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Torino: C'era Una Volta

Corso Emanuele II 41 , Phone: 011 6504 589
Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: rkorchid from NH, review #3368

When: 2009

One of the two best dining experiences during our stay in Turin serving authentic Piedmontese dishes

Directions: A couple of blocks east of the Porta Nuova train station

C'era Una Volta, photo by Stephen

The restuarant is only open for dinner (8 pm) and is on the second floor. You need to ring the bell but you are buzzed right in without any conversation. They have a commitment to preparing traditional Piemonte dishes, hence the name Once Upon A Time.

We were immediately seated (with no reservations) in one of several elegant dining rooms. Almost as immediately we were served glasses of sparkling wine while we perused the menu.

We began by sharing a dish of bagna cauda. The bubbling garlicky, anchovy sauce was served in its own crock with a candle burner. It was accompanied by a generous platter of raw and cooked vegetables including potatoes, fennel, and peppers.

Jane followed this with a dish of tortelli zucca (lovely ravioli stuffed with pumpkin)and I had a fascinating dish of gnocchi made with beets.

We followed this by sharing a huge platter of fritto misto Piemonte. Unlike the usual meal of fried fish, this was a large selection of deep fried meats. Some were obviously familiar like the pork chop. Others were the now familiar fried brains. And still others will forever remain nameless. A truly outstanding dish to be experienced at least once.

We finished with an assortment of piccolo desserts followed by coffee and grappa.

With the first courses we had a half carafe of house white and another half of red with the meat course.

This truly outstanding meal came to 73 euros. It was probably the largest single meal we had on our entire trip.

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