Turin Epicurean Capital 2018 is coming up soon, so I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Lucia Hannau, the founder, to tell us all about the event, as well as what to eat, drink, and do in Torino.
I studied abroad in Torino over a decade ago, back when cameras still had film. I am so honored and thrilled to return to my beloved Torino, where I first fell in love with Italian cuisine, to attend this year’s Turin Epicurean Capital from June 20-22, 2018.
1. What inspired you to start Turin Epicurean Capital?
At first, I thought of doing Turin Epicurean Capital simply to share with the world our food and wine bountiful, but with the first edition I realized how the guests were also networking and how my post on the Turinepi blog had quickly turned into a Turin and Piedmont resource for travelers. Turin is still pretty much under the radar, the local demeanor is understated by choice and with Turin Epicurean Capital I did want to attract more people over by alluring them.
2. What is your favorite thing about Turin?
I love how manageable of a city it is. After living in the Midwest for 11 years and driving everywhere, after working in the chaotic Rome historical center, coming back to Turin’s quiet and elegance was like stepping into a new dimension. In Turin apparently we do walk a lot and the city encourages to simply stroll under its endless arcades, doing window shopping while licking a gelato. And I also love peeking through the palazzos’ windows to look at their ceilings and chandeliers.
3. What local dish(es) do you recommend trying in Turin?
In Turin, travelers should have:
- a bicerin around 10am
- agnolotti and risotto
- a chocolate and wine artisan gelato
- a thick hot chocolate around 4:30pm
- aperitif (vermouth or any cocktail with nibbles) or apericena: a cocktail or wine glass paired with a huge buffet to load on food from
- small production wines (many are delicate yet with a complex scent)
- a meditation wine before walking back to their hotel room
4. What are your favorite wines from Piedmont?
I usually recommend wines travelers can’t find abroad and not even in other Italian regions given the small size of the productions.
For the whites:
Erbaluce di Caluso aka the fairy tale wine, because the vine sprouted from the tears of a nymph (!), it comes in 4 DOCG variants!
For the reds:
Grignolino and Ruché, when available Gattinara and Boca.
For the bubbly:
Malvasia, especially from Castelnuovo Don Bosco, producer: Cascina Gilli
When I was a kid I loved Gavi wine and naturally I love Asti Spumante and Brachetto that you can easily find everywhere in the world!
5. What is one thing guests can’t miss while visiting Turin?
Devote half a day to walking around the downtown, and then sitting down at a cafe’ in one of the many piazzas and people watching. You can tell so much about Turin by its architecture, what the people wear and all the things you can order in a coffee shop.
Then I recommend at least one museum, either Mole Antonelliana and its amazing Italian Cinema Museum, especially on a very hot summer day, it can be very relaxing to nap on one of their chaises longues under the dome. However, our local pride and joy is the Egyptian Museum, oh so impressive!
As Turin is still pretty much off the beaten track… nobody expects we have so much over here and the few visitors leave with a deep urge to come back. So I recommend to plan at least five days and to come back all year around because each season is rather unique over here, a bit like New York, Paris, Vienna but with a true Italian twist.
Thank you Lucia! Can’t wait to see you in Torino!
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La Dolce Vita through from California to Italy. I’m Kelly, an American girl with Italian taste in food & wine. I blog about learning Italian, food & wine pairings, how to find authentic Italian ingredients in the US, and seasonal recipes from scratch.