TORINO
TORINO

TORINO

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.torinoferndale.com/
  • Phone: 2482471370x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, French / Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Garrett Lipar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bermuda
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered lots across Nine Mile or street parking in neighborhood north of Nine Mile.
A word from TORINO
Prix fixe 9 course chef's tasting menu, changing monthly. Seasonally focused cuisine. Handcrafted cocktails, unique wine list, and craft beer.

Please call if you have trouble booking with Opentable, we may have private rooms or bar seating available by phone only.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
TORINO reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)special occasion (43)notable wine list (22)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (8)good for groups (5)late-night find (1)Show More
  • We thoroughly enjoyed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Mind you, this restaurant was voted best of Detroit in 2014, so we came with expectations! The Torino chef, staff, and bartender did not disappoint. The food was perfectly prepared, gorgeously presented and had unique favor combinations that truly complemented each other. If you want the pacing of the tastings to slow or pause, the staff accommodates your every wish. We will select the wine pairings next time, as I'm sure the experience will be even more explosive to the senses. Roger's Sensible Shrubbery cocktail was delicious and one of a kind, though, and we would stop in just for this drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Felt bamboozled a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    There is an upgraded wine pairing that is three times the amount that I was under the impression that I was offerering to my guests! Beware of the up sell!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoughts on Torino
    Mickey
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Thought the tables were odd, most two seaters you had to sit next to your guest fine for a date otherwise odd. I thought that having only an eight course option was very limiting and expensive, $89.00. If you wanted a drink at the bar and a snack did not appear to be a choice. Food was very good but the restaurant will not have diners that go regularly at that price, will be a special occasion place and they don't always last long. It won't be a hangout in Ferndale.
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    fit for foodies
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  • As foodies we were disappointed
    notuptopar
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We came to Torino with great expectations. We had been to Moto in Chicago and thought the tasting menu would be a similar experience. We chose to go with the top end experience and have the wine pairing with our 9 course tasting menu. The service was quite nice and we felt that we were being well taken care of, unfortunately, we were terribly disappointed by the food. The presentation was nice but the taste each of the items was across the board unimpressive. Either the mix of tastes were confused, some plates had very sweet items mixed with savory items, some were bland, others just not tasty. We were very disappointed. It was our anniversary, we had high expectations, we were terribly disappointed...
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite a dining experience
    Torofoodies
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was very excited to go here, and my expectations were high! They didn't disappoint. We enjoyed a drink at the bar prior to being seated, enjoying a great conversation with the bartender about the history and philosophy of the restaurant. Once seated for dinner we enjoyed a truly outstanding dining experience, with amazing tastes. Loved this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tinthed
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Outstanding food and service. This was my second time and every dish was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent choices in terms of ingredients put together with flavorful sauces that ripe with complexity. Perhaps a bit pricey but still worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I have had the luxury of eating at many fine establishments within the U.S. and Europe and this is probably one of the best meals we have ever had. It blew our minds that such a gem was within our local area. The food was not only delicious, but intriguing and beautifully prepared. This was an anniversary dinner that we will never forget!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time and just as good as 1st
    RyanSquaredVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was our second experience at Torino. Both were amazing and worth every penny! The staff is attentive and very knowledgable. The food is beyond great and the overall experience is just that;... An EXPERIENCE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentablediner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    At Torino, it is all about the food. Spectacular craftsmanship, each course is like a work of art. And while there is a heavy emphasis on unusual ingredients and preparation techniques (think lots of infusions, foams, and "essences"), the food tastes excellent too. The one downside: the atmosphere doesn't match the food. The seating is a bit uncomfortable and awkward L-style shape, and the building is very bare-bones. For this price-point, you expect something special about the surroundings too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative Cuisine
    diner1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As creative as you get, with outstanding pairings. Glad we have a place like this in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Refined dining
    Mighty
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you want farm to table with edible flower and sous vide style cooking, this is your place to go. Chef Garrett proves why Torino is restaurant of the year! This is my 2nd visit and I can't say the food was any better or worse the 2nd time around. From Ian the sommelier/drink specialist to the waiters/waitresses, the presentation of each food and drink was on point. The creativity was spectacular as your taste buds would hit fruity notes in one dish and savory & salty in another! I had a pen to make notes on certain dishes and boy am I. Will I add gooseberries to my dishes or quenelle my ice cream? Probably not, but that's why I leave such fine dining to chef's like Chef Garrett. You truly won't be disappointed if you come open minded
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good ingredients/poor execution
    mdmdVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    They have the right idea, and use good ingredients, but the execution is terrible. The meat was oversalted. All of the dishes were very acidic- there was little balance. Very nice staff and attentive service, but the execution and attention to detail in the dishes needs to be tightened up if Torino is going to go the tasting menu route. I was pretty disappointed for the money spent.
