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The Best Restaurants in Turin

“Pick any of these spots for fantastic food and don’t forget to wash it down with a bottle of one of the spectacular wines from the Piedmontese soil.”

Plin agnolotti, tajarin, wholemeal polenta, Barbera braised veal cheek, vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce), bra sausage, vermouth, gianduja gelato, bicerin… This is Turin, home to a cuisine that, through the centuries, has been impacted by different rulers and religions, from Judaism (the region’s famous salsiccia di Bra, a raw sausage, was originally made without pork for the Jewish community of Cherasco) to the French influence of the royal Savoy family. Today, the city’s bars and restaurants benefit from the quality of raw ingredients from Porta Palazzo, the biggest open-air market in Europe. 

Turin boasts both cutting-edge and traditional cuisine: it is the capital of the region where the Slow Food movement started after all. Pick any of these spots for fantastic food and don’t forget to wash it down with a bottle of Nebbiolo, Ruchè or any of the spectacular wines from the Piedmontese soil.

QUADRILATERO ROMANO

Quadrilatero Romano still holds the Roman-era topography of the city and is acclaimed for both its new and historic addresses.

Caffè Al Bicerin – This café is renowned for the eponymous Turinese drink: the bicerin, an evolution of the 18th century bavareisa, a fashionable drink made with espresso, drinking chocolate, milk and syrup. Today, a version is also available with panna (whipped cream) instead of milk. 

Must Order: The bicerin (obviously) or the zabaione cream, made with fresh eggs whipped by hand to a soft and fluffy consistency.

Pastis – Best for lunch or aperitivo, Pastis encapsulates the early 2000s vibe of Turin’s nightlife and remains one of Quadrilatero’s main references.

Must Order: Fried anchovies and veal meatballs.

Tre Galli – Without a doubt a landmark in Quadrilatero: a 25-year-old restaurant filled with dynamism and a traditional Italian menu–the two secret ingredients for this go-to dinner spot. 

Must Order: You simply can’t help but order their unbeatable Plin agnolotti with sugo d’arrosto (roast sauce). 

Pescheria Gallina – Located in Piazza della Repubblica (with a second opening in the San Salvario area) and founded by Beppe Gallina, a fourth-generation fishmonger. When it comes to high quality fish, Gallina is still one of the city’s top addresses. 

Must Order: Fritto misto (fried fish) or literally anything fish- or seafood-based.

Tuorlo Vino & Cucina – A new and romantic address by chef Alessandro Avanzi with a short and affordable tasting menu or à la carte options with colorful and tasty sauces.

Must Order: Cauliflower with roccaverano robiola cheese and summer truffle; duck breast with carrots and whiskey.

Consorzio – This mind-blowing restaurant is renowned for its natural wines list, as well as for its menu focused on produce selected by Slow Food. Their tasting menu (39€) and à la carte options encapsulate all the knowledge of Piedmontese cuisine, and they don’t shy away from spotlighting offal. 

Must Order: Piedmontese-style steak tartare; Ruché wine-braised Piemontese beef and wholemeal polenta; ox bone marrow.

Unforgettable Experience – A striking, Michelin-starred restaurant by Christian Mandura. The entire restaurant is a 10-seat communal table where the experience itself is a revolutionary philosophy: the focal point of the menu is dedicated to vegetables and animal proteins are served as side dishes–a reflection on and challenge of our typical food consumption.

Must Order: The tasting menu (110€, drinks exclusive).

Bao Lab – Open since May, Bao Lab is a ghost kitchen with both delivery and pick-up options that offer gourmet gua bao sandwiches. The bao list is curated by Niccolò Giugni from Razzo and the products are mouth-watering! 

Must Order: Pork belly bao with miso mayo, peanuts and sesame; the raw shrimp bao with burrata stracciatella and confit datterino tomatoes; the sweet dulche de leche bao; mochi filled with Barbera braised octopus and Arnad bacon; beer from the Turin-based brewery Edit.

