Where to Snack & Party

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Rahlves and Holcomb on Sestriere
Sestriere, about 60 miles from Turin, was built in the 1930s at the behest of the patriarch of Italy's Fiat auto dynasty, including its signature tower hotels. It will host the majority of the 2006 alpine skiing events, as well as the bobsled competition.

Where to Snack:
Unsurprisingly, Turin is a place marked by gastronomic delights. The Piedmont region is also home some of Italy's most renowned wines (including Barolo, the “king of Italian wines”), hailing from the rolling vineyards one hour south of the city.

Talking of drink, the aperitif ritual was born right here with the Carpano Vermouth, created in 1786 by local liquor-shop assistant Antonio Benedetto Carpano. Today, this aromatic drink is commonly served with mini-tramezzini (a kind of club sandwich made with layers of soft sliced bread and prosciutto, olives, and cheese). Two of the best places to nip in for aperitifs and coffee are Caffè Mulassano (Piazza Castello 9; +39.011.547.990) and Caffetteria Minuto (Largo Giachino 110; +, where you can catch a break from the Olympic action, read the paper, and feed your caffeine needs.

For the sweet tooth, Baratti hard candies are a don't-miss Turin institution. Buy the classic "strong mint" by the pound in the historic Baratti & Milano pasticceria, or pastry shop, in the city's central Piazza Castello (+39.011.440.7138). Turin is also the spot to buy gianduiotti, also known as gianduia, a delicate chocolate with a distinct hazelnut flavor to its soft, milky center. This famous Italian chocolate was served at the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III in Monaco in 1956. For something a little less venerable, try the Agorà pasticceria (Piazza Vittorio Veneto 23/B; +39.011.812.6533), a homey hangout for the city's chic 20-something crowd.

Where to Drink and Dance:
To hit the local party scene, bypass a full-course dinner and start at a crota piemontese, basically a bar for great wines and tasty tapas. La Crota Winebar (Corso Vercelli 102; + is one popular spot to grab a quick bite and meet up with friends. Expect to spend about $10 for a few glasses of fine vino and snacks.

The Tre Galli winebar (Via S. Agostino 25; +39.011521.6027) in the atmospheric quadrilatero romano (Roman quarter) is another fun place to hang with a young, local crowd. Local pasta specialties like agnolotti del plin (a small version of ravioli) are served in a chill cellar-like setting, where you could just as easily pass the whole night.

With your appetite sated and your late-night guns firing, hit Bar Klec Blazna (Via Don Bosco 69; +39.011.482.479), a hip spot with well-spun DJ music until 2:30 a.m. Facing the narrow course of Turin's Po River, Bar Imbarco Perosino (imbarco means pier) is a scenic locale with dancing and drinks into the wee small hours (Viale Virgilio 53; +39.011.657.362).

Published: 19 Jan 2006 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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