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  • Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
    Detroitdiners
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was amazing. It got better and better with each course. The wine pairing was amazing. The wines were perfectly paired and brought out the amazing flavours of each dish. And the service was amazing. All of the staff were knowledgable about the menu and truly seemed to care. We cannot wait till we return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but lacking ambiance
    12345
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The tasting menu is a great concept, and the food was wonderful, but it took us over 10 mins. to get our first drink order. It would have been nice if they waited to bring our first course out after the drinks were served; most people prefer something a bit more flavorful than water with dinner. This is most likely because the bartender was paying a lot more attention to the cackling (unattractive, sorry) women at the bar - people go here for thoughtful dining experiences, they should not have a "bar crowd" there - especially when dinner is $89 for food only, THEN wine and drinks in addition (moderately/fairly priced for bottles of wine, expensive for mixed drinks). Seating was not very comfortable. Our server was prompt and attentive.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Find
    tablefor6
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We loved the meal and the ambience of Torino's. This was our second dining experience there and on this visit we ate in the larger room with two other couples. It was great!! We could not ask for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goodeater
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    When I called before my reservation, they told me that I could bring my own wine & that the corkage fee was $50. Upon my arrival, they said that they did not allow people to bring their own wine. The chef is amazing, talented, and makes fabulous food. However, the Torino wine list leaves much to be desired.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fine Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful food and wine pairing menu. We especially loved the vegetable and fish courses. Service was friendly, efficient, and attentive. We have dined at many restaurants in New York and other places around the world and the food was right up there with some of the best. Congratulations to the fine team at Torino!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Torino for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    From the moment we walked in every thing was first rate. We ordered a couple of cocktails which were totally different then anything we had before anywhere. Then the plates started coming, each one was better then the next. The service was great, plates and silverware were changed after each course. We thought we would not be full after we finish we were.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, rushed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food tasting experience is amazing, but after, you will want to go somewhere for dinner. The service is to perfection, but works really hard to rush you out the door. The food and beverage pairing is amazing and worth the try. Overall a marvelous experience, except for feeling really rushed and somewhat still hungry when all was said and done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    kitkateroo
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything about Torino was amazing. We chose the wine pairing with the food and the whole experience was awesome. They also easily accommodated our gluten free request. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JC13
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had been wanting to eat at Torino for a long time. As it happened the nine course meal began the month of June. We went on a Friday evening at 6 pm. We let them know ahead of time about some food allergies and none appeared on the menu. We opted for the wine tasting and experienced almost all new wines to us. Food was sometimes playful looking and other times very elegant and/or pretty. We enjoyed all but one dish as neither of us like venison or mushrooms. They both happened to be in the same course. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gr8Food
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    What dining out should be. Each dish has its own flavor, texture, and character without being overly complicated. Tasted items I would not normally order and now would if they appeared on a menu. Tasting menu offers the best of ingredients and chef's skill. And a very attentive staff. The evening, pleasurable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique but not enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Presentation of food was spectacular and service, but the amount of food was sparse.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PhD in flavor alchemy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Delicious! I would recommend the wine pairing. Thoughtfully chosen to bring out the unique flavors of each dish.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Creative Food in Michigan!
    weir
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Outstanding pairing of wines with each course - small plates give you a wonderful taste experience without overloading you - wish the restaurant was in a more scenic setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the TORINO reviews archive.
