In a relatively unknown district, just outside Caselle Torinese – best known for its airport than for other things – there is an inviting and pretty place: it’s Torteria Vaniglia, a family-run cakery, in a cozy and friendly location, with a local that is at the same time (not so) small and delicious.
The first thing you notice when arriving is its design: from the pastel color walls to furniture halfway between an American bakery and a 50s patisserie, with an accurate reinterpretation of what could have been a cliché. Until you see what we consider the strong point of this place (regarding the style): an old writing desk that now is a shelf full of beautiful mugs, tin boxes and handmade cookies. The staff – mother and daughter, we guess – is really helpful and kind, and ready to show you all the available desserts and to serve you breakfast (and more). We chose: a creamy slice of white chocolate and hazelnuts cake with a shortbread crust, and a soft double chocolate cake, with a pleasant bittersweet flavor and a layer of spreadable gianduia cream. Then a croissant filled with cream, a good choice but we are used to better brioches. Last but not least, what we liked the best, their handmade cookies: the crumbly Baci di Dama – typical of Piedmont – both black and white; and canestrelli, our favorite ones thanks to their melt-in-your-mouth consistency and their light citrus flavor.
Let’s end by saying that, even if it’s not as great as Berlicabarbis – a well-known cakery in Turin (here our review) – Torteria Vaniglia is so cozy and genuine that a place like this should exist in any country, and not only in Mappano (or in TV series).
Where: Piazza Don Amerano n. 4 – 10072 Mappano, Turin