*Fancy images borrowed from Cascina Spinasse’s Official Website.

Walking into Cascina Spinasse is like walking into a trattoria along the side of a back road in the middle of Piemonte.  This place is old school, and it comes complete with rustic wood floors, low lighting and a duo of pasta-makers flinging golden sheets of semolina around like a couple of pizzaioli.  Spinasse is home of an authentic, regional Italian experience.  This place feels like home to me.

Cascina Spinasse is famous for it’s Pimontese speciality, tajarin.  This lovely, thin, fettucine-type pasta is ethereal.  It’s just about as delicate and tender as pasta gets, with a texture that helps sauces and flavors cling and wind their way around the fine strands.  This pasta is love.

I was lucky enough to be escorted by two of Seattle’s finest Wine People, Jon Marvin and Mike Smith of Cavatappi, who chose a bottle of Dolcetto di Dogliani from Pecchenino’s San Luigi vineyard.  This 2009 Dolcetto was a bit more forward and fruity than most Dolcetto, with darker fruit and a more pronounced tannic structure and depth.  Certainly not rustic by any means.  And totally delicious.

The wine list is laser-focused, carefully cultivated and a tribute to Piemonte and the Langhe.  We also sampled a lovely Barolo from Elvio Cogno- the Cascina Nuova bottling from 2006, which is a delight.  Marked by a full tannic structure, but still full of bright acidity and a fruity playfulness you don’t normally see in Barolo.  I wouldn’t expect anything less from Cogno’s ingenious winemaker, Valter Fissore.

Overall, Cascina Spinasse is the real deal- an authentic Italian experience.

It’s also a place to fall in love with pasta all over again.