It’s Saturday evening. The Sun is getting down behind the Alps, shops are closing, in the city center the number of cars is increasing from minute to minute and finding a free parking space ir becomes a real mission impossible. Saturday night fever starts officially… Turin’s citizens, regardless the age and wallet condition, are going out to meet with friends or simply to eat out.
In Italy evening usually starts with a nice aperitivo – which consist on snacks (mini sandwiches, peanuts, or even some hot dishes offered as a buffet) included in a price of alkohol drink. The trend of aperitivo as a social phenomenon has started at the bigining of 20th century in Milan – at first it was as a glass of wine served with olives. However the aperifi as a kind of alcohol (18-35 % of alcohol) – drink flavored with herbs and spices – was born in Turin in 1786 when Antonio Benedetto Carpano created vermouth as apetite stimulant, when served before a meal. These days aperitivo is a fantastic opportunity to hang out with friends or simply a it’s an economical way to satisfy first hunger before the main meal.
Especially that in Italy people eat dinner late. When going out with friends I usually ended up with eating dinner at 9.00 p.m if not later. After eating some aperitivo which are served in bars and coffee shops after 5 p.m. till dinner time (some times even later) evening continues in one of many restaurants in city.
In Turin you will find restaurants of many types and different cuisines. One of many is Piano B in via Mazzini. A great place to taste wonderful pizzas. They use natural yeast and their pizzas are cooked in a wood oven. The restaurant is a cozy place, situated in two floors, with elegant coaches and interesting accessories. In the menu you can find pizzas but also dishes based on meat, fish or frutti di mare. I tasted flavored squids served with green asparagus. Quite unusual, simple and delicious dish.
I used to finish eating dinner in Turin around midnight. While walking to the car I often saw a lot of people, squares full of live, and crowded clubs. There are some streets that during the day are very quite and only at night they start to beat with their own life.
Corso Casale, the street outside the city center, directed to famous Superga is one example. It’s full of nice restaurants, like Antico Casale that offers great cuisine of Apulia region. A walking distance from there you will find also sushi bars, pizzarie and Revolucion with Mexican food. The restaurant is run by original Mexicans, the place os nicely decorated, spacious, perfect for a date or a meeting with fiends.
In my opinion the best pizza in Turin you can eat in the restaurant Fratelli La Cozza, in corso Regio Parco. The neighborhood is not really nice, and not much touristic, despite il Balon. Il Balon it’s a flea market takes place every Saturday, and every second Sunday of month it transforms into Gran Balon with hundreds of stands. The restaurant Fratelli La Cozza is only one in the whole chain Food Company. As a curiousity, the owner of the group is Piero Chiambretti, a famous Italian TV presenter. The place is huge, arranged in a former factory and it’s decorated in a fanny and usnusual way. Outside Turin, in Beinasco you can go to L’Angolo Partenopeo, specialized in pizzas, frutti di mare and fish dishes.
Of course center of Turin is full of great restaurants as well. I liked very much El Centenario, just few steps from Piazza Solferino. Great food (I found it even better than in Revolucion) and a specious place.
If you happen to visit some good restaurants, please write about it!