Restaurant review: La Locanda del Sorriso, Turin

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 Piazza San Carlo

Turin Piazza San Carlo

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.

honeymoon turin

Me enjoying the first night of our honeymoon

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.

Torino Stazione Porta Nuova

Torino Stazione Porta Nuova


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. 

La Locanda de sorriso Turin appetiser

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…

La Locanda del Sorriso Turin Antipasto Piemontese hot

and cold.

La Locanda del Sorriso Turin Antipasto Piemontese cold

Main courses

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.

La Locanda del Sorriso Pumpkin Risotto

I went for some gorgeous lamb with potatoes and vegetables, delish!

La Locanda del Sorriso Lamb and vegetables

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!

La Locanda del Sorriso pasta

And another pasta dish…

La locanda del Sorriso turin pasta


La Locanda del Sorriso Turin Tiramisu

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,
Turin, Italy

Header image from Wikipedia

Russell BowesReview text and photos By Russell Bowes Find me on Google Plus, catch up and message me on Twitter and see more great pictures on Flickr and Instagram. Pin with me on Pintrest.


One response to “Restaurant review: La Locanda del Sorriso, Turin

  1. Pingback: Veganuary: Sweet potato risotto with pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts | russellskitchen·

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