Eating out

Regional food

Trying local food is exploring Italy through something that represents a very important part of its culture and something Italians are very proud of. Gelato, pizza, and all the other exquisite food and beverages Italy is famous for, are certainly worth being tried. However, Italian food customs are very regional. Piedmont is famous for several different products: its chocolate (especially Giandujotti, made of chocolate and hazelnuts; Bicerin, a hot drink made of espresso, chocolate and whole milk), biscuits such as nocciolini, krumiri and paste di meliga, its wine (Barolo, Barbera, ...) and cheese, and for meals such as polenta, bagna caoda, risotto or fresh pasta such as agnolotti or taglierini.

You will find plenty of traditional Piedmontese restaurants and a number of affordable options to try some good regional meals all over the city centre, especially in San Salvario and Quadrilatero Romano districts.

The “aperitivo”

From 6/6.30 to 9/9.30 pm almost every bar serves the aperitivo: buying one drink you access to a buffet of food. Aperitivo used to be a pre-dinner drink, usually served with snacks. It has now transformed into a proper meal, “apericena” is sometimes called, and has got very popular. Aperitivo is very fashionable, very appreciated by young people and can be an excellent way to fit in Italian culture. And it is cheap: its prices range from 8 to 10 €.

Made in Piemonte

Piedmont is also where Slow Food organization was born, an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, promoting an alternative to fast food, preserving traditional and regional cuisine and encouraging sustainable local business and farming. Slow Food is synonym of quality and sustainability and many restaurants and eateries in Torino have joined it.