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Restaurants in Turin


Breaded shrimp at AB+.

No, not the opposite of AB negative. Instead, the A.B. is chef Alessandro Boglione. Boglione, a Bra native, is a new generation Italian culinary inventor (with a degree in culinary science). Examples: eggplant ravioli with oregano, breaded shrimp glazed with local nuts, fagotine, dumpling pasta stuffed with Bra sausage. Portions are small and pretty, Boglione's flavors intriguing, and the lighting low — how else could it be in a place such as this? In a nutshell, an inventive and romantic restaurant where you can easily shell out €100 a head if your Barolo or similar is up to snuff. Dinner only. — Katrina Maiano

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Via della Basilica, 13, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.439.0618
Closed Sundays


Here's the beef...

Where’s the beef? Here. The owners transformed a carpentry shop located on the Po into a steakhouse and wood-oven pizzeria. The beer's good and the meats (chianina from Argentine) are lovingly grilled. Inside is nothing special, so if it happens to be summer book a table on the veranda overlooking the river. Romantic this is not (on weekends it’s packed and loud), but it hits the spot after acres of pasta. — Katrina Maiano

Corso Moncalieri, 308, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.661.4211
Closed Mondays


Eat-off time...

Like a budget house-of-primi, Nino's place offers pasta (biavette, corzetti, Agnolotti, cappelletti, tagliatelle, and on and on it goes…) with your choice of sauces (50 kinds). Pasta selection and sauce here is a bit like choosing a mix-and-match pizza topping. A full pasta meal runs €20, assuming you don’t pick a wine that spikes the tab. There's even a house-sponsored "eat-off" challenge (for full tables only) in which the kitchen keeps hauling out pasta tidbits until the human “all you can eat” meter breaks down — the going record is 52 separate "tastes" at one sitting, but you don't want to know how much he weighs. Good fun. — Katrina Maiano

Via Santa Chiara, 54, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.521.1816
Closed Mondays

La Gaia Scienza  

Simple gay science...

Located near the city's ancient university, this place (named for a theatrical street troupe) has a rundown, candlelit bohemian feel. There's an excellent antipasto buffet. Penne alla zarina, a favorite primo, includes lumpfish eggs, smoked salmon, and vodka. Secondi standouts include stinco and calamari ripieni. Summer dining spills into a patio as well to some tables located directly on Via Guastalla. Dinner usually comes in at under €30. — Katrina Maiano

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Via Guastalla, 22, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.812.3821
Closed Sundays

Le Tre Galline  

No-nonsense Piemonte...

The Three Hens, a recently-remodeled Turin staple, is all Piemonte when it comes to food. Cesare Pavese ate here, no doubt placing a "Do not disturb sign" around his neck as he dug in. Rabbit is simmered in apple vinegar, smoked duck henpecked with nuts, agnolotti bathed a light pinkish ragú, lamb garnished with herbs (carré d'agnello in crosta di erbette) and risotto flecked with basil and truffles. The salumi, sausages of all kinds, are nonchalantly cut at your table. Breading and deep-frying (Fiore di Zucca, even a frog) is the wintery norm, that and plenty of garlic. The Bagna cauda dip ("hot sauce" with anchovies, oil and garlic) is must with its accompanying vegetables. Near Porta Palazzo. Book ahead. Closed Sunday and Monday for lunch. — Katrina Maiano

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Via Gian Francesco Bellezia, 37, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.436.6553
Open Daily

Paglia e Fieno Bistrot  

Paris in Turin.

This cozy little French Bistro, located in what was the cantina of a historic building, has vaulted ceilings and rustic décor. Still, with only eight tables, the place feels open and comfortable. So comfortable, in fact, that you feel like you're eating with old friends. The menu, written on a chalkboard near the entrance, is based on what the chef gets fresh daily. But there's usually something to suit any taste: escargot appetizer (appetizers run €8-10) and as a first course a bed of homemade tagliatelli topped with chicken apple spice sauce (first courses between €8-12). The salad was the most tantalizing part of the meal: a bed of greens and fresh sweet cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts covered in a melted goat cheese topping — simple yet delightful (they offered several different salads each €8-10). Deserts included tarte tatain, crème brulee, or panna cotta. To top it all off we ended with the owner’s mother’s homemade limoncello. Wine list is good, topped with the deep reds of the Piemonte. Open for dinner only. — Jennifer Lee

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Corso Fiume, 11c, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.660.4036
Closed Mondays

Ristorante Vo  

Borra and Cossu.

Vo is located a stone's throw from the Po River (a walk down Via dei Mille takes you to the banks). The stylish place was founded in 2007 with Francophile cook Stefano Borra in the kitchen. Borra's an intuitive chef. He likes dabbling in sauces. He also likes twists on Italian staples, using local ingredients to create interesting matches.

Borra (with Daniele Santovito also in the kitchen) and his partner Luca Cossu, old friends, put a bet on an upscale place that's unstinting in its preparing fineries and make you pay for them. So far, so good. The menu has staples (vitello tonnato) and Borra-inspired twists, trout with olives, anchovies, herbs and mustard sauce (trota farcita con olive taggiasche,alici, erbette, salsa alla senape), herb rice with Tropea onions (riso alle erbette con cipolla di Tropea), and black lasagna with buttered bass and green oil.

Vo is Vo but it's also "veau," French for veal (and Vho, near Tortona, which produces the Timorasso grape). Borra and Cossu like their roots and they know what they're doing.

Dishes and preparation are in constant flux, which is as it should be. The wine cellar is not surprisingly extensive. Put the pieces together and you have a quiet, romantic place that's high on intimacy but also a gastronomic pleasure. Service is prompt. There's no background noise to speak of. Borra usually makes his rounds, table-to-table.

All in all, Vo is a good example of two youngish Italian restaurateurs doing an excellent job in a city that's often set in its culinary ways. Expect to spend €50-60 a head depending on wine choices. Call in advance to set up a vegetarian menu. Reservations highly recommended. — David R. Deropolous

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Via Andrea Provana, 3/D, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.839.0288
Closed Sundays

Sfashion Café  

Off the wall at Sfashion.

You get the best and worst of provincial kitsch in this Liberty-Deco mishmash with weird renditions of Mick Jagger and his drummer… Winston Churchill. Seriously, the on-the-wall art is mostly off-the-wall, but then again Italian trendiness is often spiked with disinterested irony. So if it's food you’re interested in, close your eyes and order pizza (head upstairs for a table; the bar is downstairs). For main courses, try the mussels in tomato sauce or penne con zucchini. Sfashion, which roughly means "deformed fashion," is located near Piazza Carlo Alberto, which is super-central. TV comedian Piero Chiambretti is a part-owners, which explains some of the lunacy. Book ahead. — Katrina Maiano

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Via Cesare Battisti, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.516.0085
Open Daily


Pizza by the "yard" ...

Outstanding no-frills pizzeria and restaurant that has stood the test of time. The wood oven gives you top-notch pizza, so stick with that. It’s not the pizza but the toppings that can run up your bill here, since each one is heaping (the owners, who founded the place in 1998, hail from Naples’ Vico Equense). Big Juventus hang-out, but still plenty of kids and families, particularly Sunday night after a game. And yes, you can order pizza by the meter, but you damn well better know the metric system or risk ordering a 3-foot pizza that comes in at eight feet long. — Cristina Polli

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Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 19, Turin, IT-TO Map
Tel. 011.812.6694
Open Daily

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