The Quadrilateral old town of Turin/Torino, just off Piazza Castello is the trendy, nightlife heart of Turin.
Much like Soho or Notting Hill in London it has undergone a metamorphosis over the last few years and any tour of Turin's nightlife should include a visit to this area. On Friday and Saturday nights the area comes alive and its many restaurants and bars are packed full of locals enjoying a little "dolce vita".
At the heart of it all is the Tre Galline restaurant, which dates back to 1575 and has seen it all. The restaurant is just as popular as ever and still sticking to its roots by offering excellent Piedmont fare.
The prices are not the cheapest but the quality is invariably optimal although service can be a little patchy. On a busy night they sometimes seem a little overwhelmed.
This is a good place to sample the bollito misto or the fritto misto, two of the hallmark dishes of Piedmont cuisine. However, let me warn you that the bollito misto is only for those who LOVE garlic. Just have a look at a recipe to see how much goes into it.
This restaurant is much renowned in Turin for it’s vast collection of wine which can also be bought here.
The collection of Piedmont wines is exhaustive, as is the collection of Italian wines from other Italian regions with literally thousands of Italy’s best wines on offer.
I have enjoyed many a dinner in this restaurant and can thoroughly recommend it. The proof of just how good it is can be confirmed by the fact that after well over 400 year it is still going strong.
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