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Sep 19, 2006 02:57 PM

Dinner recs in Torino for late Oct...

Going to Torino for 5 days in Oct and would love some quality recs for dinner. I'd prefer eating near the city center as I won't have a car and would like to eat affordable but memorable meals. Any recs?

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  1. I'm updating a previous post of mine because I'm not sure how to link:

    In Turin, a great bargain is the 28 euro menu at Cera una Volta on Victor Emanuelle II. Great, reasonable wine list. It's a couple of blocks from Porto Nuova station. Run by a couple of brothers who know their stuff.

    A very fun and fairly casual place is La Cantinella across the Po from downtown, where the specialty was steak brought out raw, sliced and grilled tableside (by you) on a sizzling soapstone. Also get the octopus-potato starter -- amazing. This is walkable if you're near the river or a cheap cab ride.

    We found good bicerin everywhere, but El Bicerin and Cafe Torino downtown were historic and special.

    This is a fantastic food town.

    1. thanks for the recs, repete! you are making my mouth water in anticipation just as i read your post!

      1. Hope you have a great trip. Bring back a lot of chocolate.

        1. The chances are good that the white truffle season/harvest will be underway towards the end of October. If you have never tasted 'tartufo bianco,' you owe it to yourself to splurge and have white truffles on one or two dishes of your meals while you are there.

          The Piemont region of Italy could have the finest cuisine of the entire country, if not of all of Europe. However, be aware that the regional dialect is used in naming many of the dishes. For instance. 'Tajarin' is the name of most common pasta in the region and it is similar to tagliatelle or fettucine. 'Agnolotti' is the most popular stuffed pasta in the region and is similar to a small ravioli.

          If you are interested in learning more about the food of the Piemonte, get a copy of a book by Matt Kramer called "A Passion for Piedmont."

          1. I know that this is too late for this enquiry, but Torina is a great town to eat in.

            Just at the junction of via San Dalmazzo and via Garibaldi(the longest pedestrianised street in Europe) are two of the best local restaurants.

            Mon Ami is typical Piedmontese

            Taverna dei Guitti has a wonderful young chef Danillo, he respects traditional cooking but is able to give it a very modern tweak.

            Just around the corner is Tre Galline, justifiably, world famous.

            None of these is so expensive that a British pensioner couple couldn't eat at all three during a one week stay.