unfriendly with me, perhaps because I am not from Piemonte region (I was told that people there is not so open to non-piemontese people), althought I was alone (and everybody know it is not so nice to go to the restaurant alone). Moreover, the starter was nothing special and the main course, the "brasato con polenta" (very typical dish there) was really bad. the meat was hard to chew and the corn soup (= polenta) was almost burnt! I spoiled everything because I went to the hotel and dined in the hotel restaurant!!!!
    They close on Sat. and Sun. Go there if you have really no other choice.

    Favorite Dish: Nothing I ordered was good.

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    by PALLINA Written Dec 19, 2007

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    If you are in Ricetto, you are very lucky. It's unknown out of Piemonte region but it really worths a visit. If you can afford it, do not miss LA TAVERNA DEL RICETTO. It's very expensive but ist cousine, the ambience and the service worth the price.

    The locals are nearby a very old cinema but they were completely refurbished in 2005. The results are exceptional from every point of view. The restaurant is intimate and warm but can be suitable also for grops of 30-40 people, the terrace is terrific like the room with the cheminee. They also orgnize meeting because they have a very large underground meeting room. The cellar is adequate to the levels of wine of Piemonte.

    The cuisine is traditional piemontese with some sort of new arrangements. Complimentary appetizers and cakes are also included.

    Favorite Dish: I write down what I have ordered (with great satisfaction):

    Rabbit slice (rabbit meat cooked with steam, served rare cooked. it looked like a slice of fresch thunafish)
    Risotto

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