6 Heavenly Eateries, Cafes and Restauraunts in Turin, Italy
If there’s one thing Italians are most proud of, it’s their food!
From my experience, Italians can be pretty self-deprecating when it comes to their nation. They complain about bureaucracy, the government and the wait at the post office often. But, nobody touches their food! Italian food is the one thing you’ll hear Italians speak with pride about (and for good reason – it’s delicious!).
Hopefully, this post isn’t too controversial (I know how important food is to Italians!) since there are so many restaurants and so many delicious ones at that (that I have yet to try!). It was incredibly difficult to narrow it down! But, here’s a list of my 10 top picks for food (and coffee, and chocolate) in Turin. Let me know if you agree with my picks in the comments or if there are other just-as-good or better eateries.
1. Caffeteria dell’Universita – Apericena
Prior to coming to Turin, I lived in Rome and went out for an “aperitivo” a few times (which is basically a drink and an open buffet or a plate of food. No idea what an aperitivo is? See our post). All of the aperitivos that I went to were high-quality with delicious snacks, and most importantly, an excellent glass of wine.
But, this is the first time I’ve ever experienced a full-on buffet. And it was incredible!
This type of ‘aperitivo’ is known as an ‘aepricena’ – so, basically, you get a drink plus access to an all you can eat buffet. And, the food’s not disgusting, either. In fact, far from it! Many people think buffet-style food is not the best quality or has been sitting out for hours, when in reality, the food was all very fresh and warm.
This was hands-down the best place I’ve ever been for an aperitivo or apericena. The food was all very delicious and there was plenty of variety! And, it wasn’t just carbs either – you can get your fill of protein here, too.
For an idea of what you can get at the Caffeteria dell’Universita, here’s what they offer at the buffet:
- Bite-sized sandwiches with cheese and prosciutto
- Lasagna with pesto and multiple kinds of cheese (which was delicious!)
- Seafood salad with calamari
- Chicken wings
- Delicious bread
- Salad with fresh greens
- Brioche for desert
- And of course: alcohol! You can choose between red and white wine, beer, and cocktails. Some of the premium cocktails cost a euro or two more.
What Others Are Saying About Caffeteria dell’Universita
“Great food, amazing service and super reasonable prices. Flawless” – Google Review
“Absolutely favorite place. Delicious food, the nicest staff and reasonable prices. Perfect for every occasion.” – Google Review
“We needed a break from.pizza and pasta, and this place was awesome. You can choose between about 12 per prepared salads, plus sandwiches. They also have a full bar and coffees. We are well for under $20 euro, and we ordered too much food and bought a couple Venchi chocolates to boot.” – Google Review
- Monday 6AM–10PM
- Tuesday 6AM–10PM
- Wednesday 6AM–10PM
- Thursday 6AM–10PM
- Friday 6AM–10PM
- Saturday 6AM–10PM
- Sunday 7AM–4PM
Via Madama Cristina, 34, F, 10125 Torino TO
2. Pasticceria Ricco – Pastries, Pizza and Coffee
If you’re looking for sweets that melt in your mouth, this is the place! Seriously – you’ve never had pastries until you’ve had them at Pasticceria Ricco. They have all kinds of pastries up for grabs and I’ve tried several of them. At times, I’ve just ordered at random since I’m not too familiar with pastry jargon.
But, in particular, my favorite of theirs in the raspberry brioche. Also, there was another pastry I had (I’m not even sure what it was called, to be honest) with apple and that made me truly experience a foodgasm.
On top of the pastries, they also have amazing seasonal cookies and treats (like artisanal panettone, which is traditionally eaten around Christmas time. I bought one – and, normally I’m not a big fan of panettone, but I’ve got to say…the panettone from Pasticceria Ricco was the best I’ve ever had!).
They even have pizza!
Not only do they have pastries, but they also serve coffee and pizza as well. My personal favorite pizza that they have is with zucchini and cream cheese. If you ever need a quick bite to eat or to indulge your sweet tooth, stop by Pasticceria Ricco. Best of all, it’s located right in Piazza Vittorio.
