TRADITIONAL PIEDMONTESE CUISINE
Located just steps from the Gran Madre, this Turin- based bistro owned by multi- award winning Italian chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, will not disappoint. The bistro offers guests a unique tasting experience featuring a combination of northern and southern flavours. Highlights include Fassona beef tartare, codfish with tomatoes, eggplant parmigiana ravioli with a Provola cheese sauce and pigeon with blueberries and burrata (a fresh Italian buffalo milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream). Open Mon 7pm-11pm; Tues-Sat 12.30pm- 3pm/ 7pm-11pm. €€€. www. cannavacciuolobistrot.it/ torino.
Via U. Cosmo, 6. T: 011 8399893. Map I6
A stone’s throw from the Quadrilatero Romano, and only a few months after opening, this small, welcoming locale owned by Neapolitan chef Guido Perino, was classified as one of the city’s top ten restaurants at the Fork Restaurants Awards, sponsored by Identità Golose. The chef’s creative yet simple cuisine features a combination of classic and exotic fare, premiumquality ingredients and seasonal products that will delight your taste buds. Open Mon 7.30pm-10.30pm; Tues-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm/ 7.30pm-10.30pm. €€. www.ristorantecasaamelie.com.
Via Giulio, 4/ b. T: 011 5211579. Map E2
Cianci Piola Caffè
A real institution in Turin, this bustling ‘piola’ (a typical, laid- back Piedmontese tavern) offers authentic regional dishes at unbeatable prices. With tables spilling out onto the square in warmer months, this delightful locale in the heart of the Quadrilatero Romano, serves Fassona beef tartare, ‘vitello tonnato’, ‘ tajerin’ (a thin version of tagliatelle), ‘agnolotti’ and a vegetable- based Piedmontese antipasto which includes tomatoes, anchovies and peppers in a sauce, accompanied by a great selection of wines. Open 12.30pm3.30pm/6.30pm-11pm. €€. Largo 4 Marzo, 9/ b, T: 388 8767003. Map F3
In the heart of the quaint Quadrilatero Romano, Consorzio offers traditional cuisine, sometimes re- imagined with a twist, featuring ‘ Made- in Piedmont’ ingredients including Piedmontese beef, Cervere leeks, the hunchback thistles of Nizza Monferrato and freshly picked, gardengrown vegetables. A harmonious combination that pays tribute to customers, chefs, breeders, farmers and wine growers. Its cheeses, sourced from the best local producers, with a few forays into the rest of Italy, France or Britain for a taste of Stilton, deserve a separate mention. Open MonFri 12.30pm-2.30pm/ 7.30pm-11pm; Sat 7.30pm11pm. €€. ristoranteconsorzio.it.
Via Monte di Pietà, 23.
T: 011 2767661. Map E3
This charming restaurant owned by theatrical Florentine chef Cesare Maretti features brightly lit windows overlooking the street, contemporary décor and an open- plan kitchen, now a popular contemporary concept in Northern Italy. The chef’s underlying philosophy is based on the search for premium- quality ingredients with a particular focus on organic fruit and vegetables (all dishes are served with a side, at no additional charge) and conviviality. In the evening, guests can choose from a meat, fish or vegetarian menu, accompanied by homemade bread and focacce. Open Mon-Sun 12.30pm-3am/8pm-11pm; Sun 12 noon- 3pm. €€. cesaremarretti.com. Via Bertola, 27/a. T: 011 5629038. Map E3
Le Vitel Etonné
The standout at this restaurant located in the heart of the centre is ‘vitello tonnato’, one of the great classics of Piedmont cuisine, an absolute must-try at its namesake restaurant. Other specialties include ‘ tajerin’, a fresh pasta prepared according to a traditional recipe with 36 egg yolks per kilo of flour, served with an array of seasonal sauces, ‘ tagliatelle’ with Bra sausage and ‘agnolotti al plin’.
The locale’s 19th century cellar, featuring barrel vaults and open brick walls, hosts more than 300 labels. Open Tues-Sun 10.30am- midnight. €€€. www.leviteletonne.com. Via San Francesco da Paola, 4. T: 011 8124621. Map G4
Plin & Tajarin
This is small eatery resembling an artist’s studio rather than a restaurant. The kitchen turns out small masterpieces like ‘plin’ and ‘ tajerin’, the staples of Piedmont’s culinary tradition, which are available with numerous fillings and sauces, including vegan and vegetarian options. Before, after or as an accompaniment, diners can order meat from select Piedmont producers, delicious ‘ focaccia’ made with stone- ground flour and traditional desserts, including amaretto ice cream. Open Mon-Sat 12.45pm-7.30pm; Tues- Fri 7.45pm10.30pm. €€€. www. plinetajarin.it. Via G. Casalis, 59. T: 011 3828128. Map B3
Porto di Savona
One of the city’s oldest restaurants, Porto di Savona opened in 1863 when Turin was the capital of Italy. The restaurant is on the city’s beautiful Piazza Vittorio, and the warm interior is laid out like a 19th- century tavern, with Liberty- style decor, wooden boiserie, mirrors, 1940s furnishing accessories and walls decorated with period paintings and photographs. Its menu – don’t be misled by its name – features classic Piedmont cuisine including ‘vitello tonnato’, ‘agnolotti’, homemade pasta, braised meat, ‘ fritto misto’, ‘ bolliti’ ( boiled meats), ‘ Finanziera’ (a hearty dish of veal offal and cockscomb cooked with Marsala wine, vinegar and herbs) and, in winter ‘ bagna cauda’. Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm/ 7.30pmmidnight. foodandcompany.com. €€€. Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 2. T: 011 8173500. Map H5
Located in the trendy San Salvario district, Scannabue is extremely popular thanks to its warm, laid back atmosphere and its traditional, affordable cuisine, especially among the city’s young, hip crowd. In addition to classic regional recipes, including rabbit tuna, beef tartare and classic starters, it also serves a variety of fish dishes. Its wine list features a great selection of Piedmont labels including Arneis, Nebbiolo and Barbera. It’s advisable to book ahead. Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm/ 7.30pm-10.30pm. €€. scannabue.it. Largo Saluzzo, 25/ h. T: 011 6696693. Map E7
Stefano Fanti al Circolo dei Lettori
This unique restaurant is located at the Circolo dei Lettori, in the city’s 17th century Palazzo Graneri della Roccia. Formerly a private members club, the Circolo dei Lettori was a meeting place for Turin’s intellectuals, writers, poets and artists, seen in the rows of artist portraits that line the restaurant’s walls. Its traditional culinary offering is reinterpreted with a contemporary twist by chef Stefano Fantini. For an overview of regional specialties, make sure to try its tasting menu and, if you’re feeling bold, opt for the ‘ Finanziera’. Open 12.30pm-2.30pm/ 7.30pm-10.30pm. €€€. torino.circololettori.it/servizi/.
Via Bogino, 9. T: 011 4326828. Map G4