Buying Trip Report - Exploring Piemonte

With the imminent arrival of our latest container of antiques from Italy, I thought I would share some highlights of our most recent buying trips and a sneak peek of some of our favorite finds arriving soon.

Fatto a Mano buying trip in Piemonte 

One of our regular destinations on buying trips is the Piemonte region of Italy. There are many things I love about Piemonte – truffles, excellent wine and grappa, beautiful towns like Alba and Cuneo – but the weather is not my favorite thing. It reminds me of Oregon. It is rainy, foggy, snowy and often dreary. However, on our recent trip, we were treated to a couple crisp, clear days and stunning views of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. Of course, it rained, too!

Old Vintages

We were also delighted to discover a new town to stay in – Cherasco. It is a beautiful town with gorgeous architecture, friendly people and it happens to be a foodie paradise!

 Snail Festival in Cherasco

Beautiful Cherasco

We were lucky to be there during a festival celebrating the “chiocciola” or snail. Every restaurant in town offered special dishes featuring snails. Honestly, snails are not my thing, but Massimo loved it. His favorite dish was spaghetti alla carbonara with snails. I fell in love with the traditional egg noodle from Piemonte called “tajarin” in a classic butter and sage sauce.  

 Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Snails

I am fascinated by the incredible architecture in Piemonte. The grand, heavy doors are fun to photograph.

Old Door in PiemonteOld Door VicoforteOld Door Piemonte

Incredible wine shops abound, like this one in Alba.

Wine Shop in Alba

We packed the car with wine and grappa! Of course, we couldn’t leave without buying some black truffles and local cheeses.

Summer Truffles in AlbaGrappa selection in AlbaLocal Cheese in Alba

Of course, we did manage to get some work done! Here are few of our favorite finds that will be arriving at our warehouse in April.

19th c. Shop Counter

Antique Shop Counter from Italy 

Grand Scale Vintage Store Fixture

Large Vintage Store Fixture 

19th c. Fruitwood Glass-top Cabinet

Antique Fruitwood Glass Top Cabinet 

Gilded Louis Philippe Mirror with Greek Key Motif

Gilded Louis Philippe Mirror 

Ornate 19th c. Pew Bench and Large Italian 4-drawer Chest

Antique Pew Bench and Large Italian Chest 

18th c. Piemontese Cabinet

Rustic Cabinet from Piemonte 

Pair Elegant Carved Benches

Pair Elegant Benches 

Neoclassical 3-drawer Marble Top Chest

 Neoclassical Chest with Marble Top

Pair Empire Console Tables with Marble Tops

Pair Petite Empire Console Tables

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Heather Dempsey
Heather Dempsey