Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A piazza wide garden

Despite its very long industrial tradition, like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Turin has known how to change and renovate herself along the years. Many areas of the city have changed completely in the last 30 years, starting from downtown, the Lingotto area where  you can now visit Eataly - the very first one in the world! - and the Fiat factory turned into a shopping mall, to Piazza Risorgimento in the Campidoglio neighborhood.

We often describe Turin like the Italian MoTown thanks to the Fiat, but also as the Italian Philly because of its elegant 18th century architecture and most definitely, like the Italian Manhattan given the Roman grid our city was built on. Like many cities around the world though, Turin has also many artsy projects and neighborhoods that keep outside of the tourists' paths.

The Campidoglio neighborhood is one of these 'only local' areas buzzing with creativity and activities and for the 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital we wanted to provide an elegant excuse to visit this corner of Turin to share with our guests what the real Turin is like.
First of all, this is the location of MAU  - the urban art museum: an outdoor contemporary art museum that spreads its 147 colorful murales on the faΓ§ades of many buildings along the streets of the hood.

And then of course, there is the piazza, the core of the hood, the microcosm of the city and the whole country. Piazza Risorgimento used to be a playground up to the 1990s, then it went through different metamorphoses and, after becoming the first smart piazza, in Italy in 2016, it is now a very green urban garden, thanks to the association Orti In Piazza or vegetable gardens in the piazza.

This urban garden counts 25 plots of 2.3 sqm/yd wide and the association provides the soil, the irrigation system, the gardening tools and the supervision of a horticulturist tutor.

Orti in Piazza organizes many events to involve the neighborhood residents and the schools, in fact, one plot is currently being cultivated by the kids of the hood public kindergarten - yes, in the Slow Food land, we are very big on seasonal and local food education πŸ˜‰
As this public garden also has a bocce court, it goes without saying that, after the many bbqs, cooking classes, cleaning and painting sessions, the association members relax with a fun bocce game!

Barbara on the left and Giuliana on the right

Giuliana Dorrucci

Special thanks to Giuliana Dorrucci for introducing Turin Epicurean Capital to this Turin's initiative and welcoming our guests to get a real feel of this neighborhood and our city.
Giuliana is an architect with many interests. She's a native of Rome and worked in Sweden after completing her degree in architecture. In her free time, she sings in a choir, hikes in the mountains and loves taking care of her plot with her friend Barbara. Her green heart is very committed to the Orti in Piazza's projects.

On Wed, June 26th 2019, Giuliana and the head of the association will show the TurinEpi19 guests the plots and how the residents take advantage of such a beautiful piazza.

Then, our friend and artist, Grazia Mondo will teach the TurinEpi19 cooking class, getting everybody at work: kneading, mixing and folding in πŸ’ͺ to prepare our delicious dinner πŸ˜‹
An architect by profession, Grazia has a very creative soul and is now making jewelry, bags and taking classes to refine her artisan techniques. Given her passion for gardening and cooking, we absolutely had to involve her in this 6th edition πŸ™†

Mark this unique corner of Turin down and come visit the piazza Risorgimento. You can easily reach it from Piazza Statuto, walking through the Art Nouveau palazzos of Cit Turin. Or with a 10min subway ride from the Porta Nuova station to the Bernini one + a 5 minute walk.

See you all in piazza among the plots, amici!


Saturday, May 11, 2019

herbal alchimies in Turin

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital will see the participation of two women of the historic and world renown 'booze system' 😁: Monica Buzio and Paola Pressi.

Monica inside the distillery

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Amanda Jack's Turin

We are happy to share a guest post by our Twitter and Instagram friend Amanda Jack πŸ™†

Amanda is a writer, student, wife, mother and Grandmother. Dividing her time between homes in the North east of Scotland and the Piedmont Region of Italy, she patiently awaits the day she can perfect the Italian language. Until then, she enjoys writing about her adventures and reviewing books, mainly those set in and around Italy. 

Enjoy her perspective on Turin and do like her: come over!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring risotto

Despite the weather hasn't made up its mind yet, we are in the spring and some days are getting really warm. To enhance our spring mood we are sharing our lemon and ginger risotto recipe πŸ˜‹ However we would like to underline how oranges, mandarins and lemons make for great all year long risottos!

By the way, this will be our Easter risotto 😜

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

galleria Subalpina

If the number of gallerias could define the cultural level of a city and its flair for art, no doubt Turin would always make the top of the list!

