The Insider’s Guide to Turin Food and Wine

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Exploring Turin food and wine is one of my absolute favorite things, so a Girl’s Gotta Drink Insider’s Guide is a must! My foodie pro, Elena, is from Turin, so she helped me with this guide to give you the city’s most flavorful adventures!

Welcome to Turin: Italy’s gastronomic capital

In Turin, culinary delights and delectable flavors greet you at every turn. In this article, join us for a mouthwatering journey through the city, uncovering the best Turin food spots to satisfy every palate. Along the way, learn about Piedmont cuisine as well as some of the area’s most interesting gastronomic and cultural traditions. 

From traditional trattorias serving up traditional pasta dishes to modern fusion restaurants blending innovative flavors, the vibrant Turin food scene caters to every taste and preference. Whether you crave the creamy indulgence of authentic gelato, the earthy richness of truffles, or melt-in-your-mouth Piedmontese chocolates, the city has it all.

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Treat your senses to an exquisite culinary experience at Turin’s iconic restaurants and piolas

Relish the diverse array of Piedmont cuisine, from the famous bagna cauda to carne cruda, vitello tonnato to insalata russa, agnolotti alla piemontese to tajarin, brasato, and of course bunet (or is it bonet!?) Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Turin’s historic cafes, where you indulge in the perfection of Italian espresso or Bicerin, perfectly paired with gianduiotto.


DEFINED: LA PIOLA

La Piola is the Piemontese equivalent to an osteria or trattoria. During your Turin food adventures, expect to see the word it a lot.


Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure through the streets of Turin with gastronomic treasures at every stop. Whether you’re a foodie seeking authentic Italian cuisine or a traveler looking for an unforgettable dining experience, Turin leaves you craving for more.

Traditional Turin food and dishes

Renowned for its traditional Piemontese dishes, the cuisine of Turin has been passed down through generations. 

Piedmontese Antipasti 

Italian meals usually start with a mix of starters that vary by region; in Turin, find bagna cauda, carne cruda, vitello tonnato, and insalata russa.

  • Bagna Cauda: A warm fondue-like dip made with garlic, anchovies, and olive oil. Enjoy the savory dish the traditional way: with a mix of fresh vegetables, such as artichokes, peppers, and carrots. Bagna Cauda’s combination of flavors create a unique taste experience that tantalizes your taste buds. Warning: The flavors linger, so maybe don’t eat it on a first day!
  • Carne Cruda: The popular Piedmont antipasto translates to “raw meat” – this is how the Piedmontese do beef tartare. Usually made with the region’s famed Fassona beef, sourced from trusted producers who adhere to the highest of quality standards and sustainability. Fassona is a breed known for its tenderness and fine marbling.
  • Vitello Tonnato: For locals and visitors a like, the benchmark of any traditional Piedmont restaurant is set by their vitello tonnato. The dish features thinly sliced, poached veal, dressed elegantly in a velvety tuna and caper sauce. The dish’s star is its creamy sauce made from high-grade canned tuna, mayonnaise, capers, anchovies, lemon juice, and olive oil. The combination of tender veal slices and the rich, savory tuna sauce creates a harmonious medley of tastes. 
  • Insalata Russa: Also known as Russian Salad typically includes boiled potatoes, carrots, and peas, all finely diced, then mixed with homa-made mayonnaise. Additionally, hard-boiled eggs provide protein and contributing to the salad’s hearty nature. 
vitello tonnato
A favorite vitello tonnato wine pairing is the region’s medium-bodied Roero Arneis white wine. For a red, try the lesser-know indigenous red of gringolino or barbera.
carne cruda
Don’t fear the raw meat! The area’s unique Fassona cattle is
renowned for its tenderness and flavor resulting from muscular hypertrophy, commonly known as double muscling.

Piedmontese Pasta 

Every region of Italy has their own pasta style and preparation methods, often dictated by things like local ingredients and tradition. Piedmont pasta is typically rich made of eggs, butter, and lard. Regions that were traditionally more poor in central and southern Italy, like Tuscany, Sicily, etc. couldn’t use eggs in their pasta. 

