The “Caffè Torino”, located under the Baroque arcades, has been active since 1903. It immediately became a Piedmontese drawing room. Illustrious visitors: from Pavese to Einaudi to De Gasperi. But even the myths of the 1950s loved to stop here: James Stewart, the disturbing Ava Gardner at the time of her love for Walter Chiari, the splendid Brigitte Bardot. And again, the unforgettable Erminio Macario..
You cannot admire a staircase like Caffè Torino’s without imagining a diva’s gloved fingers sliding slowly the handrail. This sumptuous scenography has admired by more than one, from Ava Gardner to timeless Brigitte Bardot, who seemed to order a coffee “chaud comme l’enfer, pur comme un ange et doux comme l’amour”, as stated in a painted maxim on the coffered ceiling. A little further on, “È una vecchia storia, ma rimane sempre nuova” (That’s an old story yet always new): German poet Heine’s verses describe a spot where Belle Époque never seems to end.
Caffè Torino is renowned for refreshments, cocktails, especially Christmas and Easter packaging’s.
Cuisine serves traditional national dishes without forgetting to wink at the tastiest Piedmontese dishes