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 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.