Barbaro – Might be hard to find: it doesn’t have a sign, nor an Instagram profile, but it’s definitely worth finding for its superbe wine list and the cool and contemporary bar design. The word-of-mouth wine bar  is recognizable by its pink marble.   

Must Order: Anything that sommeliers Stefano and Ottavia recommend!

Sedaghat – A great address for an Iranian breakfast (and for shopping, as the store also sells hand-crafted clothes).

Must Order: Their fantastic cakes, especially the saffron cake with pistachio grains.

Spaccio Vini e Olii – A spot for wine drinkers in Piazzetta IV Marzo, the most suggestive square of Quadrilatero. Highlights include the wooden, simple and intimate ambiance, the vast wine offering and the cheese and meat boards.

Must Order: The often-forgotten, rare Beaujolais crus; any of the boards–all their ingredients are high quality and consciously sourced.

Ristorante Tre Galli, Torino

CENTRO STORICO

Farmacia Del Cambio – Farmacia del Cambio, located in the same square as Palazzo Carignano (the first Italian Parliament), is the younger sister of the city’s most historical restaurant, 1757’s Ristorante Del Cambio by chef Matteo Baronetto. Farmacia del Cambio’s marble tables, its impeccable service and the pastries (from chef Fabrizio Galla) will blow your mind and palate.

Must Order: Gianduiotto (gianduja mousse, anice bavarese and a blackberry, orange and vanilla jelly); sweet truffles. 

Miretti – The best tramezzini beside Caffe Mulassano are at this historical cafeteria in the heart of the city.

Must Order: Gelato and tramezzini, the typical triangular Italian sandwiches, constructed from two slices of soft white bread with the crusts removed.

Platti – Under the porticos of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, this historical spot was founded in 1785 and frequented by illustrious writers such as Cesare Pavese and Luigi Einaudi.

Must Order: Hot chocolate; crunchy pralines; soft gianduiotti.

Luogo Divino – Informal yet elegant, Luogo Divino is a bustling spot from aperitivo to late-night drinks and offers one of the most compelling terroir-driven wine lists in the city. The tapas and small dishes are a mix of Piedmontese tradition with a hint of Brazilian vibes.

Must Order: Crouton with anchovies, butter and lemon; risotto with artichokes, creamed with pine seeds and brewer’s yeast; the tamagoyaki, Cantabrian anchovies, sour cream with orange, chard and dill flowers; the coconut mousse, karkadè, crunchy banana bread and lemon.

Razzo – A relaxed, quiet restaurant with a unique and refined menu curated by Chef Niccolò Giugni. Razzo also offers one of the most complete and jaw-dropping wine lists in the city.

Must Order: Red shrimp taco ceviche with coconut and sambuco; Tagliolini with saffron, crab and lemongrass; Peking pigeon.

Azotea – Chef Alexander Robles has perfectly brought the Nikkei cuisine–the synthesis between the culinary tradition of Peru and Japan–to Turin. Born in Peru, Robles’s great-grandmother was Japanese: he brings both influences to the 65€ tasting menu. The current menu is inspired by the Nazca lines, mysterious geoglyphs discovered in the 1920s in the Peruvian desert of Palpa. Because of drought these zoomorphic forms are still visible, immutable, after thousands of years while everything around them is constantly changing. At the restaurant’s bar, Matteo Fornaro makes signature drinks to be paired with the kitchen’s courses for an additional 35€.

Must Order: Some of the current pairings include OPALORO (caigua, corn mote, nuts, primosale cheese, thai basil, coriander, sweet corn) with SIP N°1 (hucatay pisco, lime, angostura, sugar, Franciacorta) and BALLENA (tuna, smoked tamarind leche, braised avocado) with SIP N°3 (green ancho, tarragon and boiled carrots extract, honey and saffron).

La Badessa – One of the most romantic views in Turin can be found at Rossella Ratclif’s restaurant in the heart of Piazza Carlina. The menu comes from deep research of historical Italian monasteries’ recipes.

Must Order: Santissima Annunziata from Fossano’s monastery: braised agnolotti with light roast sauce; S.Pietro & Paolo from Germagno’s monastery: veal cheek in Barolo wine with mashed potatoes and saffron. 

