There are endless opportunities to taste many
delicacies: trattorias (small restaurant), wine-bars
and restaurant dot every part of the town and
its surrounding: pick the one that suits you best.
Tomini elettrici (white cheese with spicy
sauce), agnolotti al sugo d’arrosto
(pasta filled with meat, in a roast sauce), fritto
misto alla piemontese (a blend of fried meats),
the great bollito misto (boiled meat with boiled
vegetables) and the highly original bagna
caoda, a sauce made with garlic, olive oil
and anchovies, which is eaten with local vegetables:
a trip to Torino is a trip … trough taste.
The tables of the region are in fast sumptuously
laid with dishes not to be missed: local hors-d’oeuvres,
tasty first courses, cheeses, salami, (salami
and cold pork meat), excellent quality meat and
desserts that have made history.
The Turinese know how to enjoy
life! Just observe them at “aperitivo”
hour: groups of friends, colleagues leaving the
office, couples and families … they all
join this joyful ritual in wine-bars, cafés
and their terraces. You must also sip a glass
of wine or a cocktail with many savoury delicacies,
for a snack before dinner to discover the flavours
of the areas: “tagliere di salumi e formaggi”
(board of salami and cold pork meat and cheese)
to be eaten with “grissini rubatà”,
vegetables pies, grilled peppers, “acciughe
al verde” (anchovies with green sauce) and
“vitello tonnato” (meat with tuna
sauce), an unusual blend of meat and fish that
has become a classic.
Your visit is right occasion
to savour famous Piedmontese wines, such a Barolo
and Barbaresco and the excellent DOC
(Registered Designation of Origin) wines from
the region: Carema, which comes from
the steep mountain slopes, the fresh and fruity
Doux D’Henry, dry or sweet Freisa, Bonarda,
Cari and Erbaluce, the first white wine to
received this acknowledgement 40 years ago, Ramie
and finally Caluso Passito, a well-balances
and velvet toast for the best desserts.
Filled pralines and perfumed
cakes, original little biscuits and tasty drinks
… those who love sweets will find heaven
here: no other place can boast such a depp-rooted
tradition, craftsmen so creative and such a widespread
passion for chocolate and pastry-making.
Come and enjoy delights that
have become famous all over the world, including
the “gianduiotti”, that originated
in Napoleonic times from the balances blend of
cocoa and “round and gentle” hazelnuts.
Go into one of the many historic
cafés under the arches or into the gracious
little squares, imagine you are an elegant dame
from the nineteenth century or a character from
the Risorgimento and enjoy a bicerin
(coffee with chocolate and milk cream), the drink
officially recognized as “traditionally
Turinese”, but also a hot chocolate with
cream or the tantalizing zabaglione.
You can savour them with locally produced biscuits,
like the tiny Nocciolini from Chivasso,
Torcetti from Lanzo and the Canestrelli,
with different local variations all over the province.
If you feel like savour a very special treat,
taste the Focaccia di Susa on the mountainside
and the Focaccia di Chieri on the hillside.