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JEFF KOEHLER

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August 15th, 2007

savor: Italy/ Vercelli

RISTORANTE BALIN
Fraz. Castell’ Apertole, 6
Livorno Ferraris
39/0161.47.121
www.balinrist.it

Found in a tiny village among rice fields south of Vercelli, Balin draws people from the cites around for its superb, country-style risottos. Owner Angelo Silvestro is a funny, generous, and talented chef who works his magic with the help of his wife and daughter. (He gives demonstration on Italian TV and around the world in making risotto.) The most impressive risotto is a wheeled out in a great wheel of local Gran Padano and then mixed gently scraping away at the cheese sides, and then ladled to the plate. Heaven!
The restaurant’s other specialty: the small gray-green frogs that fill the rice fields.

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