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Hello all just thought that since I live here..in Torino and some of You will come for a visit I should start posting places and infos about it...so fell free to contact me here and ask, Torino got so many places to chow...ermm visit!!!
oh yes.. will post recipes too!!!

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  1. I was in Torino for a day or two a month ago. The visit to Eataly was the highlight. What a place! And there is to be one in NYCity soon. Hooray!

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    1. re: DaleJ

      yeah DaleJ, Eataly definetly rocks. If You will come back I suggest you this place "olsen" in via sant'agostino 4/b, they produce unbelivable salt and sweet cakes.

    2. Hey - I found you using the search function - I am thinking of visiting Torino in July. My goal is to find a very low-key place to stay, and to just eat and drink for a few days. I don't want to be in a touristy place - I would rather find a pension and some "off the radar" places for good, honest, chowhound-worthy food that is representative of the area. I think I will drive down from the Netherlands - so any places surrounding the city center is fine. Are there any less touristy areas that are chow meccas? Can you recommend breakfast, lunch and dinner places? I'm not doing the fine-dining thing this trip, just looking for what the locals like the best. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!

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      1. re: saticoy

        hey saticoy, well Torino is not so expansive so I think you can find low-key places even inside the city itself. For a nice place to eat at least one time I suggest you the "trattoria della posta" where you can try every kind of italian (piedomntes) cheese..but I should tell You..you will have to be very hungry.
        And dont' miss the "quadritlatero romano" at night..you may eat everywhere and it's full of life.

        1. re: TheTorinoAgent

          Thanks for the recs! I was checking out the quadrilitero romano and found a place called Mezzalunabio...looks very interesting, like a gourmet natural food cafe and store ( http://www.mezzalunabio.it/index.html ), and I was hoping you could help me with a translation: "STAGE di CUCINA NATURALE" - this looks like it might be an all-day cooking class...??? Thanks again for your help!

          1. re: saticoy

            My Italian isn't what it used to be (and it never was that great) but I can do a rough translation for you: "We periodically organize natural cooking shows where we teach you cooking techniques and how to simply and deliciously use the ingredients (some of which are not well known) that are found in our natural food store." I don't see anything about it being a day-long thing.

            I lived in Turin for about sixteen months, and never happened upon this place. Considering I was doing a macrobiotic detox at the time (no wheat, dairy, meat, nightshades, processed sugars, fermented foods, etc.) I can't believe this store wasn't even a blip on my radar. I used to get my health foods at a place that was... I think... on Via Pietro Micca. For tofu, I went to the Chinese grocers along Corso Regina Margarita, by Porta Palazzo market. You'll definitely want to check out that market on a weekday morning, just to surround yourself with that much food!

            Most guidebooks hit on all the "must eat" places. Turin has great aperitivo bars and I could recommend some depending on your age. There are NO breakfast places! Breakfast is coffee and a pastry at a bar... any bar will do. I've done EUR 10 coffee and pastries, and EUR 2 coffee and pastries, and there is little difference (although it's always nice to get the pastries while they're still warm). My mom said the best baked good she's ever had in her life was from [crap I forget the name], which is the bar, gelateria and chocolate shop in Piazza Carlo Felice (across from Porta Nuova train station) beside the hotel Roma e Rocca Cavour. It was some kind of orange cream filled pastry that I just grabbed for her on my way to meet her at the train station. Apparently it was rather good, as she still talks about it a full two and a half years later. Stop for a bicerin at Al Bicerin, because not to do so would be like going to Disneyland without riding It's a Small World. One of my favorite pizzerias in the city is Tre da Tre, which is on Via Verdi (#33), near the university and the Mole. I never saw another English speaker there, so I assume it's not too touristy. For wine, there is a place on Via Barbaroux that I'm sure someone could name for us, and I am/was also very partial to Chocowine on Via Botero (#8 I think) but I am not sure if it's still in business.

            1. re: Jetgirly

              Where would you suggest to go for aperitivo for a group in their early thirties? Thanks!

            2. re: saticoy

              Sorry I was out for work... avout mezzalunabio, I know the place the "STAGE di CUCINA NATURALE" stand for Stage on Bio Cusine, basicalli I think that they organize short stage to learn the basic and some recipes on bio food..I am definetly a "hungry" visitor of quadilatero romano since everything there it's food,music and ppl..
              For Jetgirl I know the place but damn I do not remeber the name too..tomorow I had to go near there and will got to visit so I will able to post more informationts.
              About PortaPalazzo..fancy a saturday night live session on food..go to visit..yeah Jetgirly I think you know what it is that market!!!!

              1. re: saticoy

                saticoy- "stage" is Italian for "internship".

