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Turin Affordable Dining Guide

Savor the savings during "aperitivo hour" in Piedmont’s great city.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview:  This old-fashioned Piedmontese city offers the world’s tastiest freeloader’s bonanza. Ready? Let the eating begin.

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One of Turin’s many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style. Laid out under a vast chandelier, the spread at Caffè San Carlo is as rococo as the florid 1822 interior. Try the lush half-moons of eggplant parmigiana or the canapés dressed with cream-cheese curlicues and folds of bresaola.

Address:
156 ... More

2. Cantina, Turin

Stop by the bunker-like bar for such improbable treats as a wooden board of meaty pancetta, beautiful roasted vegetables, and a fluffy rice, pea, and frittata salad.

Address:
1 Via Po
Turin
Italy

Phone:
39-0-11-817-4321

Crammed with Slow Food-sanctioned comestibles and various dining counters, this massive food bazaar in nearby Lingotto makes Whole Foods look like a 7-Eleven. Stroll among aisles of Barolo vinegars, acres of handmade pasta, and more than 250 kinds of handcrafted cheese, including such Piedmontese favorites as the ricotta-like, hay-wrapped ... More

4. Le Vitel étonné

The restaurant pays homage to its almost-namesake dish—vitello tonnato—pink slices of veal baked over salt at low temperature come cloaked in a divine tuna mayonnaise with just the right doses of anchovy, capers, and mustard. During aperitivo hour you can taste the vitello—and other favorites—in small portions.

Address:
4 Via San Francesco da... More

5. Mood Libri & Caffè

Take a seat in the design-minded café with a bookstore. In the shadow of a monumental palazzo, taste tiny roasted potatoes; focaccia with artichokes, prosciutto, mortadella, and mozzarella; and a farfalle salad tangy with capers.

Address:
3/e Via Cesare Battisti
Turin
Italy

Phone:
39-0-11-518-8657

Order the wild-greens-and-sausage pie at Pizzeria da Cristina, an oasis of Neapolitan warmth and tomato sauce just outside the center.

Address:
101 Corso Palermo
Turin
Italy

Phone:
39-0-11-248-1706

Dine under the arched brick ceiling of Ristorante Sotto La Mole, housed in a former horse stable by the National Cinema Museum. Thin strands of eggy saffron tajarin are freshened with raw tomato and herbed oil. Rugged hand-shaped agnolotti bulge with roasted meat filling. And for dessert, that sine qua non of Piedmontese sweets: baked peach... More

8. Vinicola al Sorij

At this enoteca con cucina, share soft chickpea farinata, triangles of airy pesto quiche, crudités, and first-rate salumi.

Address:
10C Via Matteo Pescatore
Turin
Italy

Phone:
39-0-11-835-667