A Cold Afternoon in Ormea, Piemonte

It was freezing cold when I was on my way to Liguria from Turin. I was traveling with my friends and even though we had breakfast, we felt hungry as soon as we reached Ormea.

A town on the Southern side of Piemonte, Ormea is close to the sea and in between the mountains. It is also exceptionally small but charming and antique. Ormea is quite dead in the Winter like any other village so everything was closed except Ristorante Italia. It was a blessing to stop there because that was the only restaurant open in a 20 km radius! I was famished and I swear could have eaten over cooked pasta 😉

Ristorante Italia had such a typical Italian vibe- full of locals and travelers stopping in from Liguria and Piemonte. It was also a wonderful stop for eating Piemontese delicacies such as Bonet (typical chocolate cake), Cugna (a sort of jam made with fruits, hazelnuts and walnuts) and Carpione (a type of vinegar and wine mixture from Piemonte and Lombardia). The food was mind blowing and the service fantastically Italian 😉 The Bonet was probably my favorite and made me left wanting more.

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A Cold Afternoon in Ormea, Piemonte

A Cold Afternoon in Ormea, Piemonte

After the heavy lunch, my friends and I took a walk along Ormea and realized there was really no one around even then! It was a very dull winter afternoon but I am happy I had one of the best lunches in Piemonte.

Ristorante Italia also has a Hotel by the same name and offers modern services like any other hotel. It would be amazing to stay here for a few days and explore the mountains of Piemonte.

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A Cold Afternoon in Ormea, Piemonte

A Cold Afternoon in Ormea, Piemonte

Anyhow, after a fulfilling lunch, I reached my friend’s home in San Bartolomeo al mare just in time to see a beautiful sunset.


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10 thoughts on “A Cold Afternoon in Ormea, Piemonte

  1. Carpione per se does not mean much. It is a marinade. I’m curious to know what you ate “in carpione”.

    Nice blog, 😉 cheers,

  2. My favorite – between the sea & mountains! I am curious to try Bonet…you know I’m a fanatic for anything chocolate! I am also curious…where does everyone go in the winter?? Are they just all indoors?? Or just a small population?

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