In the 19th century, straight connections between Turin and Monferrato region passed through steep hills and harsh routes; the shipping of goods and persons was made with chariots and horses were the main means of transport. Due to increasing traffic, one trader had the brilliant idea to open, at the low start of one of those routes, a tavern, which besides food and drinks offered services such as “stallaggio”, a term referred to the care and maintenance of tired horses (so now you know also the origin of the term hostel!), as well as postal service (Posta in Italian).
Since 1951 the Monticone family has successfully kept alive the tasty and the traditional cuisine heritage of the place, which for me represents one the few genuine spots left in Turin. Every time I go the customers are usually the same faces, gourmand habitués or old friends of the owner and the atmosphere is very familiar.
Concerning the food, besides traditional recipes of agnolotti or bollito (a delicious specialty, as long you like stewed lungs, cheeks and wattles) the choice of cheeses is just amazing, paired with a wide selection of jams and mustards. And please remember: enjoy your meal in Piedmontese is “Bon apti”!