The Best Pizzas and Pizzerias in Turin, Italy
Planning a trip to Torino? Then plan your pizza route as well!
Welcome to my article about the best pizzas and pizzerias in Torino, Italy!If you love pizza as much as I do, then you're on the right page. When people ask me why I have decided to stay in Italy, despite the seemingly never-ending economic downturn and ever-powerful bunga bunga master...ops, I mean ex-president, Silvio Berlusconi, I have two answers. My handsome Franco-Italian man and pizza.They understand the "man" part, but my love for pizza always seems to baffle them. I wonder why?So, with that said, I would now like to take you on a magical mystery tour of pizzas I have savoured and swallowed during my three year stay here in Turin, or Torino as the locals call it. I know you won't be disappointed!
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#1 - Spaccanapoli
A pizzeria that values variety and elegance.
Are you looking for elegance at a cheap price? Then Spaccanapoli is your best bet! This family run business has been enchanting Torinese and foreign visitors for over 21 years. They have 70 different pizzas on the menu to choose from, from the deliciously simple margherita pizza, to the amazing "Flying Saucer" pizza, covered with egg, ham, salami, cheese, mushrooms, basil, and artichokes. You can even order a pizza called "The Meter", a 100 cm long and 25 cm thick pizza for four, to which you can add three different pizza toppings. I've never eaten this monster of a pizza myself, but I've seen it ordered, and it is something to be marvelled at!My personal favourite at Spaccanapoli has to be the smoked salmon pizza. On a light, slightly chewy crust, the 'pizzaiolo' first layers the pizza with a smooth topping of cream, and then covers it with strips of fresh, delicious smoked salmon. I always feel as if I am two inches from the sea whenever I eat this pizza!Beyond the amazing pizzas, you will also experience excellent service at Spaccanapoli. Your waiter will always seat you, and take your coat. An empty plate will sit in front of you for no longer than five seconds before it is whisked away to the dishwasher. Not to mention that most of the staff are quite attractive. (But that's completely besides the point!)If you are planning to visit Turin, don't pass up a romantic evening at Spaccanapoli. Goodness knows, we may even end up seeing each other there! (Did I just admit that I eat there on a weekly basis? Naaaah...)Spaccanapoli PizzeriaVia Mazzini, 1910123 Torino011 812 66 firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit Spaccanapoli's official website for their full pizza menu!
Did you know that...
...the 'margherita', the most traditional and well-loved 'Napoletana' pizza in existence, was named after the Princess Margherita of Savoy?It is made with the following ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, salt and pepper. No more, no less.These ingredients were chosen because they represent the tricolours of the Italian flag.Interesting tidbit: The Princess Margherita was a good friend of my boyfriend's mother's family. The Princess apparently held my future mother-in-law's grandfather in her arms and fed him quite regularly when he was a baby.
#2 - Il Pantagruele
Our number one take-away pizza destination!
Before I start my review, let me set the record straight.When I say "take-away pizzeria," I don't mean it in the American-fast food-Pizza Hut sense. I simply mean that we choose to eat the pizza at home rather than on the premises! Why do I emphasize this point? Simply because I don't want any comparisons being drawn between fast food and the exquisite pizzas that "Il Pantagruele" produces.Perhaps the aspect that I appreciate most about "Il Pantagruele" is the the dough used for the crust. It is a light, thin crust, which somehow avoids burning in the oven and ending up excessively crispy. It has a slightly salty flavour, but does not leave you crying for water after you've finished eating. In short, absolute perfection.My favourite pizza at this restaurant is the "Gorgonzola, walnuts and pear" pizza. Gorgonzola, walnuts and pear?! Yes, that was my first reaction as well! However, just as cheese goes well with honey, the potent gorgonzola creates a perfect symphony with the sweet pear and nuts. It is to be tried to be believed! Just watch your stomach after - you might find it's bloated to the dimensions it was when you were pregnant!Perhaps the only bone of contention I have with "Il Pantagruele" is the prices. A few years ago, when I first arrived in Torino, the prices were slightly higher than most pizzerias, but still affordable. Just last year, they raised the price of every pizza by a euro. I won't go as far as to call it petty theft, as they do work out of a fairly expensive area of town, but the difference in price has stopped us from ordering there every week.Il PantagrueleCorso Moncalieri, 26110133 Torino011.email@example.comVisit their website: Il Pantagruele
Fun facts about...
- 'la gorgonzola' is an Italian cheese made from cow's milk- it is named after a village in Italy- the characteristic green mould came about by accident in the 11th century- the cheese dates back to the 9th century- the mould is now mixed into the cheese, whereas years ago, it grew naturally from spores present in the caves where the cheese was stored- there is a building at the London Stock Exchange called the "Gorgonzola Hall" for it's green marble interior
#3 - La Svolta
Great pizzas and exciting joint!
La Svolta is another pizzeria located quite close to our house, on a street that winds up into the hills of Torino.The first thing that grabs your attention when you walk into La Svolta is the modern décor. It screams a mixture of "classy restaurant" and "discoteca" for it's moody, metallic colours combined with its modern furniture.The pizza at La Svolta is excellent - full of flavour and carpeted with toppings - but for a person who prefers a thin crust, the dough they use can be a little heavy on the stomach.My favourite pizza at La Svolta has to be the Siciliana, with its fresh anchovies, olives, fior di latte, oregano, basil, salty capers. I tend to choose light toppings such as this one when I go there since I am one of those people who suffers from indigestion if the crust is too dense.Via Sabaudia 21Torino 10133011 6312643Visit La Svolta's official site here: La Svolta
Tell me about the...
ORIGINAL SICILIAN PIZZA!
- the Sicilian pizza (pizza Siciliana) is called the "Sfincione" or "Sfinciuni" in the dialect of the region- it resembles a "foccaccia" more than a pizza- the original version was sprinkled with leftovers, and was not coated in tomato sauce, since tomatoes weren't available in Sicily at the time- today's version has a light coating of tomato, onion, anchovy, herbs, and a strong cheese like pecorino
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Turin Guidebooks on Amazon - These guidebooks of Turin will help you find your way to these pizzerias!
You may know all you need to know about Torinese pizzerias thanks to my lens, but these books will help you get to know other aspects of Turin that make it a great city to visit. Plus, you'll have an easier time following my suggested pizza route!
An excellent book that I first bought when I arrived in Turin. I had this book on hand whenever I went out on my own during my first couple of months here.
Another highly recommended book that will tell you the ins and outs of this incredible city.
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six. - Yogi Bear
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