Last time I was in Turin for work I made a stop in Alba to visit Luca Montersino “Golosi di Salute” newly opened pastry shop. Afterwards I made a tour in the city center and a beautiful wine and candy shop got my full attention: Carosso.
I stepped inside and looked mesmerised to all the premium quality products they have: pasta, rice, wine, grappa and most of all the typical and world wide famous Nocciola Piemonte I.G.P. that has been awarded the protected geographical indication (PGI) on December 2, 1993.
It is a top-quality hazelnut and it is different from the other varieties: it contains about 70% of oil.
Available at Carosso natural, toasted, gently sugar coated hazelnuts. They are perfectly round shaped and the taste is really incredible.
Looking around literally like a child in a candy shop (!), I noticed one beautiful rose pale packaging that looked particularly attractive to me: the traditional hazelnuts cake by the brand Relanghe made by Michelin three starred chef Enrico Crippa from Piazza Duomo restaurant.
Besides I could read “flourless” meaning no gluten…!
I cannot tell you how happy I was to find out that I could actually eat it.
The Relanghe brand is specialed in the production of the “Tonda Gentile Trilobata” hazelnut variety that is grown on the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato hills, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites since 2014.
In 2014 Enrico Crippa developed for Relanghe a traditional local recipe and created the hazelnut cake of Alba using only top-quality ingredients and of course, the Nocciola Piemonte I.G.P.
Back home in Paris, I was more than happy to splurge in one of the best cakes of my life: in a mouthful you can feel all the flavour of some of the best toasted hazelnuts along with a delicate aroma of cocoa at the end.
It is definitely perfect for breakfast, dessert, an afternoon tea, any time, any hour, I just wish I could find it here to taste it more often.
If you are planning a visit to Alba any time soon, this is one product that I do recommend.