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Asti’s Festival of Festivals 2023

The Festival delle Sagre is gearing up for its return to the heart of the city, at Piazza Campo del Palio on September 9th and 10th. However, as the anticipated dates draw near, there’s still uncertainty surrounding the final count of participating Pro Loco. While 35 Pro Loco organizations initially expressed interest, only 26 have officially confirmed their participation to the municipality. There is still a lingering doubt (or hope) that more might join. The count, nevertheless, remains short of the numbers seen in pre-Covid times.

This year will see a major shift in wine distribution. Responsibility for this task has been transferred from the Pro Loco organizations to the Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA). The CIA is expected to establish multiple points of dispensation throughout the gastronomic village. This change, it seems, has been made to offer visitors a wider variety of wine and dish pairings.

Asti’s Festival of Festivals 2023 Date: 9th-10th September

With the event’s draw of thousands of visitors, certain adjustments must be made to local infrastructure, notably the temporary relocation of the bi-weekly market which normally occupies the same area. The relocation plan takes into account several needs, including avoiding overlaps between market activities and the food and wine stands of the Festival. The temporary market shift will follow the modalities agreed upon with Category Associations and operator representatives back in 2004.

On September 9th, street vendors will be moved to specific areas of Piazza Campo del Palio. These areas include Corso Einaudi, the tree-lined avenue of Piazza Campo del Palio, the western area of the Piazza, and all areas outside the perimeter of the Festival delle Sagre Village.

Location: Piazza Campo del Palio

To ensure hygiene and safety of perishable food items, these vendors will be located along the tree-lined avenue of Piazza Campo del Palio, which allows easy connection to the existing electrical system in the area.

Vendors in the nursery – firewood sector will find space along the tree-lined avenue side of Corso Ferraris, enabling them to continue their activities during the event.

An additional provision anticipates the closure of market sales activities at 6:30 pm, with the clearing of the market area by 7:00 pm. However, food vendors, flowers, and fruit and vegetable stalls are required to clear their stalls by no later than 2:00 pm. This is to facilitate the cleaning of the area and ease the placement of Festival structures.

3 Types of Menu: our choice, vegetarian and vegan

During the Festival of Festivals 2023 in Asti, attendees will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an unparalleled gastronomic experience, delving deep into the best of Piedmont’s culinary traditions. We’ve curated two distinct menus: one traditional and another for vegetarians and vegans. The traditional menu highlights dishes such as Salame d’asino di Calliano (Calliano’s donkey salami) and Tajarin con salsiccia di Antignano (Tajarin pasta with Antignano sausage), while the vegetarian and vegan menu features delights like Toast di pane (Bruschetta) with pomodoro e uva di Grazzano Badoglio (Grazzano Badoglio tomatoes and grapes) and Tagliatelle ai funghi porcini di Villafranca (Tagliatelle with Villafranca’s porcini mushrooms).


  • Traditional Menu: €13,5 per person. This price reflects the use of high-quality ingredients such as truffles and veal meat, as well as elaborate cooking techniques.
  • Vegetarian Menu: €50 per person. Although devoid of meat, this menu doesn’t compromise on quality and variety, delivering skillfully prepared dishes.
  • Vegan Menu: €48 per person. This menu has been thoughtfully crafted to provide a full range of flavors and textures while strictly adhering to vegan guidelines.

If you’re in search of an authentic culinary experience that captures the essence of Piedmont, these menus are the perfect choice. Bon appétit!

Our choice: Traditional Menu

The Traditional Menu we recommend encapsulates the rich culinary heritage of the Asti region, balancing robust flavors with delicate textures. Beginning with the Salame d’asino di Calliano, a true testament to Calliano’s mastery in cured meats, you’re introduced to an authentic taste that’s both unique and invigorating. This is seamlessly paired with Tajarin con salsiccia di Antignano, where handmade pasta meets a generously flavorful sausage sauce, a dish that vividly captures the essence of Antignano.

The main course shifts towards a harmonious blend of beef and peppers in the Peppers with Bagna Cauda from Tonco, ensuring a no-spice yet rich experience. This delicacy makes way for a sweet conclusion with the Peaches in Malvasia from Cortazzone, where the creaminess meets the freshness of raspberries, completing a meal that not only satisfies the palate but also tells a story of Asti’s gastronomic journey. This menu, priced reasonably, is a homage to traditions, techniques, and local ingredients, offering an experience that resonates with both locals and visitors.

