First time visiting Turin I came late to the airport and took a taxi to the centre. There and then I was quite sure my life would end that day. The taxi driver drove so fast I had to hold onto the door. The seatbelt hung totally loosely around me and when he even passed many red traffic lights, I almost began to pray to God, Allah, Buddah and all the others. Finally, in front of the Grand hotel sitea, he suddenly stopped, bumped into a big flower pot and I was out of the car in about 2 seconds. Still alive! The nice room and everything else wonderful in Grand sitea made the rest of the evening and night wonderful and the taxi driver went into the memory book. The breakfast didn´t fail either. Champagne, fresh juices, all kinds of fruit, nuts, berries, cheeses, italian ham and salami, all kinds of egg, cakes, bread, white cloth napkins, white tablecloths, silverware and a portion silver coffee pot…Im looking out the huge window where the sun shines behind the enormous and thick red curtains… ok Im sold. You made my day!
Walking around in Turin is enough inspiration for me. Looking at buildings, art, daily life, elegant people, shops, having an espresso at Caffé Torino at Piazza San Carlo. I also managed to shop, of course, and found a couple of dresses ( I love dresses) and a pair of yellow pumps (yes, I love shoes too), but the nerd in me also filled up the suitcase with a bunch of new and used books, kitchenware and of course lots of food! Trufles, pasta, ham, cheese, oil. A perfect way to continue the Turin feeling after coming home.
Visiting Italy is for me 3 courses meals for lunch and dinner. If you walk through the main street Via Po, you´ll come to Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Here you´ll find Porto di Savona. I really recommend a lunch here. The whole restaurant is as taken out of a movie from the 40´s. The interior is very italian, the tables have white tablecloths (of course!) and cloth napkins (of course!!). It´s busy, loudly like only italians can make it loudly, charming. I could drink wine and eat delicious food here for hours. Especially if Ishare it with someone who´s as euphorically enthusiastic about things like this as myself.
If you would like to do it as the italians, have an aperitivo in the afternoon. Choose Caffé Fiorio, also in Via PO (quite close to the lunch restaurant, how convenient!). Again: very, very italian style. Walls of silk, red velvet furnitures, tapas dishes for the aperitif on silver trays. The italians just do it better! (Matt Hranek, I borrowed this quote from you).
If you now havent fallen asleep in one of the red sofas, go back to the hotel, change for dinner and make yourself ready for a 6 course (or was it 8?) menu at the completely perfect Al Gatto Nero. Its totally one of my favorite restaurants, even though I have just been there once! I still remember and can taste by memory the pasta dish and the huge piece of meat …and in the end the olive oil ice-cream (SO good!!).
I can´t wait to go back. Turin -you sure made me have goosebumps from the beginning until the end! Thank you!