            3. re: saticoy

              I hightly recommend Ristorante Da Mina. Also, the Hotel Urbani is a great value.

              1. re: lizreedy

                I agree with lizreedy...by the way March is coming..so for all who will travel to Italy just remeber we got the chocolate festival..and in Torino belive me we know how to make chocolate!!!

            4. hi! do you have any cold beverage recipes for torino coffee?

              please send me one if you do...thanks!!

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              1. re: jhorel

                humm hi there jhorel I'm not sure what you mean with torino coffe..we got 2 typical coffe here the bicerin and the marocchino. I will post both the recipe asap but both those require at least a caffettiera (typical italian house coffe machine).

                1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                  Please post the recipes! I remember reading about bicerin during the 2006 winter olympics, and ever since then I've wanted to visit Torino and sample one there.

                  Would a Moka pot work, or does it have to be a caffetteria?

                  1. re: Nettie

                    sorry for the delay, i am translating the original recipe...yeah a moka pot could work, if you want normally they use the lavazza red label coffee but I suppose that in US it will be quite expansive (as everything in the world that come from another country!!!).

                      1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                        I'll be in Asti in May and visiting Torino as well. Can you give me a few recs?

                2. I loved Torino. Travelled there in 2006 with my husband and 10-year old step-son. There was one restaurant in particular I would recommend; it's called Ristorante Seven Up. Via Doria Andrea, 4 10123 Torino. The restaurant was cosy and welcoming, and the pizzas and pastas were simple but delicious. So much so that my step-son insisted on going there nearly every night we were there!

                  1. Monferrato. via Monferrato 6, Torino. Tel. 011 8190661
                    -super Piemontese cuisine with a fantastic wine selection and deadly dessert cart. try the cheeses as well. Open for lunch too.

                    Ristorante Tre Galline. Via Bellezia, 37, Torino Tel. 011 4366553
                    -yet another super-duper Piemontese restaurant. Nice atmosphere and fantastic food.

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                    1. re: lkferguson

                      Well there are many places, but since we are in spring I suggest a visit to the "quadrilatero romano" after 8.pm for a dinner or piazza vittorio (Porto di Savona)..and if you like to taste a breakfast as we do it in here.. I suggest you on the sunday morning piazza vittorio's most famous bar "bar elena".

                      (in case copy on a notepad..without wordwrap than copy again and paste in your browser internet).

                      1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                        Torino Agent, maybe you can help me. I'm trying to remember the name of a fantastic restaurant, not too far from the train station. When you walked in, it had a huge array of antipasti to the right. You could order a sort of unlimited access to the antipasti as an appetizer. It was a very warm, neighborhood place.

                        I think it might have been Taverna della Rose. Does that sound right? Thanks so much.

                        1. re: cavafan

                          Hi there cavafan humm Taverna delle Rose ..humm this is a job for the Torino Agent, I will look at the places around the station in one of my photographic trips (yeah i know this doesnt'sound too foodie..) and will let you now about the name of the places.Just for info you mean the main train station(Porta Nuova) or the other one (Porta Susa)?.

                          1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                            I believe it was the main train station--Porta Nuova.

                            From what I remember, you walk into the restaurant, the antipasti are on the right, there's a small front room, then a narrower corridor with a couple of tables on either side leading to a large back room.

                            Thanks again!

                          2. re: cavafan

                            I've eaten there! I think it may have been my first meal in Torino, actually. It's definitely a pizzeria. I *think* it's on the first block of Via XX Settembre directly opposite the station. I remember arriving at Torino at 1:00 am after traveling since 4:00 am the night before... with all my wordly possessions... I paid EUR 7 for a taxi driver to take me from the station to Hotel Bologna (don't ask), and I'm quite sure that the next day I wouldn't have been up for venturing far from the hotel. I tried using the Italian Yellow Pages to map out restaurants and pizzerias near the end of Corso Matteotti, but I didn't find it.

                            1. re: Jetgirly

                              sorry me i was out for work...jetgirly..who was that taxi driver???? Damn I hate read about these things..(for those who dont'know from hotel bologna is just on the other side of the street from the main station.. you cant' see it from the station but..damn 7 euro's???).
                              I will go to eat to a new place this weekend will report on here my impressions and the address in case someone will visit Torino soon.

                      2. I have to say that having traveled throughout Italy...Torino ranks as my favorite foodie spot in Italy. This may be in part because my visit to Torino occurred later in life (aka I had more money) and in part because we had a Torino native as our guide.

                        The last time I was in Torino my friend took me to the original shop where they make gianduja (?). It is that dreamy hazelnut chocolate that is almost 40 euros a bag. Do you know the name of the store? Or the location? I remember that it was a little outside of town. I'd love to go back. Thank you!

