Turin’s gourmet reputation outshines other Italian cities renowned for their gastronomy. Many restaurants are strong advocates of the Slow Food movement, and a glance at a menu will tell you whether ingredients are local; look for porcini mushrooms and truffles in season. Wine lists feature Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco reds and sparkling Asti whites. Turin is also home to the world’s largest food and wine fair, the Salone del Gusto (www.salonedelgusto.com), which runs every 2 years in September or October; the next event is slated for 2020.

Two new pastas you will encounter on menus are agnolotti (a type of ravioli often stuffed with an infusion of cheese and meat) and tajarin, a flat egg noodle that is often topped with porcini mushrooms. Another favorite preparation is bagna cauda (hot dip), in which raw vegetables are dipped into a heated preparation of oil, anchovies, and garlic.

Cafes -- Cafe sitting is a centuries-old tradition in sophisticated Turin. Via Roma and the piazzas it widens into are lined with gracious salons that have been serving coffee to Torinese for decades, even centuries. Below are some of the city's classic cafes. While espresso and pastries are the mainstays of the menu at all of them, most also serve chocolates -- including the mix of chocolate and hazelnuts known as gianduiotti -- that are among the city's major contributions to culinary culture.


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