A historical treasure of Emilia-Romagna's Piacenza region, the restaurant has long been a favorite dining spot with the locals, including Piacenza native Giorgio Armani. And it's a good bet that if the locals love it, you'll be in for an exceptional treat. So, if your trip to Italy happens to include a visit to Rivalta, you simply must put this on your agenda.The restaurant has been run since 1975 by members of the Piazza family, who for years worked as highly regarded butchers.That ability to discern the best in fresh and cured meats has served them well in the restaurant. Today, husband and wife team Marco and Sabrina Piazza oversee the kitchen, dining room, and wine cellar operations, as well as the adjacent shop selling local wines and foodstuffs. Marco works the front of the house, greeting guests and lending his expert knowledge to their food and wine selections, which include important Italian vintages and some very excellent selections from France. Meanwhile, Sabrina works her magic back in the kitchen, crafting delicious interpretations of Tuscan classics. Her menu is distinguished by the quality of its grilled and salted meat dishes, homemade pastas with accompanying sauces, and decadent desserts. She also receives consistent reviews for her bruschetta, proving the Tuscan adage that even the simplest things should be done extraordinarily well. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner and seats about one hundred people inside. A handful of tables on a lovely patio provides wonderful al fresco dining during the warmer months.