                        1. I've been here in Torino for a couple days now and we've had wonderful food. Below are some highlights. I'll post more as I try out more places. I'm planning on going to Eataly on Sunday as some have suggested. I am looking forward to it!

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                          1. re: mielimato


                            In my humble opinion, the best chocolate in the world comes from Torino and the best chocolate in Torino comes from Guido Gobino. They are famous for their guianduja, which an intense and delicious mix of dark/milk chocolate and hazelnut paste. A 300 gram bag will set you back about 13E which is not cheap but really worth it. They have a website with info on their multiple locations in Torino: http://www.guidogobino.it/.

                            1. re: mielimato

                              Osteria Antiche Sere
                              Via Cenischia, 9

                              This place is a little out of the way but I am very happy that the conference organizers planned the dinner here. We had to take a cab from the center of the city to get there (about 11E), but it was definitely worth the trek. It is a local family run place that serves traditional food from the Piedmonte. You’ll definitely need reservations because the place was packed! We had the following and it was delicious:

                              Toma (which is this fresh regional cheese served with a anchovy, savory sauce on top)
                              Carne crudo (this was the highlight…minced raw beef served on a lemon slice)
                              Potato salad with tuna and mayo (didn’t look so appetizing but it was very good)
                              Spinach omelet (my least favorite…a bit tasteless)


                              Tagliatelle with asparagus (This may be my favorite pasta dish of all time. Fresh pasta and cream sauce is really tricky. A light too much cream and the whole thing turns into a mushy mess. But this dish was perfectly balanced…a light touch of cream, which balanced the flavor of asparagus and most importantly no mushy consistency)

                              Ravioli stuffed with roasted meat (with a light sauce made from the juice of the roasted meat. Again, this could have been too oily but it was surprisingly light and flavorful)

                              Rabbit in a rosemary white wine sauce


                              Panna cotta
                              Strawberry in zabaglione (beautifully light custard)

                              1. re: mielimato

                                Finally I spent a little time around Porta Nuova, definetly I think was "C'era una volta", but I found even other 2 resturants similar to this one.
                                Few days ago I went to the "quadrilatero Romano" and tried (again) "Casa Martin", it's a nice resturant that share the place with a book publisher firm (martin).
                                The resturant offer a daily menu with a faboulous wine carte and for those who simply want to taste the "dopocena" (after dinner litteraly) a good list of cocktails alcholic and analcholic or,again, of wine (red and white).
                                There is no need to book in advance.

                            2. Ciao TorinoAgent et alii,

                              I am headed to the Piedmont next week, and while I actually won't be in Torino, I will be in Val di Susa and then in the Asti--I'm visiting La Sagra di San Michele, the Roman ruins at Susa, and the Romanesque churches of the Asti.

                              Any food recommendations in the broader Piedmont, and especially around Torino, Asti, Alessandria, Vercelli, and Novara would be welcome. (Also, if you can recommend inexpensive places to stay in Susa and Asti, I would be molto grata.) This includes typical dishes as well as restaurants, bars, etc.

                              Many thanks!!!

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                              1. re: AliLovesLA

                                Damn, I am really sorry Ali i saw Your post just now..so I think I'm a bit late.. in Val Susa I know a place who is knew as the "resturant of truck drivers"..is a small resturant located just before Bussoleno..it is easy to recognize since it is near a petrol station and for the number of trucks outside.
                                Quite unusual you will eat sit on long chair for 6/8 persons at time.I personally suggest the "Lasagne al forno".10/15 Euros for a complete dinner (wine and water included).
                                Ali if You read this one while You are in Italy.. write me back here I wil check this post daily.

                                1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                                  hello all you torino lovers! what would be a good bar or restaurant to sample wines?!

                                  1. re: Willem

                                    Cantine Risso - Corso Casale it's a good choice.

                              2. Hiya,
                                I'm heading to Torino tomorrow for TM and you seem to be 'the man about town'. I'm staying at the Best Western HOTEL GENIO, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 47 (god forbid!). I love my coffee... is there somewhere close that you would recommend? And are you going to Terra madre?

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                                1. re: miss chocolat

                                  I, too, am planning a visit to Torino. Question: Should I expect to find most restaurants and all food shops to be closed on Sundays and Mondays? Should I do everything possible to avoid visiting on those two days?

                                  1. re: erica

                                    Also, if I can work out avoiding Sunday or Monday, I may be in Torino on 25 April (2009) which is a major holiday..how would that affect the average tourist? Restaurants/shops open?

