On the outskirts of Torino, Italy, within a 20 minute drive of the center of the city, there is a stunning property called The Palace of Venaria. The palace, which was built in the 17th Century, was originally constructed as a royal residence and hunting lodge. During Napoleon’s reign, it was turned into a training ground for army troops. Today, the property houses an impressive art gallery that includes a collection of paintings, sculptures, and furniture.
It is also the location of Dolce Stil Novo, a Michelin-starred restaurant run by Chef Alfredo Russo. The food is a spin on Piedmontese cuisine and while the first course was rather whimsical, filled with dishes like oyster ice cream (pictured below), salmon infused with rosemary smoke (also pictured), and his take on a Shepard’s Pie, Chef Russo showed what was truly special about the local dishes by using seasonal ingredients native to the land and presenting us his take on the classics. If there’s one thing I’d like to highlight about our meal at Dolce Stil Novo, it was the service, which managed to be professional while allowing every customer to feel comfortable. It’s impressive when a restaurant’s staff can manage to make you feel at home, especially when you’re about to throw down some dough for your meal.
Disclaimer: This post is a part of a series that I will be doing on Torino, Italy. I was recently invited to take part in an all-expense paid tour of the area. The views on my blog are my own and in no way was I monetarily compensated for writing this entry (or required to post, for that matter).