To share our bountiful culture in 2014, Lucia Hannau started Turin Epicurean Capital, at first a yearly event in Turin with food, wine, travel professionals, bloggers, local artists, designers, authors and producers. And soon after, the vida royal tours with tastings and privates were launched. As Turinepi has grown so have the requests by clients moving to Italy and Italians too.

Thanks to our big team and Turin Epicurean network, we now devote our business to cater for our clients.

Welcome to Turin Epicurean Capital!

Mastermind: Lucia Hannau

Born and raised in Turin, NW Italy with a cosmopolitan mindset, Lucia studied abroad in different countries before graduating (BA + MA) in American Studies, English and French literature and history, with a dissertation about the Native American visual arts. 
A Buckeye alumna, she completed her MA in French and Italian at The Ohio State University. Successively, she was the Italian Language Program Director at Purdue University for 9 years. 
This is when her passion for the authentic Italian cuisine, the art of cooking, high quality ingredients and uncommon wines blossomed. When she started craving for her favorite dishes and just couldn't find certain original flavors. Unlike most Italians who discovered home baking during the pandemic, Lucia started baking her own focaccia and grissini back in the Midwest, where she shared her recipes with her students, colleagues and taught a very successful large enrolment Italian food class. 
Making her own Bolognese sauce, frying Mardi Gras bugie or fritters and exploring the traditional Italian cuisines became a cathartic experience that brought Lucia back to Italy.

Lucia is also a specialized interpreter and translator; since 2014, she has been customizing tours, consulting with companies and assisting international and Italian clients. An avid yoga, pilates and yogalates practitioner since 2002, Lucia has been teaching privates since 2015.

To these days, Lucia still looks at Turin with amazed eyes and with the same perspective she conceived Turin Epicurean Capital, with the purpose of placing Turin & Piedmont on the international foodie map.


Expert team

Alberto Bonis
A graduate of Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, the Turin fine arts academy, Alberto is a very talented artist, illustrator, graphic designer, educator and visual communication artist. His works range from fiction to comics, including educational publications, for both print and digital editions.
He has also experience as an art director for publishing houses and board game companies, and as an art teacher for adults and children. In fact, he designed and taught art workshops in some Turin public elementary schools. Currently, he is corporate image designer and webmaster for different companies, organizations and e-zines. He has a passion for cooking, edgy kitchen gadgets and enjoys travelling the world incognito.

Armin Niknam
Armin is an Iranian literature student who has been living in Turin since 2011. He's working as a teacher and he's really into human sciences, critical theory and history. He believes he receives his strongest influences from Karl Marx and Michel Foucault. He has also worked as a literary translator.
Armin is a vegetarian and in his free time he cycles on the Piedmont roads.

Top Supporters in  Turin

Br. Alfrefo Centra
Director of De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin, Br. Alfredo Centra believes in the direct interaction between education, culture and community. Scholar, art lover and traveler, Br. Centra fulfills his mission as an educator, school manager and a member of the De La Salle Brotherhood by making of Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin a center for unique art exhibits and providing his students with new educational possibilities to broaden their horizon and potential.

Federalberghi Torino - Turin Hotel Association
FedTo Turin chapter of the Italian Federation of Hotel owners, member of Confturismo - the Italian Association of Hotels and Tourism, U.R.A.P.A.- the regional union of the Piedmont associations of hotel owners, Confcommercio  - the Italian federation of business owners and Ascom, the Turin business owner association.

Partner Hotels

Best Western Plus Hotel Genova
directed by Mr Fabio Borio.
Fabio graduated in architecture and is the 4th generation to direct his family business: Hotel Genova.
His life is pretty much devoted to the hotel where he grew up but in his little free time, he's a technology geek.
He loves photography and scuba diving.

Cecilia is in the middle
Best Western Hotel Genio 
directed by Ms Cecilia Garetto and her family.
Cecilia graduated in engineering in Turin, in her free time, she enjoys movie nights with her family, hiking in the mountains and organizing picnics.
Eating out with her husband is a real treat and they take advantage of the best Turin's restaurants.
Had she more time, she would take on a couple hobbies: furniture and jewelry because they are very relaxing.

Best Western Plus Executive Hotel and Suite
directed by Ms Chiara Ferrua and her husband.
Chiara has just had a baby who totally redefined her routine and life. A proud Turinese, she has experienced first hand the city's cultural "rebirth" in the past 10 years.
She loves traveling especially at the sea. Because of her great imagination she loves sci-fi, both in literature and cinema. A real epicurean at heart, always with an eye on fashion, she is a big fan of the top Italian cuisine, great Italian wines and Italian style in the world.

Turin Epicurean Capital Event Interpreters

A big heartfelt GRAZIE to all the interpreters who made Turin Epicurean Capital possible from 2014 to 2019.

Benedetta Oggero
Alessandra Mazzocchi
Mattia Barroero

Chiara Cumino
Carolina Ghivarello
Stefania La Mattina
Armin Niknam
Abigail Pinheiro Soares

Dalila Brancone
Chiara Cumino
Carlotta Rinaudo
Anna Zammarchi

Gaia Prunotto
Maria Giulia Sarti
Giovanna Schimmenti
Elena Stella

Gaia Prunoto
Gabriele Sanna
Silvia Vignali

Silvia Battaglia
Maria Oliva
Ginevra Palumbo
Yan Wan Hua