Dish Description Cost (€)
Salame d’asino di Calliano (Calliano’s donkey salami) An authentic cured meat from Calliano, offering a unique and robust flavor. 2.5
Tajarin con salsiccia di Antignano (Tajarin pasta with Antignano sausage) Handmade thin pasta served with a rich sausage sauce from Antignano. 4.5
Peppers with Bagna Cauda: Tonco – (no spicy) Tender beef braised in Barolo wine, complemented by perfectly roasted potatoes. 4
Peaches in Malvasia: Cortazzone A creamy dessert topped with fresh raspberries from Cortazzone. 2.5

Vegetarian Menu:

Paese Dish Description Cost (€)
Casabianca Fried Polenta & Gorgonzola A classic starter. 3.50
Mongardino Risotto in Barbera d’Asti Creamy rice dish made with the renowned Barbera d’Asti wine. 4.00
Villafranca Porcini Mushroom Tagliatelle Handmade pasta served with porcini mushrooms. 4.50
Montiglio Monferrato Hazelnut Cake A moist cake made from locally sourced hazelnuts. 2.50
Totale per persona 14.50

Vegan Menu

For our vegetarian guests, we present a menu that celebrates Asti’s vegetarian delicacies without compromising on the region’s rich culinary tradition. Commencing your gastronomic journey is the Fried Polenta & Gorgonzola from Casabianca, a classic starter that combines the earthiness of polenta with the creamy piquancy of gorgonzola – a true ode to the Italian love for contrasts.

Next, dive into the heart of Asti’s winemaking tradition with the Risotto in Barbera d’Asti from Mongardino. The creamy rice dish, infused with the intense flavor of the renowned Barbera d’Asti wine, not only pleases the palate but also offers a taste of Asti’s viticulture. Following this, the Porcini Mushroom Tagliatelle from Villafranca ensures a rustic, earthy delight, with handmade pasta capturing the essence of fresh porcini mushrooms. Culminating this vegetarian expedition is the Hazelnut Cake from Montiglio Monferrato, a moist delicacy that harnesses locally sourced hazelnuts to provide a sweet, nutty finish. Priced at a total of €14.50 per person, this Vegetarian Menu is a curated selection that mirrors Asti’s dedication to crafting dishes that resonate with vegetarians while echoing the authenticity of the region.

Our Choice: Vegan Menu

For those seeking a fully plant-based culinary experience, our vegan menu encapsulates the flavors of Asti’s regional specialties. Your taste adventure begins with the Grape & Garlic Soma from Grazzano Badoglio. This unique dish offers a fusion of sweet grapes with the aromatic punch of garlic, providing a delightful surprise for the taste buds.

Moving forward, the Truffle Risotto from Montechiaro beckons. A rich, creamy rice dish, it’s perfumed with the luxurious aroma and taste of truffles, which are cherished for their deep, earthy flavors and are considered a true delicacy in Italian cuisine. The spice quotient elevates with the Peppers with Bagna Cauda from Tonco. This spicy dish captivates with its flavorsome peppers, making it a must-try for those who love a bit of heat in their food.

Finally, the sweet conclusion is provided by the Chocolate & Hazelnut Roll from Quarto d’Asti. This vegan-friendly dessert combines the decadence of chocolate with the nutty goodness of hazelnuts, ensuring a memorable end to your meal. The Vegan Menu comes to a total cost of €15.30 per person. Through this menu, we aim to showcase that vegan cuisine can be just as rich, flavorful, and deeply rooted in the regional traditions of Asti.

Paese Dish Description Cost (€)
Grazzano Badoglio Grape & Garlic Soma A unique dish. 2.80
Montechiaro Truffle Risotto A creamy rice dish with the rich aroma and taste of truffles. 6.00
Tonco Peppers with Bagna Cauda A spicy dish made with peppers. 4.00
Quarto d’Asti Chocolate & Hazelnut Roll A vegan-friendly dessert. 2.50
Totale per persona 15.30

