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Torino: Aldente Trattoria Italia

Via delle Orfane, 19/g , Phone: 380.3444956

Reviewed by: JDeQ from Canada, review #2948

When: 2008

Busy trattoria located in the Roman Quarter – make reservations or arrive early.

Amazing bread and grissini, photo by J DeQuetteville

We first stumbled upon this restaurant while wandering through the Roman Quarter one afternoon – I made a note of its location (only a few blocks from our B & B) and we went back for dinner. I confess that I was wary because of the ‘cute’ name but the restaurant looked warm and inviting and there were many happy folks inside so we went in. We were asked if we had reservations – we didn’t but happily they could fit us in.

This wasn’t a tourist spot – in fact, it appeared that we were the only tourists there. We looked at the menu which featured a nice selection of dishes and ended up ordering the four course tasting menu – which was ‘Toscana’ – they feature a different region monthly.

After ordering, a cone containing various grissini and breadsticks was brought to the table. They looked and tasted fantastic and if that wasn't enough a basket of sliced breads was also set down on the table. There was a particularly delicious olive bread, still warm from the oven and we both love warm bread.

The first course was really two separate courses – first up was a ‘formed’ salad of white and black beans and again we were reminded of just how good dried beans can be if they are cooked properly. Next was a thick farro soup – Paul’s favourite dish of the evening. The pasta course was pappardelle with a white ragu that was both simple and complex with subtle flavours. The main course was a thinly sliced piece of veal wrapped around asparagus spears. Dessert was a rice cake (no, not those Styrofoam-like ones we have at home) studded with citron and nuts.

The food was wonderful; in fact it was the best meal we ate in Torino. It was made even better by the artful presentation.

The price for the tasting menu was 30 euro a person. The prize for dinner for two with a bottle of sparkling water and a bottle of Nebbiolo came to 85 euro.

As we paid the owner came and chatted with us. He had identified that we were tourists and wanted to know where we were from. After we told him how much we loved our meals he brought the cook out to meet us. Between our bad Italian and their English skills we had a great chat about the meal, the city, and Canada – a place they had both visited in the past.

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