Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ishita's love letter to Turin

Ishita at Al Bicerin here in Turin!
This week we are sharing our friend Ishita's second post, you can read the first one about Sacra di San Michele here.

Ishita Sood is an Indian blogger hopelessly in love with all things Italian. She pens downs her travels in her blog Italophilia and makes it a point to visit Italy every year. And naturally, we hope to see her very often right here in Turin.

Follow her on her stories and her great pictures of Italy on her Instagram account

My Love Letter to Turin

Italo Calvino once said, “Turin is a city which entices a writer towards vigor, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way towards madness.”
If someone had asked me about Turin 5 years ago, I probably would have shrugged and told them I didn’t know anything about the city. It was only after being hopelessly in love with all things Italian and reading Lucia’s wonderfully researched blog (, that I found interest in Turin. I now know that there are at least 3 things from in and around Turin that I regularly use in my life. These are-- the Martini drink, the chocolate brand Ferrero Rocher and the evening ritual of aperitivo or aperitif as we know commonly in India.
That’s Turin summed up for you all!

Agnolotti (meat filled ravioli) with gravy

A gastronomical delight, Turin got on the top of my list about 3 years ago out of sheer curiosity. I was very interested to see the city and decide for myself whether it was worth more trips or not. I am so happy to tell you that Turin did not disappoint me even a tad. Visit Turin for its food, wine and architecture, the city deserves attention for its delicious Bicerin and chocolates, rich cultural heritage, well known Baroque styled piazzas and old world trams.

famous Turin coffee bicerin at Al Bicerin coffee shop

With the most beautiful location at the foothills of the Alps, Turin is a city that inspires. There is a certain elegance in the air and you might instantly notice that Turin doesn’t call for attention. It is classy, regal and undeniably stylish!

Piazza San Carlo

If you look back at your Italian trip, did you ever think of visiting Turin?? Probably not…. Because unfortunately, Turin isn’t as well known. It is a city with some of the best food and wine and it is a pity that it isn’t yet on the “must visit” sites of Italy. 
I am amazed by this city and already have a list of things to do next time I am there.

Piazza Vittorio

Text and pictures
Ishita Sood

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Marco Giachello, a real chef from Piedmont

The chef is an artist who shapes nature's ingredients into dishes that are deeply rooted in their territory. Preserving the original flavors and atmospheres has always been an important concept in Italian cuisine and even more in Piedmont where Slow Food was born.
The bond between the chef and his/her home region is vital because it emphasizes how local specialties vary town to town around the year and how they can be developed to adapt to a more modern taste.

Chef Marco Giachello shaving white truffles over his egg tajarin

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Strolling around Turin

Follow our Twitter friend, Michael Hindley strolling around Turin through his favorite parts of our city.

Michael was educated at London University and the Free University of West Berlin and is a former Member of the European Parliament.
Michael has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.
He writes and lectures on European politics and divides his time between his native Lancashire and Evian-les-Bains, France.
Follow Michael on Twitter @HindleyLancs

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dong Film Fest

Fall in Turin is a rather rich season of events, especially for all those who love cinema. As Italian cinema was born in Turin - that was the Hollywood of silent productions in 1910s, it doesn't come as a surprise that we are now hosting such a unique festival as the Dong Film Fest.

Friday, October 20, 2017

nocciolini di Chivasso

Only three ingredients are needed to make this traditional tiny amaretto-shaped cookies from Chivasso, a small town in the Canavese area, 13 minutes by train north of Turin.

super tiny and delicious nocciolini di Chivasso

Friday, October 13, 2017

Lyn fascinated by Turin!

Back in October 2015, through Instagram we connected with Louise Rhodes, an Aussie friend with a passion for food, wine and travel. 
The following month, on November 1st, we accompanied her at Manuela Gomez  to pick her "on demand made in Turin" wedding shoes for her wedding in May 2016.

Friday, October 6, 2017