The traditional age-old art of pastry making is deeply rooted in Turin, and the city's confectionery is famous throughout the world. Sweet treats like ‘baci di dama', marron glacés and ‘giandujotti' were invented here and exported abroad, while others, which are more inherently Piedmontese, are well worth discovering. It's therefore no surprise that the city is inundated with top-level pastry shops. Although it's impossible to mention them all, we've compiled a list of several that are rated top in town. By Chiara Zaccarelli
If you visit just one of Turin’s historic locales, then it has to be the illustrious, belle epoque Caffè Platti. Opened in 1870, it soon became a social and cultural reference point for 20th-century Turin. Here, amidst mirrors, gilded stuccoes, inlaid walnut furniture and gold Louis XVI medallions, you can sample Piedmontese specialties like ‘bunet’, Meliga pastries, ‘bignole’ and Platti cake. Since 2017, the confectionery has been run by renowned patissier Guido Gobino, the king of Torinese chocolate. www.platti.it Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 72. T: 011 4546151.
This historic pastry shop, located just steps from the Mole, is famous for its hot chocolate, served with freshly whipped cream and marrons glacés (a candied chestnut covered with a sugar glaze). At Christmas, Ghigo excels with its famous ‘Nuvola di Ghigo’, a traditional ‘Pandoro’ covered with a butter icing and a generous sprinkling of icing sugar. www.pasticceriaghigo.it
Via Po, 52/b. T: 011 887017.
Pasticceria Venier, located in the heart of the centre, is another go-to destination to start (or end) your day on a sweet note. It’s famous for its ‘marocchino’ (coffee served in a small glass cup, with a dark chocolate base, topped with foamed milk and a sprinkling of bitter cocoa powder), but also its ‘briosche’, including its custard-filled ‘torciglione’ with a hint of lemon, and its Umbertino, a biscuit resembling a ‘bacio di dama’ but with, a double layer of chocolate and two amaretti instead of shortcake.
Via Monte di Pietà, 22. T: 011 541592.
In dialect, ‘Berlicabarbis’ means to ‘lick your lips’. A particularly apt name for a pastry shop that turns out approximately 20 different cakes a day, including cheesecake, tarts filled with custard and fresh fruit, Renetta apple caked and ricotta and pear tarts. The venue is infused with a warm, homely Provence-style atmosphere where, amidst cast iron teapots, French tin boxes, brightly-coloured cups and vintage trays, you can purchase traditional
Savoy biscuits, flower-based preserves, Leone candies and fruit preserved in honey. Vegan options are also available. berlicabarbis.com Corso Moncalieri, 214. T: 011 2074508.
Via Catania, 10. T:011 231032
FARMACIA DEL CAMBIO
A sophisticated Savoy-style ‘salotto’, created in the rooms of an old apothecary established in 1883, in the city’s beautiful piazza Carignano. Here, you’ll find a fabulous assortment of pastries by chef Fabrizio Galla including Veneziane, Sfogliatine, almond and orange cakes, bignès, ‘bonet’, fruit tartlets, millefeuille, hazelnut cakes and croissants. Also worth mention are the locale’s savoury offerings which include sandwiches, savoury snacks, crusty bread, bagels and more. A great place for lunch or an aperitivo. farmaciadelcambio.it. Piazza Carignano, 2. T: 011 19211250.
GALLERIA IGINIO MASSARI
First pastry shop of Iginio Massari, “Best Pastry Chef in the World” at the World Pastry Stars 2019 contest. Based on a new formula that visualizes a series of pastry shops that differ from one another, this is a multifunctional space. Open throughout the day, it houses and open-plan workshop in the basement plus two rooms where you can sample and purchase Massari’s sweet treats. Here you can find more tha 12 types of products, ranging from cakes to fruit jellies, croissants and bite-sized pastries, plus the signature Dolce Torino, a unique gianduia chocolate plumcake created exclusively to honour the city of Turin. Particolar attention is paid to packaging. www.iginiomassari.it. Piazza C.L.N., 232.
T: 011 4249343.