Once you reach the Piazza della Vittoria, it would be almost impossible not to succumb to the temptation to stop in one of the bars under the porches. The Calicantus is just inside the arcades around the corner from the cathedral, and offers a young and fresh atmosphere. You can sit at the tables under the arcades, or in the inner room, and enjoy a quiet coffee or a cocktail. On the wall, a verse has been printed in large letters, written by the famous poet Ada Negri, who is celebrated in many places around the town, especially in the Ospitale Piazza.
If after a stroll through the city you fancy a good drink, one of the best places to enjoy it is in Piazza Castello, just before the start of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. In the square, just behind the statue of the king, is a cafe with outdoor seating and a spacious, elegant interior room. They serve great drinks, accompanied by a rich buffet at good prices. A perfect way to end a day of sightseeing.
On Sunday I tried this restaurant, which had come highly recommended by my friends. I was immediately struck by the elegance of the site, with original art nouveau furniture and a beautiful retro air. The food is great, everything homemade and delicious, all the way down to the bread basket with freshly baked breadsticks. The menu changes regularly according to the seasons and the market; I had cream of pumpkin soup and shrimp, and my partner opted for the homemade pappardelle with local gorgonzola. We had a delicious mascarpone tart for dessert, and spent just over € 50 for the two of us. Great value for money.