Menu Asti’s Festival of Festivals 2023 9th and 10th of September

Town Antipasto (Starter) Primo (Main Course) Secondo (Second Course) Dolce (Dessert)
Antignano 🌽 Tajarin with Sausage (Tajarin & Salsiccia) 🍒 Cherry Tart (Torta di Ciliegie)
Azzano 🍄 Mushroom Risotto (Risotto ai Funghi)
Calliano 🥓 Donkey Salami (Salame d’asino) 🥟 Donkey Ravioli (Ravioli di Asino)
Cantarana 🥩 Veal & Tuna (Vitello Tonnato) 🍑 Peaches (Pesche)
Casabianca 🌽 Fried Polenta & Gorgonzola 🍖 Sweet Salami (Salame Dolce)
Castellero 🍪 Hazelnut Cookies & Hazelnut Crunchies
Cortazzone 🍝 Egg Tagliatelle with Truffle 🍷 Peaches in Malvasia
Costigliole 🥟 Ravioli “plin” 🍫 Chocolate Bunet
Cunico 🥔 Potato Gnocchi (Gnocchi di Patate)
Grazzano Badoglio 🍇 Grape & Garlic Soma 🍞 Toasted Bread with Tomato & Grape (Bruschetta)
Mombercelli 🍞 Salty Pancake with Lard
Monastero Bormida 🍞 “Puccia” Bread 🧀 Cheese & Mustard with Moscato Grape
Mongardino 🍷 Risotto in Barbera d’Asti 🍪 Sweet “Mun” Brick
Montechiaro 🍚 Truffle Risotto 🍰 Sweet Cream Pastry
Montiglio Monferrato 🍳 Fried Eggs with Truffle & Polenta 🍰 Hazelnut Cake
Quarto d’Asti 🍝 Tagliatelle with Sausage & Pepper Sauce 🍫 Chocolate & Hazelnut Roll
Revignano 🍷 Moscato d’Asti Zabaglione & 🍫 Grandma’s Bunet
Santa Caterina di R. 🍝 Meat Sauce Agnolotti 🍮 Old Casa Savoia Pudding
San Damiano 🍖 Sausage in Barbera d’Asti Wine 🍰 Apple Pie
San Marzanotto 🍞 Farmer’s Toast with B. & Anchovies 🍞 Spiced Lard on Bread
Sessant 🥩 Raw Astigiana Beef 🍞 Traditional Sweet Bread Cake
Tonco 🍗 Turkey Carpionata with Zucchini 🌶️ Peppers with Bagna Cauda
Valenzani 🍖 Donkey Stew with Polenta in Ruchè Wine 🍖 Pork Salami with Ruchè
Variglie 🍞 “Pan Marià” (Fried E-S Bread) 🍚 Small Rice Fritters
Viarigi 🍝 Agnolotti with Roast Sauce
Villafranca 🍝 Porcini Mushroom Tagliatelle 🍫 Chocolate Bunet


🌽 Tajarin & Sausage: €4.50 – Tajarin is a traditional Italian pasta, thinner than regular tagliatelle and often made with corn flour. Served with a rich sausage sauce, this dish offers a combination of textures and savory flavors. Perfect for pasta lovers seeking a hearty meal.

🍒 Tart: €2.50 – A delightful dessert consisting of a buttery pastry crust filled with a sweet cherry jam. The tartness of the cherries pairs perfectly with the flaky crust, providing a satisfying end to a meal.


🍄 Risotto: €5 – This creamy rice dish cooked with broth until it reaches a smooth consistency is a staple in Italian cuisine. The addition of mushrooms adds earthiness and depth, enhancing the flavor profile and making it a comforting choice for those who enjoy rich and textured dishes.


🥟 Donkey Ravioli: €7 – A special variation of ravioli, these pasta pockets are filled with tender donkey meat that has been seasoned and cooked to perfection. A dish that may be unusual to some, but is appreciated for its unique flavor and texture.

🥓 Donkey Salami: €2.50 – A cured meat product made from donkey, this salami offers a distinctive taste that’s both rich and satisfying. Thinly sliced, it can be enjoyed on its own or as part of an antipasto platter.


🥩 Veal & Tuna: €4.50 – A curious pairing of thinly sliced veal with a creamy tuna sauce, this dish brings together land and sea. The mildness of the veal is complemented by the robust flavor of the tuna sauce, creating an elegant and flavorful experience.

🍑 Peaches: €2.80 – These oven-baked peaches are a delectable dessert that’s both sweet and fragrant. Often served warm, the soft and juicy texture of the peaches is accentuated by the baking process, making for a delightful treat that’s not overly heavy.


🌽 Fried Polenta & Gorgonzola: €3.50 – Polenta, a dish made from cornmeal, is fried to crispy perfection and served with rich Gorgonzola cheese. The combination of the crunchy texture of the polenta with the creamy, pungent Gorgonzola makes for an appetizing starter or side dish.
🍖 Sweet Salami: €2.50 – A deceptive name for a dessert that resembles salami in appearance but is made with sweet ingredients like chocolate and nuts. A fun and tasty treat that’s sure to surprise and delight.


