A Food Tour of Turin

Since food is one of the reasons to visit Italy, we took a food tour in Turin.  “I EAT walking food tours” is run by a delightful couple, Cecilia and Abram.  We met Cecilia and she began our tour by pointing out some city sites. 

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Casa del Pingone is one of the oldest buildings in Turin, from the 1500s.

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Galleria Umberto

Our first stop – latte and an amaretto cookie.

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The Mercato di Porta Palazzo is set up in a big plaza.

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Cecilia set us up with large plates of cheeses and meats.

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A walk through another lovely galleria

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City Hall

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This street is lined with little doorways that were sales booths in medieval times.    

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This shop only sells polenta.  It’s a quick filling meal.  The business was started by a student (at the counter) for local college students.

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Latteria Bera is a fabulous cheese shop that sells locally sourced products.

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We were treated to plenty of samples.

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Across the street is a pasta shop.

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Agnolotti are particular to Turin and are similar to tortellini.  We watched these being made and then we got to try some!

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Turin’s water fountains

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Palazzo Scaglia di Verrua was built in the late 1500s.

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The courtyard with frescos

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And finally, dessert

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A delicious chocolate and pear tart

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The final stop was Cecilia and Abram’s tea shop.

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Cecilia was a great guide.  Look up I EAT if you are in Turin!

And two more “sights” that caught my eye on our walk….

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The White Truffle Festival of Alba

Alba is a nice day trip, about 30 miles SE, from Turin.  We got there by both train and taxi, because we missed our train transfer and had to taxi the last 10 miles. Winking smile  We were there on a beautiful October day, perfect timing for Fiera del Tartufo, the white truffle festival.

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Alba is a cute medieval city with narrow cobbled streets.  It is packed with people during the Festival.

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Our first business was lunch!  The price of white truffles was out of our price range, so we chose pasta with black truffles.  Totally delicious!

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If we had opted for white truffles, they bring out a scale, weigh the truffle in front of you, shave off what you want onto your pasta, then weigh the truffle again.  You pay for the difference.  The table next to us had 80 euros worth of white truffle on their spaghetti!

After lunch we spent the afternoon visiting all sorts of food booths around the town. 

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Alba is also known for Chocolates, but this day was all about truffles. 

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The white truffles for sale are displayed like jewels.  Note the prices – That’s 90 to 250 euros for a fist size truffle.

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The black ones are much more affordable.

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We bought tickets online beforehand to go into the International Truffle Market.

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Near the end of our visit we were just in time and in the right place for a parade of the neighborhoods of Alba. 

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Our travel friend bought a souvenir – truffle potato chips!  We all enjoyed them along with one black truffle and some truffle cream which we made up for dinner back at our apartment in Turin. 

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Buon appetito!

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