One damp Torino morning , we had some time to kill before our Consorzio lunch reservation so we dropped into the La Farmacia del Cambio. I had known that it wasn’t what it seemed (a pharmacy) and that food was involved, but I didn’t know for sure exactly what it had happening..
Located in a former pharmacy that opened in 1833, Farmacia del Cambio has been converted into a charming extension of the one-star Michelin rated del Cambio restaurant. We were given a front row seat to the Del Cambio staff preparing the upcoming lunch shift as we sipped perfect cappuccinos (something much easier said to find than to be found).
When we first walked in, we passed a table that chocolate chip cookies on a glass cake stand. Since I’ve moved here, I’ve been on the prowl for to-die-for chocolate chip cookies. Sure, they’re fun to make on my own, but I do miss the days of walking into City Bakery or down into the NoMad kitchen for some freshly baked, professional style mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies. I felt my sweet tooth summoning me so I caved and ordered a chocolate chip cookie, which left me pleasantly surprised.
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, it was quite tasty and reminded me of an elevated version of the classic Toll House recipe. I was content. I still have yet to find one so good in Milan.
Farmacia del Cambio’s baked delights from Del Cambio’s pastry chef Fabrizio Galla and executive Matteo Baronetto like plum cakes (what Italians call pound cake), muffins, brownies, and more, with all sorts of packaged specialty goods for sale. . The perfect place to satiate and refuel, You can take lunch here, too, or drop in for an ape. I felt like I could have stayed there all day.
Piazza Carignano, 2
Open seven days: 9am – 9.30pm
+39 011 546690