What Others Are Saying About Pasticceria Ricco
“Elegant pastries that go very well with a coffee. It’s clean and welcoming, and the staff are always friendly.” – Google Review
“It’s great to have breakfast in the center, staying in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and watching both the Mole Antoneliana and the Gran Madre! This is what you will see if you go to the Ricco pastry shop. Everything that is on display is produced by them, from pizzas to desserts. Yesterday I tried the pistachio brioche, a delicacy. If you are fond of aperitifs, from 7pm you can enjoy all their pizzas for just € 7.” – Google Review
“(Translated by Google) Perfect place for a sweet or savory break … all delicious! Excellent service!” – Google Review
- Monday 7:30AM–8PM
- Tuesday 7:30AM–8PM
- Wednesday 7:30AM–8PM
- Thursday 7:30AM–8PM
- Friday 7:30AM–8PM
- Saturday 8AM–8PM
- Sunday 9AM–7PM
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 14, 10123 Torino TO
3. Caffe Vergnano – Coffee
Who doesn’t love coffee, right? Oddly enough: me (I know it’s weird!). I’m not a huge coffee fan because it usually makes me jittery and feel uneasy (I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine). But, I do love the taste of coffee!
Those rare occasions I do decide to drink coffee, I always pick Caffe Vergnano. If you’re going to pick something that makes you jittery, it may as well taste like heaven on earth! And that’s exactly how Caffe Vergnano tastes.
When my grandma came to visit me in Italy, we randomly stopped by a cafe (known as a ‘bar’ in Italian) and she had Caffe Vergnano for the first time. Not only did we stop by that same coffee shop every day we were there, she also had to write the name of the brand of coffee down because it was so good!
Caffe Vergnano is sold all over in Turin, but there’s one, in particular, that provides an especially relaxing atmosphere for meeting up and talking with friends. Best of all, it’s right by Porta Nuova (one of the two main train stations in Turin. See our posts on 10 amazing places you can travel to by train!). There are multiple Caffe Vergnano locations scattered around Turin – make it a point to stop by and have one of the best coffees you’ll have in your life with them!
What Others Are Saying About Caffe Vergnano
“(Translated by Google) Now a regular destination for my Thursday breakfast. Excellent brioche with cream, perfect cappuccino and splendid service (they already know my bottle of water out of the fridge to take away). Really good!” – Google Review
“A can’t miss if/when visiting Torino. Only a few minutes walk from Porta Nuova stazione. Classy, with a broad and deep selection of foods, drinks, etc. Outside seats, too.” – Google Review
“Friendly baristas, selection of sandwiches & pastries, also hot food menu. They were out of vegetarian sandwiches when I arrived but made me one fresh, very helpful! Free wifi so you can work here too. Most importantly… good coffee!” – Google Review
- Monday 7AM–7:30PM
- Tuesday 7AM–7:30PM
- Wednesday 7AM–7:30PM
- Thursday 7AM–7:30PM
- Friday 7AM–7:30PM
- Saturday 7AM–7:30PM
- Sunday Closed
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 44 Bis C, 10123 Torino TO
4. Lindt Chocolate – Chocolate + Coffee
You’ve likely heard of Lindt chocolate – the world-famous Swiss chocolate. But right in the heart of Turin, you can come to the official Lindt chocolate shop. Not only do they have delicious chocolate treats of all kinds – to enjoy in the moment and also pack in your suitcase, but they also have a secret cafe in the back.
To be honest, it took me three years to discover the cafe (and I’m so glad I did!). It’s not incredibly apparent when you enter the shop that they have incredibly seating on three levels. Initially, I thought it was too crowded to get a cappuccino, but I later realized there was relaxing seating above and even more seating on the second floor with tall, bright windows.
Lindt is the perfect place to get some work done on the computer, take a break from walking, or catch up with friends.
Lindt has amazing chocolate-coffee drinks to warm your spirit up. From the Chococino to a delicious, classic hot chocolate to other unimaginable gourmet chocolate and coffee fusions. If you want to get your dose of caffeine in and indulge your sweet tooth, Lindt is the place.
If you want an atmosphere with delicious coffee and sweets, Lindt is your place in Turin!
What Others Are Saying About Lindt
“If you love chocolate, this is the right place for you in Turin. Lots of different products to choose from and there is also a bar inside where you can have a coffee or a hot chocolate. My suggestion is to try the Biancotto” – Google Review
“I love this place, i usually go there with friends for coffee or hot chocolate, the place is cozy and relaxing” – Google Review
“Amazing selection for a reasonable price. At the end of store there is a nice coffee shop witb a few tables.” – Google Review
- Monday 9:30AM–7:30PM
- Tuesday 9:30AM–7:30PM
- Wednesday 9:30AM–7:30PM
- Thursday 9:30AM–7:30PM
- Friday 9:30AM–7:30PM
- Saturday 9:30AM–7:30PM
- Sunday 9:30AM–7:30PM
Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 16/a, 10123 Torino TO
5. Cammafa’ – Pizza
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And, when in Italy…eat pizza!
