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Torino — A Taste Capital of Italy
Sunday, April 3, 2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (CDST)
Torino is an undisputed capital of taste, noted for its passion for good food and for its “bere bene” — the art of drinking well. Restaurants, trattorias and historic cafes are the temples of Torinese cuisine, which is famous for its numerous antipasti, cheese, agnolotti, plin, fritto misto (mixed fried seafood), and as a finish, the delicious Gianduja, Zabaione or perhaps a Bicerin.
Local markets are without a doubt among the most typical and authentic features of Torino. You can’t talk about Torinese markets without mentioning the one in Porta Palazzo, which is not just the largest in the city but also the most extensive open-air market in Europe. It’s a many-faceted world of colors and traditions, owing to the mix of cultures that characterized the Borgo Dora neighborhood in the past. It’s made up of an outdoor area where you can find food products, fresh produce, clothing, and accessories for the home, as well as a covered section, made up of four distinct areas: the Mercato Ittico, Mercato Centrale, Mercato dell’Orologio and Mercato Alimentare — all dedicated to high-quality gastronomic products.
There are various places to find these products throughout the region but you can find them all at Eataly, the chain of large-format Italian marketplaces, the first of which opened in Torino in 2007. Today, with more than 35 locations worldwide, Eataly has helped to spread the culture of Piemontese enogastronomy throughout the world. Torino’s title of “Taste Capital” is also bolstered by the hospitality offered in Torino at two important international food shows, the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre.
Meet Our Guide
My name is Piermaria. I was born near Turin and grew up in Piedmont in the north of Italy. I studied English, French, German and Spanish at a language school for interpreters in Turin. I then worked for many years as an interpreter and translator and also taught languages in private companies, schools and vocational training courses.
In 2009, I decided to become a professional tour guide in the Piedmont region and I’ve been working as a tour guide ever since. In recent years I have also started taking people on hiking tours in the wonderful landscape of the wine region where I live.
I really love my job. Thanks to it, I can live most of my passions together at the same time. I’m curious and always willing to learn and discover something new. I’m a people person and passionate about art, travel, culture and nature. I also appreciate good cuisine — I’m a foodie and in Piedmont, we are never short of excellent wine and food!
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