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Torino: Trattoria L'Oca Fola

Via Drovetti 6 , Phone: 011 4337422

Reviewed by: joe from Israel, review #3618

When: 2010

An excellent trattoria, associated with Slow Food, very nice staff

Trattoria L'Oca Fola is a restaurant that we always passed by on our way from our hotel in Torino to the city center, but never got around to having a meal there - either we were too tired to wait for a late dinner, or we had a late lunch and weren't that hungry in the evening. But this being a trattoria affiliated with the Slow Food organization, and stressing the use of typical local products, we were hoping the right opportunity would come by.

Another two aspects I liked about the place even before we entered: the staff posts the menu every day on their website, and they offer a "light" menu for people, like me, who still don't understand how it is possible to eat as much as is offered in a standard menu, but would like to enjoy elements of a full Italian meal based on typical and high-quality foods.

The opportunity did indeed occur when on our way back one late afternoon we saw one of the staff pull up the blinds of the windows on the outside of the establishment as we were walking by. We asked if it was possible to reserve a table - he invited us in to speak with the owner, who, from his deliberations over the evening list, looked like we had put him in a bit of trouble with our request. But an inviting smile showed us that he manged to squeeze us in, and we thanked him.

The meal was perfect - every portion an harmonious blend of flavors prepared with dedication, from the antipasti to the dolci della casa. We enjoyed not only the quality of the meal, but the patience of the staff (we are not that fluent in Italian) and the atmosphere - the interior is simple but attractive. The price was completely reasonable, and we'd be happy to eat here again.

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