Where to eat and drink like a local in Turin?
As I sat there savoring each bite and taking in my surroundings, I couldn't help but feel grateful for the experience. It wasn't just the food, although that was certainly a highlight, but it was the whole atmosphere of the place. The hustle and bustle of the lunch crowd, the waiters darting between tables with plates piled high, the clinking of glasses and silverware, and the warmth of the Italian sun streaming through the window.
As we finished our meal and reluctantly made our way back to the car, I knew that this was what Italy was all about. It wasn't just the food or the wine or the architecture, but it was the feeling of being alive and present in the moment, of fully immersing yourself in the experience and letting it wash over you.
As we drove off into the sunset, the memory of that lunch lingering on my taste buds and in my heart, I knew that I would always come back to Italy, searching for that elusive feeling of joy and connection that can only be found in the most unexpected places.
If you're planning a trip to Turin, Italy, you're in for a treat. This Piedmontese capital is a city that's full of sophistication and elegance, with beautiful interiors, world-class food and drinks, and a vibrant cultural scene.
Here are some recommendations for where to
- Scannabue Caffé: This is the restaurant mentioned in the story above and it's a must-visit for anyone looking for traditional Piedmontese cuisine. Their pasta and braised beef are amazing. Instagram: @scannabuecaffe
- Del Cambio: This historic restaurant has been around since 1757 and has hosted famous guests like Napoleon and Cavour. The interiors are stunning and the food is delicious.
- Tre Galli/Tre Galline: Tre Galline appears to be the go-to spot for a traditional and hearty meat-based lunch, with dishes such as agnolotti del plin and amazing raw meat. Tre Galli, on the other hand, seems to offer a more relaxed atmosphere and diverse menu. It is a great spot to go for a casual dinner and try out their pasta dishes or the French-inspired uovo en meurette. Both restaurants have their own unique charms and are worth visiting depending on your mood and dining preferences.
- Ristorante Consorzio: offers a modern twist on classic dishes, with a minimalist yet warm decor and a focus on market-based ingredients. The young and knowledgeable staff also add to the relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The wine list is impressive and well-curated.
- Al Gatto Nero: A restaurant with a rich history and a strong focus on traditional Tuscan cuisine. Despite losing its Michelin stars in the 1980s, the quality of the food has remained high and continues to offer diners a special experience. The menu seems to feature classic pasta dishes such as tagliolini with bottarga and pappardelle with duck ragù, followed by a pepper steak. The maître Andrea Vannelli, adds to the dining experience with his humble, knowledgeable, and commanding presence, and his love of wine is reflected in the restaurant's well-chosen and reasonably priced wine list.
- Pastis: Settled on a very lively square, these seem to be the places where all the hip youngsters of Turin meet up for a good negroni or Campari. I found this the best place for an apertitivo or after-dinner drink.
- Caffè Torino: Sit under a vintage Martini sign while enjoying one of the best negroni you will ever have. This bar located on Piazza is a must-visit spot in Turin, with its carved wooden bar, painted walls, and gilded mirrors, it is a feast for the eye and the perfect spot for watching people in the heart of the center.
- Monomono Bar – whether you're looking for coffee, aperitivo, or late drinks. The vintage atmosphere with a mix of Italian 70s vibes, a hint of New York's Lower East Side diners, and a nod to Hopper's Nighthawks painting nostalgia sounds intriguing. The original Rock-Ola jukeboxes add to the ambiance. A cool and laid-back spot to hang out and enjoy good music and drinks.
Turin is a perfect day trip from our villas in Piedmont: