After a long (but very scenic) train ride and dumping our bags in the apartment we’d rented for the night we set off to explore Turin. Exploring Turin on our evening there was to be finding the central square and guzzling Italy’s finest drink. The Aperol Spritz. As the sun disappeared behind the fantastic architecture of Turin and our stomachs rumbling, the afternoon’s cicchetti having long past, we searched for dinner. We were well rewarded for our efforts with Diecicento. A beautiful pizzeria to be found in the heart of Turin,not far from the historic Piazza Castello.
Don’t be fooled by the price ranges in Turin offered on websites. I consider €8 for a pizza of this magnitude to be a fairly unbeatable prize. I went for the Cenisia which after copious amounts of Aperol was difficult to say, needlessly I paired the pizza with yet another spritz.
The Cenisia pizza had a tomato base, radicchio, Italian sausage and a mixture of gorgonzola and mozzarella. The base itself was sublime, charred in places with a great crunch and other parts soft and chewy. The tomato sauce was fresh, the taste you get from tomatoes just prised from their vines. Punctuated with basil and oregano and a good cranking of black pepper. The toppings were plentiful with Gorgonzola and sausage in equal measures. The bitterness of the radicchio balanced the heavy saltiness of the cheese and prevented the flavours of the blue cheese from being overbearing and drowning out the others. The pizzas were prepared in front of our eyes and our waiter was very forgiving of our terrible attempts at Italian. The pizza was followed by one of my favourite Italian desserts. The panna cotta (€6).
Though this variant was rather un-photogenic. It was at least perfectly wobbly. That silky texture too, no grains of gelatine left here! Topped with a mountain of red berries I’d hoped would add some sweetness to the dish. Unfortunately, they were so sharp I sucked a breath in so fast I almost lost my new filling. A dusting of sugar wouldn’t have gone amiss.
On the whole though, a good stop and one that represented value for money in this Hidden Gem of a city. Out of all my travels to Italy so far. Turin remains top.