Turin (Various locations)
Italy really is home to the best ice cream on earth. Turin though has a reputation for being quite cold and famed of course for it’s winter sports. So how popular was ice cream going to be in this part of Italy? Well fortunately for us the snow had disappeared, the sun was out and summer was at it’s peak during our July visit to Piedmont.
We had been researching where best to get our ice cream fix in Turin and had come up with a chain of small ice cream shops called Grom. Smart, clean parlours with a small variety of flavours each hidden under a metal lid. We first visited Grom’s location at Corso Giuseppe Siccardi buying two medium cups of salted caramel ice cream at a cost of around €3.50 (£3.10) each which we enjoyed sitting in the adjacent park Giardino Sambuy.
The ice cream here is high quality and goes down way too quick. That’s always a good sign. The rich flavour of the salted caramel was just amazing, often it can dull a flavour ever so slightly with the freezing process – not so with this one. We loved it. A real must on a red hot day in Turin.
Our next visit to Grom was to sample some Nocciola or hazelnut ice cream, famed in these parts due to Nutella being a prized export of Piedmont. We ended up at the Via Garibaldi branch just metres from Piazza Castello which had benches outside for you to sit and enjoy your frozen sweet treat. An added bonus with Grom is that the staff tend to know a little English which goes a long way in a predominantly Italian speaking part of Northern Italy with far less tourism than say Milan or Venice.
The Nocciola ice cream i’m pleased to say was another knockout. Again the preservation of strong flavour and perfect texture has to be applauded from Grom – these guys really know what they are doing. Yes the ice cream may be a touch more expensive than a regular place in town but you really do notice the shift in quality. Grom’s locations are dotted all around central Turin so my advice would be to seek one out – go and try the best ice cream in Turin.
Opening times: Daily 1100-0030