                                    1. re: erica

                                      Erica, well normally the closing day for resturants in Torino si monday morning and wednesday so not really need to avoid Sunday and monday in my opinion,
                                      About the 25 of April, humm well resturant will be open for sure but shops hardly, but since 25 will be a saturday they will do for sure a concert or something like that at evening..so it could be a great day to visit Torino.

                                  2. re: miss chocolat

                                    Damn sorry me Miss Chocolat, I am returing from a trip. Yes I've been to Terra Madre and to Salone del Gusto as I do every time. I hope you enjoyed Torino and TM...and sorry me,sorry me really for my delay for not meeting you here.

                                  3. I will be in Torino on Saurday evening, November 15. I will have spent a week in Piemonte and need a suggestion or three for dinner that evening. I believe I am staying at the Hotel Jolly on Corso Vittorio. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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                                    1. re: deesher

                                      Well deesher, here my suggestions:
                                      "porto di savona" -Piazza Vittorio (on the right if walk from via po)
                                      "tre galli"- quadilatero romano
                                      "pizzeria la mole" (if you like the italian pizza) - Via verdi (behind via po).
                                      Those are at a max of 20 mins of walk from your hotel..(take the underground to Porta Nuova than walk in via Roma...).
                                      Anyway will post other info sooner...

                                      1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                                        Dear The Torino Agent-

                                        I am driving with my family next week from Annecy in France to Torino for one night. I've seen the ristorante Mina mentioned- would you recommend this for a family that has enjoyed many places in Paris this week.

                                        Many thanks!

                                        Philly Chowhound

                                        1. re: Philly hound

                                          Sorry Philly hound, lost your question. I didnt'came on chow for a bit..but I'm back now.
                                          Sorry again...how was the Mina?

                                    2. So quite a time since my last post...December is coming as Xmas and so if anybody out there is planning to visit Torino let me know, I will be glad to help You in find good spots for eating here.
                                      Just few hints for those who will visit:
                                      Porto di Savona: Piazza Vittorio (typical piedomnties cusine but I suggest You to pass at lunch and reserve a dinner...in case will post the phone number soon)
                                      Michele: just few steps after Porto Savona is a pizzeria but is speciality is the "pizza al pentolino"..well is a pizza cooked in a small plate dircectly..delicious..(you have to ask for reservation...and there is no phone number go figure)
                                      Kuoki:Japan-Piedmonties resturant at Via Guadenzio Ferrari..easily to find is at the corner of the Mole Antonelliana (will post phone number and map soon).

                                      So The Torino Agent is back and ready to help!

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                                      1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                                        AS promised here the phone numbers and map to "Porto di Savona", "Michele" and "Kuoki"
                                        Porto di Savona:Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 2 Torino - 011 817 3500
                                        Michele:Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 4 Torino
                                        Kuoki: VIA FERRARI GAUDENZIO,. (10124) Torino (TO). Tel.011 8397865

                                        the map for Porto di Savona and Michele "http://maps.google.it/maps?f=q&so..."

                                        For Kuoki:" http://maps.google.it/maps?f=q&so..."

                                        1. re: TheTorinoAgent

                                          Agente Taurinese, saluti dal Asti!

                                          An unusual question: In your opinion what are the best Indian and the best Mexican restaurants in Torino? I know there are a few there, tried one Indian place (can't remember its name) a few years ago, but didn't care for it.

                                          Le ringrazio.

                                          1. re: Villasampaguita

                                            hi the Villasampaguita,
                                            well about indians resturant I'm need to check a new one in a couple of weeks but for what cocern the mexican I would say "El centenario" is a great place.
                                            EVen "las rosas" is a good one, I personally like the one in via giachino (V. Giachino 71, 10149 Torino - Tel 011.290.485) it small,romantic, definetly great for a "dinner for two"

                                            El centenario:Via Biancamano 3 - 10121 - Torino

                                      2. if anyone is still checking this thread... I am arriving in Torino tomoorow for a few days and would like to know if the recs listed here are still good and if there is anything else in the city I should try apart from Eataly, the giandujia, and white truffles if I can

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                                        1. re: meatnveg

                                          The Restaurant page has 22 Turin restaurants summarized on it now - all of the Slowfood picks, Gambero Rosso Lowcost 2010 and also a group of the higher rated Michelin and Gambero Rosso places, and the Fred Plotkin reccs. I realize this just skims the surface in a city as big as Torino but could be useful to you


                                          1. Hi there,
                                            I am meeting 3 friends in Turin for lunch on Saturday on our way to Alba for a few days. I have read good things about Tre Galline and Monferrato but would appreciate any other recommendations.
                                            Our group are big food and wine lovers - and we would like to taste classic cuisine of Torino and the region.
                                            Thanks, E