Galleria Subalpina in Piazza Castello

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April in Turin

April always makes a great month to visit Turin: the days are longer and the weather is generous enough to allow you to eat out in the many cozy piazzas and pedestrian streets.

Besides our humongous Easter chocolate eggs, and the endless list of artisan chocolate makers, you should try before the chocolate season ends, there are also other events that make April a good month to visit Torino.

Most events of 2019 happen after Easter. So, if you are planning a visit in the first 3 weeks of April check our suggestions here.

If you tango: just imagine what an experience it is to dance inside the Venaria Royal Palace during the Tango days on April 19th-21st

The Royal Palace of Venaria is Turin's Versailles

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

green risotto

March means green and Saint Paddy's Day πŸ’š so we are sharing with you one of green rice based dishes: our staple risotto with peas and mint πŸ™† 
Easy and healthy, it will be feasible virtually everywhere you are in the world, as long as you have access to any kind of white rice, frozen or fresh peas and fresh mint leaves. 
In order to preserve the fresh aroma of the mint and the peas flavor, we recommend you use white wine but, in case you happen to have it handy, a mild white beer will do too... and if worse comes to worse, you can always omit it for a lighter flavor.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Galleria Umberto I

Turin is magic in many ways but first and foremost in our décor 😎 in fact, we have not only one beautiful Art Nouveau galleria but three!!
Today we are sharing the story of Galleria Umbero I in the Porta Palazzo market area.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Turin University

the historic university building from the 1700
Back in the 2006, a Winter Olympic Games TV ad said 'the whole world comes to Turin', and indeed many famous people have passed through Turin much earlier than 2006, fell in love with our city, chose it to spend a part of their lives and even study here!

Besides an airport - look up for TRN - Turin also has one of the oldest Italian, and of the world, universities!!

Founded in 1404, the current university structure, including the labs, the classrooms and all the offices are spread out from the 1700 Rectorate building, in downtown Via Po, to many mini campuses that reach out as far the Turin's suburb.

Unlike North American and British universities, Turin doesn't have just one whole area devoted to the university, because this one has grown over the centuries following the city's life and it urban developments.
Each school or college has its own library, located in its own building or mini campus; the university dorms are also spread out all over Turin to be located nearby the different schools or colleges.

Generally speaking, when referring to the University of Turin, the locals mean 2 institutions: the Liberal Arts School, located near Mole Antonelliana and Via Po and Politecnico where the Engineering and Architecture Schools have their administration.

Monday, February 11, 2019

aphrodisiac risotto

For this Valentine's Day we are sharing one of our risotto recipes: THE aphrodisiac risotto to help you friends get in the right mood πŸ˜‰

Many of you already know about the benefits of ginger, a powerful root that has been used for centuries in China.
Being related to cardamom and turmeric, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal natural remedy for nausea (during pregnancy and chemotherapy too), cold, flu and help digestion, thus stimulating appetite... 
It is also very good for people who regularly exercise because it reduces muscle pain. On top, it helps lowering blood sugars - making it a great anti-diabetic - and cholesterol, it is one of the oldest pain reliefs and it helps burning fats too!
According to some studies ginger protects the brain from Alzheimer and the body from infections.

Friday, February 1, 2019

pumpkin risotto

Despite all the differences that divide us, sometimes we are forcibly brought together by an external common circumstance like these days: the extreme cold weather!
As many areas of the world are going through some exceptionally freezing temperatures, we can only think about one thing to keep ourselves warm and happy:

Pumpkin Risotto 

with red ale ... optional

topped with (optional) crunchy bacon bites... 


Monday, January 21, 2019

our sweet emergency kit

During college, or studying abroad, or working far from home, raise up your hand, amici, if you haven't received at least one care package sent by a thoughtful relative or friend!
How soothing it was, wasn't it?

Well, as for us, besides being the happy recipients of a very much appreciated basic necessities bag put together by Chiara of Latteria Bera we were also awarded a sweet emergency kit πŸ™†

Friday, January 11, 2019

foodies' basic necessities

Some weeks ago we talked to you about Chiara and her nonna's dairy, Latteria Bera founded in Turin in 1958.
Now you may think that any dairy is the same and all you can get is just dairy based products. Sure, they may differ locally, but it's always cheese, butter, milk, eggs and yogurt, and that's basically it.
Well, that's not the case with this historic latteria that is more to be considered like a gourmet dairy and a small production specialty shop 😎 

Today we would like to share with you what Chiara's basic necessities bag contained for us... just in case you needed some culinary shopping ideas when in Turin πŸ˜‰