🍪 Hazelnut Cookies: €2.50 – These cookies are loaded with the rich taste of hazelnuts, providing a satisfying crunch with every bite. Perfect for enjoying with coffee or tea, they’re a simple yet delicious way to indulge your sweet tooth.
🥜 Hazelnut Crunchies: €2.50 – Similar to brittle, these crunchies are made primarily of hazelnuts and sugar, offering a sweet and nutty treat. Enjoy them as a snack or crumble them over desserts for added texture and flavor.


🍝 Egg Tagliatelle with Truffle: €6 – Silky ribbons of egg pasta are paired with the luxurious flavor of truffles in this dish. The fragrant and earthy notes of the truffle elevate the pasta, creating a decadent and satisfying entrée that’s sure to impress.
🍷 Peaches in Malvasia: €2.50 – Peaches soaked in Malvasia wine offer a dessert that’s both sweet and spirited. The fruit’s natural juiciness is enhanced by the wine, and the combination of flavors provides a refreshing and elegant end to a meal.


🥟 Ravioli “plin”: €6 – “Plin” is a Piedmontese word for ‘pinch’, which refers to how the pasta is sealed. These small ravioli, often filled with a meat mixture, are a delightful representation of local cuisine, boasting a delicate pasta exterior and a savory interior.

🍫 Chocolate Bunet: €2.50 – Bunet is a traditional Piedmontese dessert made from cocoa, amaretti cookies, and caramel. This pudding-like treat offers a dense, rich flavor, making it a favorite for chocolate lovers.


🥔 Potato Gnocchi: €4.50

Soft, pillowy dumplings made from potatoes and flour, these gnocchi are typically served with a variety of sauces. They provide a hearty base that absorbs flavors well, making for a satisfying and comforting dish.

Grazzano Badoglio

🍇 Grape & Garlic Soma: €2.80 – An intriguing blend of sweet grapes and aromatic garlic, this dish is a testament to the creativity of Italian cuisine. It offers a unique flavor profile where sweetness meets pungency.

🍞 Toasted Bread with Tomato & Grape: €2.80 – A refreshing bruschetta-like appetizer, combining the juiciness of tomatoes and grapes on crispy toasted bread. The combination offers a delightful play on sweet and savory.


🍞 Salty Pancake with Lard: €4 – A savory pancake enriched with lard, providing a crispy texture and a rich flavor profile. This dish is a testament to traditional flavors, ideal for those looking for hearty comfort food.

Monastero Bormida

🍞 “Puccia” Bread: €4.50 – “Puccia” is a type of bread with a crispy crust and soft interior. Often enjoyed with a variety of toppings or just by itself, it’s a staple that showcases the simplicity and deliciousness of Italian bread.

🧀 Cheese & Mustard with Moscato Grape: €3 – A platter that pairs local cheeses with sweet Moscato grapes and tangy mustard, creating a delightful balance of flavors that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or snack.


🍷 Risotto in Barbera d’Asti: €4 – A rich and creamy risotto, cooked slowly with Barbera d’Asti wine which imparts a deep, robust flavor to the dish. The wine’s characteristics shine through, making this a treat for both risotto and wine enthusiasts.

🍪 Sweet “Mun” Brick: €2.50 – A dessert that’s dense and sweet, reminiscent of certain traditional confections, perfect for those looking for a rich end to their meal.


🍚 Truffle Risotto: €6 – A luxurious dish where creamy risotto meets the earthy, aromatic flavors of truffle. This delicacy is a treat for the senses and is sure to be a hit with fans of gourmet Italian cuisine.

🍰 Sweet Cream Pastry: €2.50 – A delicate pastry filled with a luscious sweet cream, offering a delightful contrast between the crispness of the pastry and the softness of the filling.

Montiglio Monferrato

🍳 Fried Eggs with Truffle & Polenta: €6.50 – A hearty dish where the richness of fried eggs is elevated by the inclusion of truffles, all served atop a bed of warm polenta. A comforting choice that showcases the region’s affinity for truffles.

🍰 Hazelnut Cake: €2.50 – A moist cake infused with the nutty goodness of hazelnuts, making it a delightful treat that’s both rich and aromatic.

Quarto d’Asti

🍝 Tagliatelle with Sausage & Pepper Sauce: €4.50 – Tagliatelle, broad flat pasta, pairs with a hearty sausage and pepper sauce. The robust flavors of the sausage complement the bite of the pepper, offering a true taste of Italian countryside cooking.

🍫 Chocolate & Hazelnut Roll: €2.50 – A delightful dessert roll where the richness of chocolate meets the nutty undertones of hazelnuts. This sweet treat is a testament to the region’s love for these two ingredients.


