Subject: Slow Food - Torino
Torino is so different than other Italian cities but a marvelous place to visit--just strolling along the area around Via Roma and stopping for a snack and/or coffee in any of the wonderful cafes is a memorable experience. The coffee there is the best I have had. Among the many things we did, we enjoyed the Egyptian Museum there very much.

Piemonte is a lovely Region with many beautiful towns dotting its hills. I would guess that per capita it has more outstanding restaurants than any other part of Italy. And, naturally, the wines have superior reputations--and lofty prices to match! A terrific trip would be to get to Nice for a few days, drive along the coast stopping in Genova for a couple of days, then over the mountains to explore Piemonte, stopping in Torino for two days and then driving slowly along the lakes for a few days and ending the trip in Milano for a two or three day stay before departing for home.

There is a shop in NYC that carries that balsamic--for a couple of ounces it is over US$100. How much is it there?

>The wine tasting room at the Slow Food Conference was beyond descripton
>with over 2700 bottles of wine open for tasting.

Sounds like the bash the group had in NYC this past spring. It was quite a treat tasting all those fabulous wines--that alone was worth the Slow Food membership dues. I just downsloaded the new best wines of 2000 published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food http://www.slowfood.com for my travel book. So perhaps when we are in Roma and Napoli over the next weeks I will be able to find a few of them to have with dinner. I never bring any wine back because the good prices and availability of these in NYC negate the lugging of the heavy bottles around airports.

Peter