New episodes for the TV program “4 Restaurants” (2022 edition) with chef Alessandro Borghese as the supreme judge of the challenge between Italian and Turin restaurateurs. Sunday 15 May at 9.15 pm one of the new episodes of the program “4 Restaurants” filmed in Turin and its surroundings will be broadcast on Sky Italia. The launch images of the episode, with Alessandro Borghese, were shot in March 2021 at the Castello di Avigliana.
The municipality of Avigliana reveals a preview of some backstage photos while in these days the conductor Alessandro Borghese also announces: “The new edition of # Ale4ristoranti is coming!” … and if Jon Snow says so! Hahahahaha. From Sunday 15 May on @skyitalia The new edition of # Ale4Ristoranti is coming! “.
The show – original Sky production made by Banijay Italia – starts again from Sunday 15 May, for seven weeks, on Sky and streaming on NOW. Thus returns, with 7 unpublished episodes, the program that sees restaurateurs challenge each other with the indispensable report card to be drawn up at the end of the meal. The mechanism underlying “Alessandro Borghese 4 Restaurants” has remained unchanged: four restaurateurs with something in common, each eager to prove that they are the best, competing to get the “ten” from chef Borghese. In this new journey, chef Borghese will visit some of the most fascinating and characteristic places in Italy: from Alghero to Grado (Gorizia), from Molise to Verona, from Gubbio (Perugia) to Milan. Alessandro Borghese will be in Turin in search of the best ristopub in the Piedmontese capital. Therefore, in the first round, there are Massimo from the Six Nations – Murphy’s Pub, Pierpaolo from The Overbridge Pub, Luciano with his Connery Pub, Luca and his The Shamrock Inn.
The restaurants of the first episode shot in Turin: the description of “Alessandro Borghese 4 Restaurants”
The Clover Inn in the historic via Vittorio Emanuele II, it is the first Irish pub opened in Turin, already in 1995; Luca found him with his old friends for a sentimental matter: it was the pub where he went to party as a kid and seeing it closed was unbearable. Luca in his room combines seriousness and lightness. The same also happens in the menu: Luca contaminates the Anglo-Saxon tradition of Irish stew, Sunday Roast and Fish & Chips with Italian dishes including pasta all’arrabbiata, the one with vegetables or gnocchi with local cheeses. The furniture of The Shamrock Inn was designed by an Irish architect who brought everything from there: on two floors, it has a spectacular central staircase from which a large screen can be lowered for the games; there are various rooms with different styles: a green one with wooden benches, a red one a little more elegant and a large and airy one, bright for being in a pub. The Irish connotation is given by a series of vintage advertisements hanging on the walls and furnishings scattered among the rooms. There are pinball machines, table football and an arcade, a typical video game of the 80s (all elements that Luca considers fundamental in a pub). A peculiarity of the place is the traditional bell placed above the counter which, 10 minutes after closing, calls customers for ‘The last order’, the last order of the evening.
Connery Pub: Luciano is madly in love with Scottish culture, but above all a huge fan of Sean Connery, who according to him embodies the spirit of Scottish independence. The Connery is a real public house, the furnishings are reminiscent of a cozy living room where guests can be hosted as if they were friends and where table service is essential. There are no darts, big screens or billiards because, according to him, “people want to relax without shouting”. The menu, once closely linked to the Scottish culture, has adapted to the Italian market and now mixes typical Scottish dishes or dishes cooked with whiskey with Italian first courses such as amatriciana and carbonara; in addition, there is also a vegan offer. Some dishes are dedicated to Connery, including the “Sean pasta”, the “Connery” one and the “Snack of the Untouchables”, from the film with which Connery won the Oscar. The Connery Pub has the particularity of being on the mezzanine floor of an apartment building: it has no windows on the street, but only the windows of what was, in effect, an apartment. The restaurant inside has three rooms: the first occupied by the counter, the second large with marble tables, wallpaper and fabric sofas, the third downstairs always in the same style. The walls are – obviously – covered with images of Sean Connery: young 007, Indiana Jones’ father, him at the Oscars and also in his underwear… the star’s underwear, in fact, is framed and signed right next to the counter.
Six Nations – Murphy’s Pub: located in the center of Turin, in Via Vittorio Emanuele II, where the Boringhieri brewery was founded. Massimo wants to bring a corner of Ireland to the city: fundamentalist and purist of the authentic philosophy of the pub, so much so that he works strictly in kilts, he does not accept contamination. Faithful to Irish culture since he fell in love with it on his travels, it offers a menu made up of typical dishes such as Fish & Chips, hamburgers but above all oysters to be paired with beer (“nothing but champagne!”, He says), pork knuckle in beer, stew of Irish beef, Dublin Coddle (sausage and potatoes). He does not admit Italian first courses or pizza and is keen to draw beer in a different way according to its origin (German, Belgian, English, etc.). Massimo’s pride is the counter, embellished by the holes left by the heels of the dancers and by the streaks of the mugs of beers served. There is no table order service, but the customer orders food and beer directly at the counter. The restaurant has two floors and is very large: on the ground floor the entrance is occupied by the counter with draft beers and a selection of whiskeys. On the walls appear the writings of customers accumulated over time and large screens to see sports, from football to rugby. In addition to the main counter, it has a second on the ground floor and a third retractable on the first floor. Upstairs there are the billiard room, the darts room, one dedicated to the world of fishing, another for non-smokers, but the most particular is certainly the one that reproduces the cuisine of an ancient house, referring to popular culture and housewife of public houses.
The Overbridge Pub: Pierpaolo, who grew up in a “public” family, has a more flexible (and clever) way of managing the pub. Two years ago, after a dazzling trip to London, he took over an Irish pub, transforming it into an English pub to make it, in his opinion, “more elegant, more refined, less Spartan”, but also less fundamentalist, perfect for wink at the market Italian and the other to anything that is salable, even Mexican tacos: “I feel a bridge between various cultures – says Pierpaolo -. I am inspired by London which is the cradle of cultures, there is everything, even Mexican food , so why can’t I serve tacos in my English Pub? “.
In addition to this somewhat merchant vision, it also has an offer faithful to the English tradition: English Breakfast, Sheperd’s Pie, Fish & Chips … without forgetting the Italian and Piedmontese ones with dishes such as tagliata di fassona or straccetti alla paprika. For Pierpaolo only one rule applies: “Italian customers don’t like too much foam, and I satisfy them”. The restaurant – in addition to the very large external dehors – is made up of a single large internal room all in wood and yellow plaster, with the central counter as the master. Authentic objects appear on the walls, the result of Pierpaolo’s research in flea markets: from war relics (there are a rifle and a helmet) to English books from the early 1900s. At the entrance there is a mural with a bridge that towers over the Turin skyline. In order not to distort the history of the place, born as an Irish pub, Pierpaolo has left some reminder of the original such as some Irish clovers and a geographical map of the country.