Have you ever tried Torta Zurigo, a cake that dates back to the 1930s? You can still enjoy it in an old pastry maker in the centre of Pinerolo. And it is delicious.
Pinerolo, a village in the Susa Valley
Pinerolo is a historic town located in the Piedmont region, in North Italy, very close to Torino. With a rich heritage tracing its roots to Roman times, this town boasts remarkable architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and a bustling town square that hosts local markets and vibrant community gatherings. Pinerolo is also renowned for its equestrian heritage, as it is home to the prestigious Cavalry School and the celebrated Palio di San Secondo, a horse race held in a nearby village.
Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, Pinerolo offers a captivating blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and a culinary scene worth savoring. Additionally, it’s worth noting that the Iron Mask found its sad destiny here in Pinerolo. The Prison of Pinerolo, in fact, hosted the unknown man, adding an intriguing historical layer to its allure.
Antica Pasticceria Castino
Antica Pasticceria Castino is a beloved pastry shop in Pinerolo. It is located in the very centre, right in front of the beautiful Cathedral. Opened in 1925, this charming establishment has been a local treasure for generations, known for its delectable array of pastries, cakes, and artisanal sweets. With a commitment to using the finest ingredients and time-honored recipes, Pasticceria Castino crafts mouthwatering treats that captivate the senses. The warm ambiance and friendly staff make it a must-visit for both locals and tourists seeking a taste of authentic Italian pastry craftsmanship.
The Zurigo Cake
Around the 1930s, Castino introduced its own creation, which, alongside the panettone, became the iconic dessert of Pinerolo: the Torta Zurigo-Castino.
A cocoa shortcrust pastry is at the base of this voluptous cake. A generous amount of chantilly cream enriches it. The genous who invented it decided to cover it with light chops of chocolate, nougat and to guarnish it with caramellized cherries on top. Definetly worth a try!
So, wether you are visiting Pinerolo or having a holiday in the Susa Valley, include a stop at Pasticceria castino for a nice treat. And enjoy this incredible cake.
Antica Pasticceria castino
Piazza San Donato, 42
Pinerolo – Torino
Open Mon-Sat from 8 am to 1pm and from 3.30pm to 8.30pm
Tested in September 2023