  • Best in town
    tutinho88
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Creative, well executed. Great food and drinks in general. A must in the area.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The chef's tasting menu is a breath of fresh air and so creative!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastronomic flavor exploration
    Garlica
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    You shouldn't expect to feel stuffed when dining at Torino. You go to Torino to taste bursts of interesting fresh flavor combinations in your mouth. You're not chowing down, you're tasting. It's a treat for your taste buds! We left Torino and headed straight away to "como's" for pizza. Our 18 yr old son(hallow leg)was still very hungry, however, he wanted to know when we could go back to Torino! Both kids LOVED it. New family favorite restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice with space for improvement.
    Juve
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This restaurant tries to recreate a closed menu experience typically founded in Top Restaurants recommended by "Guide Michelin", but there are some improvements that need to be done. I had the opportunity of experimenting some of this closed 5 courses menus experiences in several recommended "Guide Michelin" restaurants, but probably this was the smallest portion that I have experiment, and some of the courses where to Basic for a closed menu chef experience, but for the price we payed wasn't so bad. The Menu changes every week, so I recommend to give a try along with the wine suggestion and enjoy the experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal and service!
    ChrisD
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I cannot say enough good things about Torino. Each course is a work of art. Your tongue is alive with the flavors. The imagination that goes into the selection and presentation of each dish amazes me. I would love to be in one of their menu planning meetings for the week to come. It would be so interesting to hear how they come up with their creations. If you are a foodie at all, you will love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!!
    Wendy
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The whole dining experience was perfect - food was original, delicious, plentiful and fun. The waitstaff were energetic and knowledgable. The actual dining area was intimate and warm. Definitely a place that we will return to
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • An Amazing Gastro Experience
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Trorino is an amazing restaurant - one of the best gastronomic experiences in the state. It's unique take on food will leave you dazed. As with most tasting menus, the portions are small and leave you wanting more.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative!
    Laura5568
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Torino won restaurant of the year for reason. Their food is creative, delicious and carefully presented. Definitely worth a trip to Ferndale.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Entertainment alla Food
    Tastewell
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Going here, you are not merely feeding your belly; You are feeding your soul. Perhaps that was a bit hyperbolic, but this is not just like eating at any ordinary restaurant, be it a five-star establishment. Think of it more and as such as to be entertainment for your senses of smell and taste. Each course is proportionally built up with the next, and given ample time to appreciate. With the menu changing weekly, it is not of much use to elaborate on the particular food itself, but to give complete trust to the chef and his creations. Wine pairings, especially for the final courses, send things over the top, and for a pair of intimate diners, I would recommend at least one be ordered. -Dr. Hannibal Lecter P.S.Cocktails were also exceptional.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising find
    GeoffNVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Fantastic, imaginative food. Tasting menu is reasonable and innovative.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Left hungry
    Jgb8080VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were excited to go to toreno we had a good experience before left a little hungry that time but enjoyed the creative food. shockingly the portions were even smaller this time. We are all thin people who eat out often and have never been served so little food. It is arrogant of the chef to think this is acceptable or sustainable. We ordered 2 pizzas while still at the dinner table to meet us at home because we were starving. That's just wrong after paying 300 for dinner. This place won't be around much longer if they don't change their ways.
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  • Nice experience
    Tklogan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Torino is a great change of pace dining experience. Loved the opportunity to dine on the unique foods and preparations . My wife and I enjoyed it and highly recommend it if you are a little adventurous with your palate
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    Mdalal
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Tasked with impressing my D.C. Foodie parents, I took them to Torino for my birthday to show them Michigan has good food too. Well, needless to say they were very impressed, mentioning that Torino could stand it's ground in any major city. The staff was excellent, the right amount of personable and professional- which is always appricated. Our food, surprising, interesting, and not leaving us overwhelmed. I loved trying new indeed owners such as lichen and flash fries roots, or introducing my family to fiddleheads, which we're the best I have ever had. After I forgot my ID when celebrating my 21st birthday, they offered me a drink on the house when I return- very thoughtful. Highly recommended for a celebration or romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STUNNING!
    Ruibal
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    A truly spectacular meal and experience, Ferndale is not only the best restaurant in Michigan but one of the best in America. What Chef Garrett Lipar churns out of a minuscule kitchen is truly stunning, both in looks and flavor. Imaginative, innovative, smart avant-garde food that delivers and delights. The price is low and right and the bar is stocked with exceptional liquors, including many mezcals and amaros. Service could be a little more polished, but aside from that, Torino is very close to perfect.
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