One of the classic rites among Italians on lazy Sundays is to go to a pastry shop to buy “paste fresche” (a pastry with egg, cream i.e. the one you have to eat quickly); when I was a kid we used to go out for a walk at the park or in the city center with my grandparents, then before lunch we headed to a pastry shop and there we had “aperitivo” (for me it was an alcohol-free fruit cocktail, served like the ones for the adults) with “salatini” (small salted finger-food pastry) and bought fresh pastries before going home for a copious and happy lunch all together. My grandparents’ favorite was Pasticceria Dezzutto and, after trying some others, it still remains my beloved one in Turin.
Established in 1958, it is located in a very beautiful residential area, the so-called Cit-Turin (Cit means young or kid in Piedmontese, an indeed the area developed in the beginning of the 20th century). Beside fresh pastries, this beautiful bar offers a wide offer of” paste secche” (the dry and longer preservable ones), amazing “tramezzinis” (small white-bread sandwiches) and if you come around Christmas time, richly stuffed Panettones (typical sweet bread loaf). If this sounds too caloric for you it is also worth it to compensate that with an extended walk in the neighborhood, which offers a generous overview of art-nouveau architecture from the time when Turin was the capital of Italy and private bourgeoise invested their wealth in rich real estate.