For those of you who read my post Home of Fiats, you will remember that I could not wait to try a bicerin. I remember thinking that it does not look like an Italian word so I looked up how to pronounce it so I would not get this wrong. According to the Internet it is pronounced 'bis-er-in' or 'bi-zer-in'. Hmm. Will and I were not convinced.
|The river Po, Turin|
After a fantastic continental breakfast at the Hotel Continental, we checked out and drove our car further into the centre of Turin. Underneath one of the most famous piazza's in Turin, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, there is an underground car park. We parked very easily and quickly and set off for a walk. This particular piazza is along side the river Po. I loved the setting with the rain, the mist, the river and the old buildings. It looked romantic.
|Beautiful city of Turin, Italy|
It was raining and cold so we wandered around the square and found one of the oldest cafes in Turin, Caffe Vittorio Veneto, where we could sample a bicerin. To reiterate, a bicerin is a layered drink of expresso, giandujotto liqueur, hot chocolate and whipped cream.
|Yes, I wanted this photograph to look this way! (experimenting)|
Will asked the barista, who told him the drink is pronounced 'bi-cher-ino'. Now, that makes sense!
We found a table by the window and our drinks were brought over. The charming barista had also made baby versions for our little boys!
The bicerins were almost like a meal. You must never stir a bicerin (according to Torinese), but sip and savour the individual layers. Absolutely delicious.
|Bicerin (on the left) and the baby version (right)|
|People watching from the cafe window|
Our boys' mini-bicerins just contained hot chocolate and whipped cream. I think that was enough in itself to make them slightly hyper for an hour without the expresso and giandujotto. Will and I were bouncing off the walls for the next two hours.
So, when in Turin, definitely drink a bicerin!
|Bicerin in Torino = delizioso!|