Did you try La Contea in Neive? Claudia and Tonino were some of the most
gracious hosts we've ever encountered. On one visit there with my father
and his wife, I asked Claudia if you would be so kind to do a morning
cooking class for us - it was wonderful. One afternoon, Tonino had taken
my dad and me for a drive through his vineyards, and we wound up a Tonino's
house in his wine cellar. About 7:45pm, my dad looked and me and said
we hade better be getting back to the hotel, because we had 8pm dinner
reservations. I looked and him and said, Dad, don't you understand Italy
yet? 8pm is just the suggested time we have reservations for. Besides,
Claudia is the chef and Tonino runs the front of their restaurant and
we can't go back without them - we're in their car About 8:30 we finally
left their house for our 8pm reservations.
Another favorite in Piemonte is Belvedere in La Morra. We couldn't get
reservations there for Sunday lunch, so Tonino personally called. The
entire restaurant was booked for a 50th wedding anniversary, except for
one table for 2 Americans - us.