This is post is from the series about our honeymoon in October and November 2015. You can read more about it in these here.
Turin restaurant guide
Turin is a beautiful city sitting in Northern Italy and I would have loved to have seen much more of it than we managed to. We passed through Turin on our way to and from our honeymoon destinations of Genoa and Rapallo, staying overnight both on the way there and the way back.
On our first visit we were pretty tired after a day’s travel from London, via Paris (read about it here) so all we wanted to do was eat and sleep. On the way back we did have an evening stroll around and saw just a little of what looks like a gorgeous city.
The region of Piedmont in Northern Italy is famous for its wine, registered with D.O.C designations as well as a lot of great food. It’s known for great hazelnuts, as well as rich and sometimes heavy dishes featuring truffles and cream sauces. Today the Piedmont might be known as the most progressive culinary region in Italy but the two meals we managed to have when passing through on our way to and from Liguria were firmly planted in Turin’s rich culinary heritage with typical, local dishes.
LA LOCANDA DEL SORRISO
La Locanda is a stone’s throw from Porta Nuova station just off Corso Vittorio Emanuele II on Via Saluzzo. It might not look that special from the outside and seems pretty normal when you enter as well. It’s almost as it the restaurant and locals don’t want to let you let you know that the food inside is going to be some of the best you’re ever going to eat.
The meal started with an appetiser which they bring out for you to try before you have ordered your meal.
We had a different one on the two nights we ate there, the top image is the first and the bottom is from the second night we ate there.
For starters we both ordered the Antipasto Piemontese, a selection of different starters. There were two options, hot…
On our first night Hana had a wonderful pumpkin risotto, something we tried making when we came back to the UK. The rice was so creamy without it even having anything like that in it. It was very satisfying whilst managing to be light enough to enjoy a whole dish of it.
I went for some gorgeous lamb with potatoes and vegetables, delish!
Here are the lovely pasta dishes we tried on our second visit, I wish I’d remembered to write down what they were, suffice to say they were, again, really flavourful and beautifully cooked!
And another pasta dish…
We only tried one dessert at La Locanda, a classic Tiramisu. It was as gorgeous as everything else we both tried here.
It’s pretty easy to see why La Locanda del Sorriso has a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor and why it has such good reviews. Whether, like us, you are passing through Turin or staying for a holiday here La Locanda is a great restaurant in Turin to try traditional Piedmont cuisine.
La Locanda del Sorriso
Via Saluzzo 6,