Further to Piedmont pasta, olive trees are not grown in the cooler northern part of the country, thus the use of lard and butter. 

Agnolotti alla Piemontese: A must-try dish in Turin, agnolotti is a ravioli-like pasta filled with a mixture of meats, vegetables, and cheese. These small, plump parcels are typically served with a rich meat sauce, like a veal reduction, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. 


Agnolotti del Plin

Of special note among the variations of this Piemontese pasta is agnolotti del plin, which originated in the Langhe. The pasta gets its name from how it is sealed, with a pinch. In Piemontese dialect a pinch is plin. Find plin often topped with a simple decadent butter and sage sauce. One of the most historic and unusual traditions for enjoying plin was to serve in a bowl of wine using region’s daily red of dolcetto. 

Piemontese pasta
Agnolotti del plin is traditionally made with three roast, ground meats: pork, veal, and rabbit.

Tajarin: A long, fine ribbon-like pasta, typically tajarin measures 4 to 5 millimeters wide. The rich Piedmont pasta has a deep golden color that comes from the traditional preparation that calls for 30 egg yolks. During truffle season, enjoy tajarin pasta with creamy mountain butter and truffle shavings. 

tajarin
Cooking classes are favorite activity to explore Turin food. Traditional pasta (like this tajarin), pizza, bread, and more!

Piedmontese Main: Brasato

The most iconic Piedmont main dish is brasato. Using a high-quality beef cut, often the tougher but more flavorful ones like chuck or brisket, the meat marinades and slowly braises in a flavorful mixture that typically includes red wine (often Barolo), broth, aromatic herbs, and vegetables. Slow cooking allows the meat to absorb the marinade’s intricate flavors, resulting in a tender and succulent dish.

Piedmontese Desserts

Bunet (or Bonet): The preparation of Bunet involves creating a custard-like mixture by combining cocoa, sugar, and eggs. Amaretti cookies are then ground into a fine powder and added to the mixture, giving it both texture and its distinct almond flavor. Some recipes also include a touch of espresso or coffee, which enhances its chocolatey richness.


Turin Food Fun Fact: 

It’s common to see the dessert spelled as Bunet or Bonet. In fact, this is the case for many regional Piedmont foods or dishes that retain name from Piemontese dialect. I found this curious and was explained that the dialect was not written, only spoke. Thus, historic records are limited to word-of-mouth on the food names and recipes. 


Artisan Chocolate in Turin: For those with a sweet tooth, Turin offers the much-loved Piedmontese chocolates. Find handcrafted chocolates in Turin in various flavors, including hazelnut, almond, and gianduja

Turin Bicerin: No visit to Turin would be complete without trying the city’s famed ‘bicerin,’ a traditional drink made with layers of espresso, chocolate, and cream. 

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Chocolate in Turin.

Popular Turin food markets

Porta Palazzo Market

Explore the vibrant atmosphere of Turin’s food markets, where you discover a wide array of regional specialties. Turin’s Porta Palazzo Market is the largest open-air market in Europe and is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Here, you can find an abundance of fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, as well as a variety of local meats and seafood.

  • Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 10152 Torino TO
  • Hours: Open Monday to Saturday daily (closed Sunday) from 7:00 to 14:00. 

Mercato di Porta Palazzo Fun Fact:

The prices are so good and quality of ingredients so high that some neighboring towns in southern France organize weekly bus trips for residents to do their shopping.

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Mercato Porta Palazzo.

Balôn Market 

For those seeking a more unconventional and vintage-inspired shopping experience in Turin, Balôn Market is a must-visit. Discover unique clothing pieces, soak in the local atmosphere, and explore the city’s rich history through this vibrant market. WIth over 250 stands and more than 50 shops, find the market on the Turin streets of Borgo Dora, Lanino, Mameli, and Canale Molassi. 

Every second Sunday of the month the Balôn transforms into the Gran Balôn, a much bigger mercato and with a wider selection of antiques for enthusiasts.

  • Address: Via Vittorio Andreis, 7, 10152 Torino TO
  • Hours: 
    • The Saturday Balon runs weekly from 7:00 to 18:00. 
    • The Gran Balôn runs the second Sunday of the month from 8:00 to 18:00. 

