Food & Drink

Turin, shrewd— Turin


Guido Martinetti is one half of the chilled duo behind Grom ice cream (and one of our ‘new heroes’ featured in issue 29). When he is not on the road checking on suppliers, he can be found around Piazza Carlo Felice in his native Turin, where he eats, drinks and shops for fresh pasta and wine.

Guido Martinetti, Piazza Carlo Felice

“When I travel for work, I’m always in the car,” says gelato maker Guido Martinetti, as he strolls past food shops in Turin’s old town. “So it’s nice when I’m home and everything is reachable on foot.”

Turin native Martinetti clocks up the kilometres keeping tabs on suppliers. Keen on local provenance, he sources many ingredients from the surrounding Piedmont region, including freshly drawn milk, hazelnuts and organically cultivated fruit for his sorbets.

When not on the road, Martinetti’s stomping ground is the area around Piazza Carlo Felice. In…

Best in show – Belgian beer

Secret tipple


A Belgian beer held in the highest regard hails from the monks of the Sint-Sixtus brewery in the hamlet of Westvleteren. “We brew to be able to live, we don’t live to brew, and we keep production very small-scale,” says monk Manu.

The abbey produces three Trappist beers, of which the 12˚ is the most popular – it should be drunk, like red wine, at room temperature. Only for sale at the abbey at certain times of the year (whenever the monks need to raise some money), sales are limited to one case per registered car and have to be ordered in advance.

The only official bar in the world where you can drink Sint-Sixtus beer is In De Vrede (translation: In Peace), the unfussy tavern next to the Abbey. Score a seat outside and also try some bread with hennepot – a local speciality of cold chicken, veal and rabbit – or the ice cream made with Trappist beer.

sintsixtus.be; indevrede.be

Three famous Belgians:

01: Westmalle Triple: A golden, spicy Trappist ale from the Westmalle brewery.

02: 3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze: A true lambic beer with a cidery taste.

03: Sint-Bernardus Witbier: A hazy, wheaty white beer voted by Belgian beer connoisseurs as No 1.


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