And some information about the fabled ChocoPass!
When I went to Turin last time, I stopped with my father at the famous Baratti & Milano cafe’, right near the Piazza del Castello. I had eaten their chocolate before so I was familiar with them, but hadn’t been inside the cafe’ before. The cafe’ itself is very beautiful and has old-world charm which is a realtor’s way to say, “has original furnishings” since it has been on that spot for over 100 years. That day we preferred to stand at the bar and drink our treats instead of sitting down at the many tables inside. The atmosphere was peaceful and slightly hushed in the cafe’ since there wasn’t a lot of traffic in the adjoining chocolate store, and you couldn’t hear any of the foot traffic outside.
So back to the Bicerin. My friends in Turin always mention the Bicerin when talking about Torinese specialties, and though it was nearing hot weather time, I thought it would be one of the last times we could try the Bicerin without sweating.
According to the Cioccolato’ website, the Bicerin is:
…the Bicerin is a spin off of the Bavareisa, a drink already known in the 17th century. While in the latter the milk, coffee, and chocolate are mixed and sweetened with syrup, in the Bicerin the three ingredients remain very hot and in three separate layers.
Layers of espresso, thick hot chocolate and foamy milk. Like a huge, more chocolaty version of my beloved marocchino. Yum! And it didn’t disappoint, though I recommend it during colder times.
While the Bicerin may be Torino’s pride and joy of coffee drinks, the Caffe’ Shakerato is more of a national treasure and can be found throughout Italy in bars everywhere. It’s made by shaking espresso with sugar (or sugar syrup) and ice – some add milk here as well, and it ends up with a wonderful creamy froth. It’s my favorite summer drink – and I especially like a caffe’ shakerato with Bailey’s. Che goduria!!
The next time you’re in Turin (and not during the summer) be sure and check out the (fairly new) ChocoPass…why didn’t I think of this? Buy one for 24 or 48 hours and make your way around the city’s more interesting bars and cafe’s for chocolate tastings and samples. Some info about the Chocopass and a PDF of the locations participating and what you get.
Baratti & Milano
Piazza Castello 27 – Turin