Where to enjoy Turin food: Our favorite local restaurants and trattorias 

While Turin is home to many well-known restaurants, find some of the best culinary experiences off the beaten path. These local trattorias and osterias offer an authentic taste of Turin, with dishes prepared from traditional recipes and locally-sourced ingredients. 

Farmacia del Cambio, for a royal lunch: Located in the heart of Turin, Farmacia del Cambio offers a unique dining experience in a historic setting. Housed in a former pharmacy, the restaurant combines traditional Piedmontese flavors with a touch of innovation. The restaurant features an outdoor seating area, and given its location in Piazza Carignano, it goes without saying that taking a break there is delightful.

Scannabue, where the locals dine: Immerse yourself in a vintage ambiance at this establishment, where books, trinkets, and furnishings transport you to the early 20th century. While the cuisine is inspired by the region, it’s the culinary technique that truly captivates: the rabbit tuna, slow-cooked in a jar, is extraordinary, and the beef cheek with mashed potatoes is elevated by a remarkably intense sauce. Authentic offerings and impeccable quality define the dining experience here!

Luogo Divino, for the wine lovers: Right in the city center, find this Turin restaurant close to the Mole Antonelliana. Known for its curated wine selection and delectable cuisine, creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The menu highlights regional flavors with a creative twist.

Magazzino 52, another Turin restaurant for wine lovers: With a small kitchen and dining room flanked by bottles for dine-in or takeaway, the ristorante came to be as a passion project by three friends with a deep love and appreciation for good food and wine. With few tables, make sure to book in advance! 

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Magazzino 52, amazing food and wines. Take a bottle (or two!) with you.

Vegetarian and vegan dining in Turin

Surprisingly, while Piedmontese cuisine is primarily known for meat-based recipes, find some of the most enticing vegetarian and vegan Italian dishes in Turin.

  • L’Orto gia Salsamentario: It offers a cuisine that blends tradition and innovation, entirely vegan. A must try? Their ravioli version with their seitan roast sauce.
  • Flower Burger: known for its colorful and creative plant-based burgers. The restaurant emphasizes eco-friendly practices, from the sourcing of ingredients to the packaging used for takeout orders.
  • Il Gelato Amico: Exceptional vegan gelato, undoubtedly the best in the city! Try the soy whipped cream; both the texture and the taste are delicious!

Turin’s famous cafes and pastry shops

Turin is famous for its historical cafes, where you enjoy Italian espresso and indulge in sweet treats. Our favorites: 

  • Caffè Torino: A gathering place for intellectuals, artists, and locals since 1903. Here, sip a perfectly brewed espresso while enjoying the elegant surroundings and soaking in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Our popular Turin Gastronomic Walking Tour starts here to give you a taste of one of the best espressos in the city! 
  • Pasticceria Pfatisch: For sweet treats, a visit to Pasticceria Pfatisch is a must. Indulge in the rich tradition of a pastry shop with a long and illustrious history. Pick from an array of pastries, chocolates, and exquisite cakes. Here, chocolate reigns supreme, showcasing it in all its glory through the pastry’s signature Festivo cake. The delectable treat features luscious chocolate cream sandwiched between two layers of chocolate meringue and adorned with chocolate curls! It simply doesn’t get more chocolatey than this…!
  • Caffè Al Bicerin: Enjoy the city’s famous indulgent beverage at the historic Caffè Al Bicerin, which has been serving this iconic drink since the 18th century. Sit back, relax, and savor every sip of this decadent creation.
Turin Bicerin
Make sure to try Turin’s iconic layered drink of Bicerin, layered with espresso, chocolate, and cream. 

Turin Wine Experiences

Turin is located in the heart of the Piedmont region, which is renowned for its wine and cheese production. A visit to the city is incomplete without some wine experiences – from cheese pairing and education to Barolo wine tours to exploring the ancient Vermouth di Torino, treat your palate. 