🍷 Moscato d’Asti Zabaglione: €2.80 – Zabaglione, a classic Italian custard, is enriched here with Moscato d’Asti, a sparkling white wine. The result is a creamy dessert with effervescent notes, perfect for a light and luxurious end to a meal.

🍫 Grandma’s Bunet: €2.50 – Another variation of the Bunet, this dessert is inspired by traditional recipes passed down through generations. Combining cocoa, amaretti, and caramel, it’s a nostalgic nod to classic Piedmontese flavors.

Santa Caterina di Rocca d’Arazzo

🍝 Meat Sauce Agnolotti: €6 – Agnolotti are small, pillow-like pasta pockets, often filled with a savory meat mixture. Served with a rich meat sauce, this dish is a hearty representation of the region’s culinary heritage.

🍮 Old Casa Savoia Pudding: €2.50 – A dessert that dates back to the House of Savoy, it offers a blend of flavors that are both regal and comforting. It’s a sweet journey back in time to Italy’s royal past.

San Damiano

🍖 Sausage in Barbera d’Asti Wine: €5.50 – Sausages slow-cooked in Barbera d’Asti wine, allowing the meat to absorb the wine’s rich flavor, creating a dish that’s both hearty and aromatic.

🍰 Apple Pie: €2.50 – A classic dessert, this apple pie offers layers of tender apple slices enveloped in a flaky crust, with subtle spices that highlight the fruit’s natural sweetness.

San Marzanotto

🍞 Farmer’s Toast with Bagnet & Anchovies: €3.50 – A rustic appetizer that pairs the saltiness of anchovies with bagnet, a type of green sauce, atop toasted bread. The combination results in a burst of flavors – tangy, salty, and crunchy.

🍞 Spiced Lard on Bread: €2.50 – Lard seasoned with spices spread on crusty bread offers a rich and flavorful bite. This traditional treat is perfect for those who appreciate the simpler, yet profound tastes of the past.


🥩 Raw Astigiana Beef: €5 – Thin slices of raw beef, similar to carpaccio, from the Astigiana cattle breed. Known for its tenderness and flavor, this dish is a celebration of pure, unadulterated meat, often seasoned simply to let the beef shine.

🍞 Traditional Sweet Bread Cake: €2.50 – A dessert bread that’s lightly sweetened, making it a versatile treat that can be enjoyed with a variety of accompaniments or simply savored on its own.


🍗 Turkey Carpionata with Zucchini: €5.50 – Carpionata refers to a preparation method involving marinating and then cooking. Here, tender turkey pieces are paired with zucchini, creating a light yet flavorful dish.

🌶️ Peppers with Bagna Cauda: €4 – Bagna Cauda is a warm dip made of garlic, anchovies, and olive oil. Paired with roasted peppers, this dish is a flavor-packed experience, bringing together the smoky, tangy, and savory.


🍖 Donkey Stew with Polenta in Ruchè Wine: €7 – A robust stew made from tender donkey meat, slow-cooked in the fragrant Ruchè wine. Served with polenta, a cornmeal porridge, this dish is a hearty representation of traditional Piedmontese cuisine.

🍖 Pork Salami with Ruchè: €2.50 – This is not your ordinary salami. Enhanced with the flavors of Ruchè wine, this pork salami offers a unique taste – a fusion of cured meat with the aromatic notes of local wine.


🍞 “Pan Marià” (Fried Egg-soaked Stale Bread): €2.80 – A clever utilization of stale bread, soaked in egg and fried to perfection. This dish, Pan Marià, brings out a delightful blend of textures and flavors, crunchy on the outside and soft inside.

🍚 Small Rice Fritters: €2.50 – Delicate balls of rice, seasoned and fried to a golden brown. These fritters are a crispy treat that pays homage to the region’s rice cultivation traditions.


🍝 Agnolotti with Roast Sauce: €6 – Agnolotti, small pasta pockets, are filled with a rich filling and drenched in a succulent roast sauce. A bite into these reveals a burst of flavors, making it a favorite among pasta aficionados.

🍝 (No second dish listed for Viarigi.)


🍝 Porcini Mushroom Tagliatelle: €4.50 – Wide flat pasta, tagliatelle, is served with a rich and earthy porcini mushroom sauce. The mushrooms, renowned for their deep flavors, elevate this dish, making it a must-try for mushroom lovers.

🍫 Chocolate Bunet: €2.50 – A luscious dessert made with cocoa, amaretti biscuits, and caramel. The Bunet is Piedmont’s answer to the chocolate pudding, with an added crunch from the amaretti, creating a harmonious play of textures and flavors.

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