We stumbled across this place whilst wandering around Turin one evening. We saw a blackboard full of Italian that we couldn't understand but thought we should just sit down and go for it! An elderly gentleman seated at a nearby table stopped us in our tracks and announced that this restaurant was "the best in the world!".
After a brief chat we had established that he was the owner, and after eating we are inclined to say he was not wrong. He sat us down and talked us through the entire menu! Such friendly and courteous service! It was only then that we realised this was a truffle restaurant (our Italian was barely non-existent at the time) and I was even taken over to smell the fresh truffles. Unfortunately, we were about a week or two too early for white truffles, but the black truffles were still to die for.
There are plenty of options if truffles aren't your thing, I had a beautifully simply veal sausage risotto for my main course and it genuinely was the best risotto I have ever tasted. There is also quite a modern twist to some of the meals, with my starter revolving around a parmesan ice cream - simply delicious, covered in grated truffle. My girlfriend started with sweet roasted peppers and some sort of anchovy purée, also served with buffalo ricotta and bread; followed by a simple truffle risotto.
The wine selection is modest, and consists solely of local 'house' wines if memory recalls. Not a single bottle will set you back more than €20. And one of the cheaper ones was absolutely delightful. A Barbera d'Asti, velvety, full bodied, slight tannin yet so easily drinkable.
If you go to Turin, you must visit this place at least once (and experience Aperitivi once too!). I can't fault it in any way. Two courses, water, wine and coffee: €51. Incredible value for one of the best dining experiences I've ever had.
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