Curious in Torino (Turin) — Ice Cream Heaven

DarkChoc/Cherry @L’Essenza del Gelato

I felt really lucky when I could return to wonderful Turin in less than six months.  This time invited to attend the fourth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital (Turinepi).  The chance of meeting other foodies and food professionals in the slow-food capital was enticing; how could I say no!  You will find details of the meeting experience on my upcoming guest post ‘Turin:  An Italian Discreet Gem’.  It will be featured soon on the Turinepi’s website.

IMG_1868If you are traveling to Turin for the first time, have a look to the Sneak Peak ‘Curious in Torino (Turin)’, which I published after my first visit earlier this year.

The three-day meeting took place last week, and I just came back on Sunday.  This time I was determined to try as much ice cream (gelato) as I could, and that is what I did.  There are so many ice cream parlors (gelaterias) in the city that I appreciated all those local foodies’ tips.  This post is a personal homage to all those Turinese, who dedicate their time and effort making fantastic ice cream!

Where else could you find a “Teatro Gianduia”?


After trying different flavors in a couple of gelato places every single day, I have come up with a short list of favorites.  These gelaterias look for deliciousness using premium-quality ingredients.  Authentic taste is what really counts to them.  They are not selling you just something sweet.  Now I list them in alphabetical order, because they are all superb!  Depending on your favorite flavor, you will find one or the other one better, but it is all a matter of taste, isn’t it?



L’Essenza del Gelato – Conveniently located 5-min walk from the Egyptian Museum or 7-min walk from the Cinema Museum.  This small gelateria is run by a young couple, who homemade their product next door.  They also offer vegan options.  IMG_1852 The parlor has only one bench and one table with two chairs, so it is more an ice cream to go.  I have been told that for the mint ice cream, they hand wash the leaves one by one!


The fruit flavors are excellent; you may find actual pieces of fruit.  I especially liked cilegia (cherry) and fragola (strawberry).

As expected in Turin, the chocolate ones, like ciocolatto fondente (dark chocolate) and the extra fondente (extra dark, no milk), were yummy as well.

My favorite flavor is always pistacchio, and at L’Essenza it was just amazing.  It reminded me of the another extraordinary pistacchio that I had in Matera at Gelateria l Vizi degli Angel.  See my Sneak Peek ‘An Enchanting Getaway to Puglia, the Fertile High Heel of Italy’.


La Romana – With headquarters in Rimini since 1947, it is a well-established gelateria with more shops all over Italy, but also in Spain and Austria.  In Turin there are four parlors.  I went twice to the newest one in the heart of Turin at via S. Teresa 6B, just a few steps from Piazza San Carlo.


I tried cioccolato fondente (dark chocolate) and pistacchio.

Also bonèt all’amaretto (a traditional, Piedmontese, chocolate dessert) and frutti di bosco (berries).  The bonèt one was mouthwatering.

Everything in their pasticceria (pastries and cakes) display looks delicious.

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The pâtissier at work is showcased too!

Artisanal bakery at its best

Mara dei Boschi – This gelateria applies the concept of ice cream lab, where they research and experiment with ice cream flavors.  I would say that they are successful IMG_2111with their experiments; you will always find a queue.  They have two locations:  one in the San Salvario district in Turin and another one in Alba.

Through an adjoining door, you will find the Orso Laboratorio Caffé, a little café with lots of charm.

Here with Carolina (Tastes of Carolina) and Amanda (Amanda’s Wine Adventures) enjoying Mara dei Boschi gelato after our Turinepi roundtable.  None of us hesitated in getting one!

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I wanted to show this great spot to my husband; fortunately, it was just a few blocks from the hotel.  With him we tried lampone (raspberry), fondente+arancia (dark chocolate+orange) and mara dei boschi (fruit of the forest), pistacchio, cocco+yuzu (coconut+yuzu).  This time raspberry surpassed all expectations.

Gelati Pepino (1884) – See also my review on Pepino on Sneak Peak ‘Curious in Torino (Turin)’.  On that first visit we only had their apericena. This time we had time for an aperitif and also for an ice cream.  Pepino is located in the splendid Piazza Carignano.

You don’t even need to get inside to have your ice cream, just order it at their window counter.

It was so hot (over 33°C!) that I had frutti esotici (in this case, pineapple and passion fruit) … refreshing, fruity, delicious!

After this gelato tour in Turin, you will find it really hard to like it somewhere else.  I am considering going back there or ordering an ice cream machine to experiment myself.

13 thoughts on “Curious in Torino (Turin) — Ice Cream Heaven

  1. My personal test for an ice-cream parlour is the quality of their lemon sorbet. When I was a child I used to insist on asking for lemon and hazelnut. The most passionate ice cream sellers would refuse to serve me, saying the two tastes didn’t go together 🙂

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  2. Oh you were so much better than me at hunting down all the gelaterias! Thank you for pointing out La Romana’s location as I have been thinking about that gelato since I went there! I am not big on ice cream, in fact, I RARELY ever have it when I’m here in the US. It just doesn’t appeal to me, unless I make my own decadent chocolate ice cream. However, I really feel like I NEED to go back to Turin, even if it’s just to have gelato again! Isn’t that terrible?! Yikes! I thought there was a La Romana in Barcelona and was so deflated to learn that they are elsewhere in Spain 😦

    I loved meeting you and the others at Turin Epicurean Capital this month and looking forward to reliving our fun through all of our posts!

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    1. Yes, I had lots of fun trying out all those ice creams last week. Actually, I’m also not the ice cream person, but being in Italy it’s always different, because for me the pistacchio one there is unique. Discovering such good Gelaterias in Turin has been a delicious, great experience!
      It won’t take long before La Romana opens more shops … who knows, perhaps in L.A.! Otherwise, you know where to find one in Turin.

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    2. I need to go back to Turin too. It is such an amazing city. Can’t wait to write about it. Thanks for a great post Foodiesneakpeeks 😉 Hope you ladies had fun at Lucia’s event. xx

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      1. You’re totally right, Ishita. Turin gives you so many reasons to return!!! I’m glad you enjoyed the post; this week the second part is coming.
        I enjoyed the meet a lot. Lucia did a great job. Thank you, again, for having introduced me to Turinepi! I hope we can meet in person as well.

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