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bropaul Feb 26, 2009 09:30 AM

I checked the board and there's lots of info by TorinoAgent. I was wondering whether anyone had anything new to add on places that specialize in Piedmontese cooking. I'll be in Torino for 2/3 days at the beginning of March.

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  1. erica RE: bropaul Feb 26, 2009 02:02 PM

    I am headed to Turin in April and would also love to hear recommendations..

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      jinx RE: bropaul Feb 26, 2009 07:55 PM

      ditto, I'll be there in May, but only for one night. What's my best bet for one great meal?

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        bropaul RE: bropaul Mar 5, 2009 03:00 PM

        Is it possible that there are no Hounds who have been to Turin and can help us out? I hear it's a great food city.

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          jinx RE: bropaul Mar 7, 2009 12:08 PM

          Still hoping for some restaurant recs but in the meantime, found this great article on Turin's best apertivo bars. May just end up making a meal this way!


        2. erica RE: bropaul Mar 7, 2009 12:44 PM

          Maybe we can get some comments on these places that I have on my list:

          Reviews and pics of Antiche Sere, a SlowFood pick in Turin:



          Website of Con Calma, another SlowFood pick:


          Here are the other SlowFood picks in Turin:

          Trattoria Valenza, Via Borgodora, 39

          Sotto La Mole, Via Montebello, 9; website:


          L'Oca Fola, Via Drovetti, 6D

          Dai Saletta, Via Belfiore, 37 (recommended in F. Plotkin book


          I've read very good things about this restaurant, too:

          L'Agrifoglio, Via Provano, 3B

          More formal/expensive, I think, than most of those above:

          Casa Vicina:


          Tre Galline:


          Al Garamond:


          Babette (menu with prices):


          Gatto Nero, Corso Turatti, 14 (Tuscan food; recommended by Faith Willinger; Gambero Rosso




          C'era Una Volta (recommended by Willinger and much discussed on food sites; in all the guidebooks; some poor reviews by Italians on TA; very poor review from Chowhound):


          Finally, here is a place with an excellent review on CH:


          I would love to read comments on any of the places mentioned above, and on others in the city.

          ..one more from Faith Willinger's book is:

          SanGiors, Via Borgo Dora, 3 (first floor, above the hotel



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            DavidT RE: bropaul Mar 7, 2009 01:53 PM

            Turin and Genoa are probably the two largest cities in Italy that get the fewest (American) tourists. I am not sure why that is. In 7 trips to Italy, I have only spent an afternoon in Turin and have never been to Genoa, so I am guilty as charged!

            What I saw (and tasted) of Turin was very inviting. I would certainly like to return some day. My guess is Genoa is equally appealing.

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              BN1 RE: DavidT Mar 8, 2009 10:47 AM

              David, don’t miss Genoa. Just walking down the street, my wife and I could smell the delicious aromas that we followed for 2 blocks to a small shop in the older section serving an onion topped focaccia. I still dream of that bread and have never had any better. On Sunday afternoon in the very oldest section of town, we found only one restaurant open. It was late for lunch, so the owner let the rest of the staff go home and he served us himself. He had been a bartender on a cruise ship before retiring to Italy to raise a family and spoke excellent English. I had the most outstanding example of Amatriciana ever. Again, it was the Genoa onions. He took us into his kitchen to show us his ingredients and the homemade tomato sauce he used from tomatoes he grew. Then he plied us with wine (a special recommendation from Trento) and digestives for over an hour after lunch before we could leave. Don’t skip Genoa.

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                allende RE: BN1 Mar 8, 2009 11:16 AM

                Do you remember the name of the restaurant?

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                  BN1 RE: allende Mar 8, 2009 03:07 PM

                  I'm sorry but I've lost the name. It was in that warren of streets just southwest of Palazzo Ducale. It was the first one we saw heading south from the Palazzo.

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              frankki RE: bropaul Mar 29, 2009 04:25 AM

              currently in torino on business mixed with pleasure - our hosts, long time residents of torino took us to an absolutely fantastic sicilian fish restaurant last night called Mare Nostrum....website is ristorantemarenostrum.it. was really, really great. enjoy!

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                erica RE: frankki Mar 30, 2009 07:42 AM

                Looks like a good place--thanks for the tip. Can you give us further recommendations based on your current experience in Turin? Thanks again!

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                bropaul RE: bropaul Mar 31, 2009 04:42 AM

                I had a very nice meal (lunch) at Ristorante La Badessa. They attempt to recreate dishes from recipes found in religious houses. I had a delicious baccala and chick pea dish. The restaurant is in one of Turin's many palazzi.

                Ristorante La Badessa
                Piazza Carlo Emmanuele II, 17H
                10123 Torino


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                  frankki RE: bropaul Apr 4, 2009 12:39 PM

                  we also had a fantastic meal (lunch) at Sotto le mole (picked a restaurant from your slow food listing). will definitely visit again on next trip! great, great stuffed pasta!

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                    erica RE: frankki Apr 8, 2009 03:57 AM

                    Thanks to you both for responding! I made a reservation at Antiche Sera and will have one free night..

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                    lizreedy RE: bropaul Apr 10, 2009 02:45 PM

                    Turin really IS a great food city. Try Ristorante Mina. It's old school and awesome. C'era una volta is good too.

                    Genoa is my favorite city... no one ever goes there and I don'e get why!

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                      erica RE: lizreedy Apr 10, 2009 03:30 PM

                      Please tell us why Genoa is your favorite!

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                        alanf RE: lizreedy May 26, 2009 09:15 AM

                        I had dinner at Ristorante Mina two nights ago, and it was fantastic--an appropriate end to a ten-day road trip through Piedmont / Piemonte. Antipasti selections were especially wonderful, and it's nice to see Mina presiding over the place. Of ten days in Piedmont, we only spent two in Turin, and it really should have been more. Such a beautiful and interesting city, with very few tourists to boot.

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                          bropaul RE: alanf May 26, 2009 10:33 AM

                          Agreed. I was only there two days and it wasn't enough.

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                        gailr42 RE: bropaul May 27, 2009 08:05 PM

                        Well, for anyone who is still interested, I have been to L'Oca Fola which is mentioned above. I loved it. The service was good, the food was good and the ambiance was very welcoming and warm. The wait-staff doesn't speak much English, but were very friendly and gracious.

                        I am not the "professional" chowhound that some of you are, but I can't imagine anyone not being pleased by the restaurant. For me, so much of the enjoyment comes from the excitement of just being in Italy and having a new eating experience.

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