VANCHIGLIA AND REGIO PARCO 

These neighboring areas are bringing a younger and dynamic touch to the residential streets close to the Dora river. 

Barbiturici – When it comes to weekend strolls and brunches, Alberto Bonetto e Valentina Pozzi’s bar offers one of the best brunches in the city with plenty of gourmet club sandwiches, and bagels–best paired with one of their cocktails during boozy brunch.

Must Order: Scrambled eggs with salmon and toast; the carrot cake; cheesecake; any of the cocktails really!

Pai Bikery – Another spot with a mouth-watering brunch menu. Pai is a kitchen/bike repair store with a jaw-dropping cake window.

Must Order: Parmigiana pancakes; vegan carrot cake.

Monomono Bar – A multifaceted spot for a coffee, for aperitivo or for late drinks. Here, the curated vintage atmosphere embodies a mix of serene and cool Italian 70’s vibes–a hint of diner from New York’s Lower East Side and a hint of Hopper’s Nighthawks painting nostalgia. The music comes from the original Rock-Ola jukeboxes.

Must Order: The crumbly fried chicken and supplì; For drinks, Timojito (rhum, lime, linden honey, mint and ginger ale) and Monomono Smash (gin, basil, lemon, sugar and cedrata).

Goja – In the heart of Vanchiglia, Goja is the ideal spot for authentic Turinese food, where the warm ambiance and the house wine can make anyone feel like they’re at a friend’s festive gathering.

Must Order: Sformato di Castelmagno; battuta di carne cruda; sausage tagliatelle.

SAN SALVARIO

Scannabue – In its 12 years, this local trattoria has progressively become one of the most appreciated restaurants in the city and has been inserted in the Bib Gourmand’s Michelin guide. The decoration is traditional, vintage and cozy and this spot is ideal for both lunch and dinner.

Must Order: Barbera-braised veal cheek; salted cod cappuccino; Val Varaita gnocchi with Castelmagno Cheese and powder of Sage. Or just the 65€ menu for 2 people.

Isola – A hybrid spot dedicated to food, natural wines, art and even a tattoo studio. This place is the ideal spot for any moment of the day: from brunch to late-night drinks.

Must Order: Burger; gazpacho; French researched wines.

Monomono, Torino

PRECOLLINA

Casa Goffi – Between the Po river and Turin’s hills, Casa Goffi is the summer spot for aperitivo and dinner with creative pizzas. 

Must Order: Veggie tapas: tomini al semaforo (local cream cheese) with the red, yellow and green sauces; Bra pizza with stracchino cheese, bra sausage and hazelnuts grains.

Bar Briac – Go-to bar around the Gran Madre area and perfect for an end-of-summer aperitivo.

Must Order: Any wine from the list; board with mixed cold cuts and cheese.

CENISIA

Osteria Antiche SereLast but not least, a traditional Piedmontese bistrot, headed by Chef Daniele Rota and his sister Antonella, outside of the overrun grounds of the city center. There are dozens of reasons why this family business continues to fascinate tourists and locals, but the staff’s welcoming and open attitude is particularly special–even the Chef makes rounds of the tables to chat. This restaurant’s menu screams Piedmont. Buon appetito (if you happen to get a table)!

Must Order: Vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce); acciughe al verde (salted anchovies with persil, aioli and olive oil); tajarin with liver; hazelnut and eggnog cake. 

Farmacia Del Cambio

Ristorante Consorzio, Torino

Café Al Bicerin

Pastis

Tre Galli

Pescheria Gallina

Tuorlo Vino & Cucina

Consorzio

Unforgettable Experience

Bao Lab

Barbaro

Sedaghat

Spaccio Vini e Olii

Farmacia Del Cambio

Miretti

Platti

Luogo Divino

Razzo

Azotea

La Badessa

Barbiturici

Pai Bikery

Monomono Bar

Goja

Scannabue

Isola

Casa Goffi

Bar Briac

Osteria Antiche Sere