Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region in Italy, might be known as the home for the FIAT car company but this city is also rich in culture. I had been to Piedmont the year before when I visited the small town of Alba so I was enthusiastic to visit the capital. So in 2014 I spent a weekend here exploring the city!
Our first night we dined at Tre Galline Restaurant serving delicious Piedmontese cuisine.
Overall I’d rate Ristorante Tre Galline at a 7/10 because everything was well executed for traditional Piedmontese cuisine.
The next day we headed to Mole Antonelliana to get a view of Turin and the cinema museum.
One of the main reasons we visited Turin was to dine at Combal.Zero, a two Michelin star restaurant in Rivoli (about 30 minutes outside of Turin). Chef Davide Scabin creates art on a plate with unique flavor combinations and innovative techniques. We decided to try the tasting menu.
Combal.Zero is located on top of a castle in Rivoli which creates the perfect backdrop for the restaurant. The food here was original and modernized traditional Italian cuisine. Some of my favorite dishes were the seafood egg, risotto with ceviche, celery root with morel mushroom, and the snapper and quail. The seafood egg had an amazing airy texture and paired beautifully with the bell pepper foam. The risotto with ceviche was served with tender pieces of seafood and a delicious broth that was rich in crustacean flavor. The celery root with morel mushroom was a divine vegetarian dish; the roasted celery root complimented the earthy morel mushroom perfectly. Lastly, the snapper with quail was a combination of ingredients I would never think of but worked harmoniously. Both proteins were cooked to tender perfection served with a cucumber “maki” (roll) and a scrumptious meat jus. Unfortunately we didn’t get to try some of chef Davide Scabin’s signature dishes because they were on the à la carte menu. His most well known dishes are cyber egg and breaded steak fillet. Combal.Zero has been one the most creative restaurants I have been to in Italy that served delectable and enticing food that also made you think. Therefore, my overall rating is a 7.5-8/10. If you’re up for trying innovative food then this is the restaurant for you.