Wine and Cheese tasting

Head to Vineria i 3 Galli, in the heart of the Quadrilatero district,  a wine bar that offers a wide selection of local wines, including the region’s famous Barolo and Barbaresco.

Pair your wine with a selection of Piedmont cheeses, such as Castelmagno and Robiola. The rich and flavorful cheeses perfectly complement Piedmont wines, creating a sensory experience that leaves a lasting impression. Ask the staff for their recommendations for the best tasting experience.

Piedmont Cheese
Piedmont cheese.

Explore the Turin Vermouth Scene

Vermouth is an aromatized wines that’s been loved for centuries. What isn’t widely know is that its commercial origins can be traced to Turin. Like other local herbalists, Turin-based Antonio Benedetto Carpano used the abundance of botanicals in the Alpine foothills to create his product. Then, turning into a commercial success. 

What is Vermouth?

Vermouth is an aromatized wine infused with botanicals, then fortified with unaged brandy. The brandy gives it a longer shelf life than wine, but oxidizes after about a month, so make sure to refrigerate.

Explore Vermouth di Torino with unique cocktails all over the city, tasting and education sessions, and just outside of Turin, try a vermouth blending class at Martini & Rossi. Read all about Vermouth di Torino

vermouth di torino
Martini & Rossi joined the commercial Turin vermouth scene in 1863 when salesman Alessandro Martini joined forces with accountant Teofilo Sola and herbalist / liqueur expert Luigi Rossi. Together, the three used a variety of marketing tactics and high-quality products to make vermouth a popular beverage all over the world. Today, Martini & Rossi sells some six million cases a year, 70 percent are made in Piedmont.

Barolo Wine Tours

A Barolo wine tour is just a train ride away! Click below to read how to do a Barolo day trip to Turin for a magical exploration of Piedmont wines! These day trips are some favorites with Girl’s Gotta Drink readers! 


The Barolo wine region is just a train ride away! 

How to Do A Barolo Day Trip from Turin


Turin street food culture

The urban landscape is dotted with numerous fantastic dining experiences and street food vendors, ensuring there’s something to satisfy your cravings, no matter your tastes and preferences.

Gofreria Piemonteisa: Located next to Piazza Castello, Gofreria Piemonteisa is an essential destination to experience genuine local street food. The Gorfi boast a time-honored legacy tracing back to the 1700s. What sets these treats apart is their absence of milk and eggs, making them exceptionally airy, crisp, and easy to digest. Place your order and they prepare and fill the delicacies – both sweet and savory ingredients – on the spot. Enjoy not only nutritional richness but also an unparalleled taste experience.

Turin food festivals and culinary events

Turin is a city that loves to celebrate its culinary heritage through various events and festivals. Two of the most flavorful include the Salone del Gusto and CioccolaTÒ. 

  • Salone del Gusto: A biennial food fair that showcases the best of Italian cuisine. Sample a wide range of traditional dishes, attend cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, and learn about sustainable food practices.
  • CioccolaTÒ: A chocolate festival in the heart of Turin. A chocolate paradise to sample artisanal chocolates, attend chocolate making workshops, and gawk at the chocolate sculptures.

Explore Turin food culinary delights

Turin is a city that tantalizes the taste buds and satisfies the soul. From traditional dishes to contemporary creations, Italy’s gastronomic capital has something for everyone. 

Explore the bustling food markets, savor Turin restaurants, and immerse yourself in the wine and cheese culture.

Whether a foodie or a traveler looking for an unforgettable dining experience, Turin leaves you craving for more. So pack your appetite and get ready to embark on a Turin food adventure through the city’s streets. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Insider’s Guide to Turin Food and Wine Contributor: Elena Pasero

Italy travel planner

About Elena, Travel Designer & Licensed Guide

With a Bachelor’s in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra and a multicultural hospitality career spanning Italy and the USA, Elena is our Girl’s Gotta Drink foodie expert. And, she knows her way around a wine cellar, too! 

A self-proclaimed disaster in the kitchen, Elena’s pursuit of tasty treats makes her the travel planner and tour guide you want! Elena’s always on the prowl for the best eats that showcase her native Piedmont region as well as her adventures across Italy and the globe.

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