It only makes sense to have a nice slice of pizza in Italy. Not only is pizza collectively better in Italy, but there are even pizza parlors that shine well above average. In other words, some pizza places serve the best of the best pizza in Italy. Cammafa’ is one of them!
You may be wondering: what makes Cammafa pizza so special?
I’m telling you…you’ve never had pizza until you’ve had Cammafa’ pizza. The crust is to die for. It’s baked to perfection, perfectly fluffy without being too doughy. You get the right amount of crispness at Cammafa’. And best of all, there are pizzas of all types. Whatever you’re in the mood for, they have it at Cammafa’.
What’s on the menu? You can order vegetarian dishes as well as dishes with prosciutto and seafood – with or without tomato sauce. If you’re looking for a gourmet pizza experience, this is it.
Just be sure to arrive a bit early. If you get there around 9 pm, you may have to wait a few minutes since it’ll be so packed (especially on a weekend!). If you want to reach Cammafa’, it’s just south of the center of Turin (easily reachable by foot) in the San Salvario area.
What Others Are Saying About Cammafa’
“Best pizza I’ve ever eaten anywhere in Italy. The crust is like a perfectly cooked cloud, crisp and blistered at the edges, and divinely airy throughout. Go early when they first open in the evening, otherwise you’ll end up waiting a long time to get in. There’s a reason it’s so popular!” – Google Review
“Absolutely great pizza! Very decent prices (5-10 € a pizza).” – Google Review
“It’s one of the best Neapolitan pizza in Turin! This pizzeria is so popular that people are ready to stay in the long queue in order to enjoy such delicious pizza! I liked it so much! The pizza is very big with the totally Neapolitan taste! The waiters are very nimble and friendly…In addition, the prices are not high! So, I recommend this place for everyone! – Google Review
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 12–2:30PM 7:30–11PM
- Wednesday 12–2:30PM 7:30–11PM
- Thursday 12–2:30PM 7:30–11PM
- Friday 12–2:30PM 7:30–11PM
- Saturday 7:30–11PM
- Sunday 7:30–11PM
Via Saluzzo, 35, B, 10125 Torino TO
6. Alberto Marchetti Gelaterie – Gelato
We all know Italy has the best gelato…but this place, Alberto Marchetti Gelaterie, is probably the best in Turin (and maybe even the world – who knows!). You know you’ve found a delicious gelato shop when people are waiting in lines outside the doors!
It’s not the type of gelato place that has bright, over-the-top flavors and colors. Instead, everything is tucked away behind stainless steel containers, waiting to surprise you with every scoop. The ice cream they serve is incredibly creamy and thick – if you’re looking for a real scoop of ice cream, you’ll find it at Alberto Marchetti Gelateria.
The first time I had an ice cream cone from Alberto Marchetti was with a friend in winter. And, let me tell you: it was worth every delicious (but cold!) lick!
Alberto Marchetti gelato is the type of gelato that satisfies your sweet tooth – and because it’s so creamy, you’ll feel incredibly satisfied after (and not be craving more like other gelato brands can make you feel).
What Others Are Saying About Alberto Marchetti Gelaterie
“I’m speechless. I love ice-cream even if I’m lactose intolerant so I tried dark chocolate and berries flavors, they were amazing! Also the place and the staff are great. I think this was the best ice-cream I’ve ever eaten.” – Google Review
“We read the reviews and thought nothing can be “that” good. In truth? It is that good. Delicious, creamy, great variety, and wonderful staff. We will be back!” – Google Review
“Alberto Marchetti’s ice cream is one of the bests I’ve ever had in my life. The ice cream is extremely creamy and the flavors are rich. I ordered a croccante and a chocolate with liqueur one because the waiter recommended that one, and it was absolutely amazing. Best ice cream we had in Turin no doubt, once we ate it there we didn’t want to go anywhere else.” – Google Review
- Monday 12–10:30PM
- Tuesday 12–10:30PM
- Wednesday 12–10:30PM
- Thursday 12–10:30PM
- Friday 12–11PM
- Saturday 12–11PM
- Sunday 11AM–10:30PM
Via Po, 35/b, 10124 Torino TO
Now It’s Time to Explore These Gourmet Eateries in Turin
We’ve given you six cant-miss places in Turin to satisfy your sweet tooth, sip on out-of-this-world coffee and pizza that will leave your mouth dripping just from the smell. Turin is one of the best cities in Italy to eat, and these six are some of the best you’ll find.
Where have you grabbed a cup of coffee or eaten in Torino? Tell us about it!