Adventures in Val Chisone and around

Adventures, observations,events and comments on life in an alpine valley in Italy from an English family living next door to the largest fortress in Europe. (Fenestrelle)
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Thursday, 26 June 2008

Getting a taste of Pussey

I do love the English language. Yesterday after during one of our many visits to Eataly, the Slowfood emporium I came across a new drink called Pussy (ooh er fnar fnar!) I just had to write a blog to tell the world about it. Maybe I just liked the innuendo of it's name and the games that could be played with it. I will just leave it at that and say that having tasted Pussy it was quite pleasant and I would happily do it again!

Eataly is an amazing place for serious foodies and if you are ever in or around Turin it should be a "must see". I have written about it before but when a place has so much to offer it deserves another mention. Built in what was one of Turin's original Vermouth distilleries and retaining much of the original structure including the large wine tanks and courtyards, it has now become an extremely light and airy building full of charm, character and atmosphere.

Amongst the delights they have on offer we have recently tried a rather special cheese produced by Baladin in Cuneo. What they have done is take a good quality mountain "toma" cheese and during it's manufacturing process have soaked it in one of their exceptional real ales. This beer washing of the cheese has given a silky creamy cheese an extra dimension. It just has to be tried to be appreciated. You just have to get to it before I do!

With all this food around you it is easy to work up an appetite. No problem as they have cleverly included a pizzeria, vegetable servery, salami and cheese bar as well as a fish bar and a fantastic meat bar where they serve some exquisite meals. You can just roam from one to the next creating your own roaming lunch or dinner. If you prefer something a little more structured then book yourself into their evening dinners or cook and eat lessons with top chefs.

Once you have sampled the main meal then move on to the Gelataria which provides organic icecream and sorbets as well as other amazing deserts and then there is the bar where they serve excellent coffee or you could sample one of the many digestivi as well as partake in aperetivi in the true Torinese style in the early evening.
A trip to this part of town is not complete without a visit to the Lingotto building which was originally a Fiat factory with a race track built on the roof. Today you can go up to the roof to see the banked corners as well as view what was the Agnelli Family private art collection which includes , Picasso, Manet and my personal favourite Canaletto.

If you want a trip around this amazing city consider a stay at The Belvedere B&B. We can organise and show you around!

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