|Manorola, Cinque Terra|
The aperitivo is a Turin institution featuring a drink and some little bites to eat at around 7:00 pm. In many places, those little bites become a complete buffet of tasty offerings. One of the best places we encountered was at Cafe Roberto where you can pile your plate high and get a drink for the princely sum of 7 euros. It included everything from grilled eggplant, variously flavoured focaccios, fritatas, pastas, and risottos to desserts that incuded tiramisu!
Italians tend to eat late and I have discovered that I really can't make it from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm without something to eat, so the aperitivo was my lifebuoy (and that of my companions. I get extremely irritable if I'm not fed and watered regularly! ) After a long day of sight-seeing, walking, and driving twisty-turny roads, settling down with a glass of wine and a little plate full of goodies was heaven.
|Turin from Monte Cappuccini|
Heaven also included chocolate and ice cream. Turin introduced us to hot chocolate that was closer to a thin chocolate pudding than the milky cocoa drink we are familiar with. It was luscious and gorgeous. And then there were the world-famous Gianduiotti chocolates, and gelatto from Grom.
Turin is home of the Slow Food movement and has a big food and wine fair every two years. It's such a beautiful city, with elegant spacious piazzas and beautiful baroque buildings, that it might be worth returning in 2012 in time for the Salon de Gusto and Terre Madre conference.