About Paola P
Lives in Turin, Italy
Since Jan 2006
50-64 year old female
I was born in Turin and I live in a small town close to Turin. When I can't travel, which I love, I visit Turin like a tourist: museums, events... There is a lot to visit and do in any season. I've also been a volunteer in some great event in the past. I'm glad to give advise to anybody visiting Turin.
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farmers Markets
Porta Palazzo is the largest open-air fresh produce market in Europe, complete with an indoor section selling meat, cheese, fish, and bread. With products sourced from every region of Italy, here you'll find any and all ingredients you might need to recreate your favorite Tuscan recipes at home. Enjoy the colors and the smells!
Eataly is both a restaurant and a fresh produce market, and everything sold or prepared here is certified for both its quality and its origin. My favorite part is the restaurant (attached to the comprehensive beer section) where you're served fresh bread made in-house and mineral water with every order. It's a must for any foodie visiting Turin!
Les Racines is a great no-frills, family-run restaurant. All dishes served here are prepared with great skill and care, using only the highest quality ingredients. There's a good selection of wine to choose from, too, plus a variety of unique liquors offered after dinner. Try the 'Vitello Tonnato' or the 'Agnolotti alle Nocciole' and you won't be disappointed!
Rice plays a central role in Turin cuisine, and if you're looking to try one of the best risottos in town, this is the right place for you. At Il Vicolo, there are more then ten different 'risotti' to choose from, including my personal favorite 'riso venere' (the black one). Risotto dishes come in two different sizes here: the so-called 'normal' (a huge dish!) and the half portion, which I recommend if you want to leave room for a delicious dessert!
'Masle' means butcher, and unsurprisingly, this restaurant serves excellent meat! Start your meal with a few different kinds of salami, and then choose either the tasting menu or a grilled steak, picked personally from the selection of meat presented to you raw on a cart. The restaurant's setting is also particularly picturesque, situated inside an old farm, and located in a small, quiet village.
One of the most recognizable characteristics of Piedmontese cuisine is its 'antipasti,' the appetizers. For an innovative selection of antipasti, where each dish will surprise you, you simply can't beat the elegant Trattoria Bel Deuit, which also happens to serve a great gnocchi with raschera cheese!
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! This small shop in Turin's center is simply heaven for any chocolate lover. Go for the hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream and a small chocolate truffle on the side!
This excellent ice-cream brand is served in several places in Turin, but the original coffee shop in Via Po — Fiorio Gelati — maintains a special appeal. Even Nietzsche loved it!
The 'Bicerin' was invented right here, and is still served up in style: in crystal glasses, by candle light. It's a simple but delicious beverage made with cream, freshly-made espresso and hot chocolate, whose precise quantities remain a secret and are what differentiates Caffe Confetteria's original from its numerous imitators around town.
Vermouth is a flavored fortified wine invented in Turin in 1786, and this museum tells the story of one of the most important local producers, Martini & Rossi, founded on July 1, 1863. An interesting spot at which to round off a foodie tour of Turin!