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Barratti & Milano: Hot chocolate to die for
I originally wrote this review in 2007, but thought it was time to update with some better photos. As for the Baratti & Milano experience itself, some things never change - walking through the doors is always like stepping back in time to all the other occasions I've sat and had a chocolate here.
Italian cafes are renowned for the real deal for hot chocolate; dense and truly chocolatey. Baratti & Milano delivers all this in its cioccolata plus a good, sophisticated taste. There's more than just chocolate drinks here too. Beautiful cakes and sandwiches are available, as well as an extensive list of teas and coffees.
Try the bicerin too. This is a coffee drink with three layers native to Turin: a chocolate base, coffee next, topped off with a froth.
Turin is famous for this type of establishment and this particular cafe was once patronised by the Italian royal family. The cafe is as elegant as you would expect, if ever so slightly frayed around the edges, and has always been pleasantly full with customers whenever I've visited. Service is efficient and polite and it's a really nice place to relax with something sweet after a day of exploring the city. Very good for people watching too.
The cafe also has a shop section with a host of chocolate products to buy.
For some reason, Baratti & Milano doesn't seem to make the list of the various Italian-language Turin food/cafe guides I've seen recently. Is it considered too touristy? Well, all I can say is that it seems to be very popular with locals and I don't think I've ever heard any English spoken. The refreshments themselves are as good as ever and well worth the price of admission.
Favorite Dish: Hot chocolate with cream. The super-thick panna served at the cafe makes the drink even more memorable. Definitely worth the 8 Euros it costs. Go for the gianduja version for even more indulgance!
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"CAFFE BARATTI e MILANO"!: Coffee and Chocolate
Whenever I am travelling to Torino, I always pay a visit to my favourite Cafe: Baratti e Milano!
It' s a real pleasure to sip my cappuccino or any other kind of coffee, accompanied with all that variety of chocolate or any other pastry!
You should not forget that Torino is the "Chocolate Capital" of Italy!
Caffe Baratti e Milano was founded in 1874 and it is a landmark for the City of Turin.Inside the Cafe reigns an atmosphere of elegance, as it used to be in the past times.
Closed on Mondays.
Favorite Dish: Everything from coffee that only Italians can make, to small or bigger choco delicacies.
Any kind of pastry.
Especially try: bignoli and gianduiotti.
Baratti & Milano: One of the most famous restaurants
"Baratti & Milano" is one of the most ancient, deluxe and expensive restaurants I've seen in Torino. It is located at the entrance of the Galleria Subalpina. I didn't have lunch there but if you have a lot of money, you may find it great.
Bar Barrati & Milano: Best Chocolata calda :D
Baratti e Milano, in the glass-roofed Galleria Subalpina near Via Po, is one of Turin's charming old caf?s. It's famous for its exquisite chocolates -- indulge your sweet tooth or buy some gianduiotti (hazelnut chocolates) or candied chestnuts to take home to friends. Light lunches are served at the tables to the rear of the caf?.
I only remember wearing a stunning summer dress and that I had a sugar high from all the chocolata-calda I drank... and there was of course my hunky boyfriend then.... long long ago ... sigh. To be 18 again ahhh!
The travelguide said: Baratti & Milano (caff?)
Per concedersi un caff? o aperitivo da veri signori, nella confetteria inaugurata nel 1873. Allora il locale era "Fornitore della Real Casa", oggi ? fornitore di ottimi cocktail e tramezzini indimenticabili. Il posto giusto anche per un pranzo, incredibilmente a prezzo modico (il piatto unico, delizioso, il dolce e un calice di vino non superano i 15 euro). Il locale - unico - ? in una location straordinaria, tra piazza Castello e la galleria Subalpina, a due passi dall'altro storico caff? Mulassano. Il locale ? stato ristrutturato recentemente senza tradire la tradizione.
Favorite Dish: chocolata calda & gelato menta
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