When we first visited Turin in 2014 we instantly adored the culture and cuisine; and featured Five Vegan Eats in Turin along with a post on Vegan-Friendly Gelaterias in Turin. Upon our return in April 2017 we renewed our love for this city. While some of the restaurants and shops we previously frequented have closed, overall there are more vegan options in the city now. Turin remains a favorite of ours; it’s authentic, progressive, unpretentious and the people have a genuine passion for their food.
Highlights from our trip to Turin include artisanal vegan pastries at Ratatouille and a deftly prepared dinner in unfussy surroundings at Soul Kitchen. Beyond the five vegan-friendly restaurants we mention, there is a city brimming with vegan options.
Turin: Flower Burger
Italian vegan burger chain started in Milan in 2015 and quickly expanded to Rome, Monza and Turin. Straightforward menu with burgers, potato wedges, desserts and drinks. Charcoal, turmeric and 7-grain buns add a bit of flair – during our visit they also had a limited edition cherry bun. Burger patty options include chickpea, seitan and lentil. A variety of discounts are posted; including 20% off every Monday for Meatless Monday. Convenient stop if you’re craving a vegan burger. Bonus, they’re open on Sundays and most holidays.
Quick, casual vegetarian deli counter featuring savory, mostly vegan, dishes often using local seasonal ingredients. For lunch you have the option of a small plate with 3 dishes or a large plate with 4-5 dishes of your choice. Order at the counter and your plate is warmed in a microwave. Menu items change daily, vegan dishes are clearly labeled and quantities are limited. Arrive early for more options. Food can also be purchased by weight for takeaway. A delectable selection of desserts are also available, changing daily. Only open for lunch.
Just off the Porta Palazzo market, the casual and exclusively vegan deli counter at Mezzaluna offers fast, simple options for dine in or takeaway throughout the day. In the back is a modest vegan grocery store (with a small, labeled, section of non-vegan vegetarian items). The dinner menu excels at well seasoned and comforting local dishes, with the occasional international inspiration or unique ingredient thrown in. Mezzaluna is a consistent and reliable vegan option in Turin and their dinner service is satisfying and unpretentious.
Vegan bakery with an impressive assortment of artisanal pastries, cakes, cookies and ice cream desserts. Ratatouille also has lunch and dinner service, including pizza al padellino (a local Turin style pizza). There’s a deli counter with an array of savory dishes for takeaway and a small but extensive selection of local and imported vegan groceries filling out the remainder of the shop. Not be missed by anyone who enjoys authentic Italian sweets.
Turin: Soul Kitchen
Beyond the warm, rustic atmosphere of Soul Kitchen is an exceptional restaurant that combines flavor and technique for a memorable dining experience in Turin. While lunch offers your standard fare of burgers, pasta and the likes; where Soul Kitchen shines is their inspired dinner service. Creatively crafted and delicately plated dishes highlight regional seasonal produce. Menus are not available online and change due to the seasonality and availability of ingredients. Soul Kitchen is entirely vegan. We previously mentioned the lunch service at Soul Kitchen in our Five Vegan Eats in Turin.
Barbabuc: Raw agretti (Monk’s Beard) salad with radish & basil on bittersweet cauliflower/turmeric/mint tabouleh
Insalatina di agretti crudi al profumo di basilico e verdurine croccanti su taboulé agrodolce di cavolfiore alla curcuma e menta
Ricchezza e povertà: Fresh tagliolino pasta with agretti (Monk’s Beard), truffle butter and fresh truffle on celeraic & Jerusalem artichoke cream
Tagliolino fresco con agretti, burro tartufato e tartufo fresco su crema di sedano rapa e topinambur
Temptation: Marinated tempeh with sage and licorice served on almond/cauliflower based cream, nests of agretti (Monk’s beard), balsamic tapioca ‘caviar’ and roasted zucchini filled with vegetable cream cheese and topped with almond foam
Tempeh di fagioli dell’occhio marinato in salvia e liquirizia servito su vellutata di cavolfiore alla mandorla, nido di agretti, caviale di tapioca al balsamico, zucchine arrostite con cuore cremoso di ricotta vegetale e aria di mandorla
Sicilia: Quinoa croissant with tomato wafer & almond ricotta garnished with ground caper berries, pistachio and chili threads
Ricottina di mandorle, polvere di capperi di Pantelleria, granella di pistacchio di Bronte, cialdini al pomodoro secco
Matrimonio tra paccari e paccheri: Stuffed ‘Paccheri’ (pasta) with tofu, spinach and asparagus cream, vegan cheese crisps and aromatic herbed breadcrumbs
Pacchero dell’antico pastificio Verrigni ripieno con tofu, spinaci e asparagi su crema bicolore, cialdine croccanti di formaggio vegetale e pane alle erbe aromatiche
Desiderio d’inverno: Laphroaig whisky semifreddo with nutmeg biscuits, fresh black truffle and chocolate
Semifreddo al whisky torbato Laphroaig, biscotti alla noce moscata e tartufo nero pregiato
The Soul: Raw chocolate and hazelnut ‘gianduja’ bar ,chocolate and coconut praline, and fresh passion fruit covered in hot chocolate cream
La nostra famosa torta cruda al cacao questo mese servita in una verticale di crudi con pralina al cocco, passion fruit e crema calda al cioccolato