challenge between Turin rest-pubs with Alessandro Borghese: Six Nations competing on Sunday 15 – Murphy’s Pub, The Overbridge Pub, Connery Pub, the Shamrock Inn

Four Turin pubs compete in the new journey from North to South of Italy for chef Alessandro Borghese, in the show “Alessandro Borghese 4 Restaurants”, – original Sky production made by Banijay Italia – which starts tomorrow, for seven weeks, on Sky and streaming on Now.

The mechanism underlying the program remains unchanged: four restaurateurs with something in common, each eager to prove that they are the best, competing to get the coveted “ten” from the chef. First stop in Turin, in search of the best restaurant: an often little-known restaurant, the one that is “hidden” inside the pubs, and which offers a strong Anglo-Saxon nuance: Irish, English, Scots dominate the scene, and sometimes the waiters they arrive to serve customers in kilts. In the race, in the first appointment, there are Massimo of the Six Nations – Murphy’s Pub, Pierpaolo of The Overbridge Pub, Luciano with his Connery Pub, Luca and his The Shamrock Inn.

The Clover Inn in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, is the first Irish pub opened in Turin in 1995. On the menu the owner, Luca, contaminates the Anglo-Saxon tradition of Irish stew, Sunday Roast and Fish & Chips with Italian dishes such as pasta all’arrabbiata or gnocchi with cheeses. The furniture 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 for games falls. The Irish connotation is given by 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. 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 Scottish independence spirit. The Connery is a real public house: the furnishings are reminiscent of a welcoming living room where guests can be hosted as if they were friends and where table service is essential. The menu, once closely linked to the Scottish culture, 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 ” pasta Sean ”, the ” Connery ” one and the ” Merenda degli Untoucabili ”, from the film with which Connery won the Oscar. The restaurant is 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 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 Pubit is in Corso 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, he offers a menu of typical dishes such as Fish & Chips, hamburgers but above all oysters to pair with beer (“nothing but champagne!”, He says), pork knuckle in beer, beef stew Irish, 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.). His pride is the counter, embellished by the holes left by the heels of the dancers and by the swipes of the mugs of beers served. There is no ordering service at the table but the customer orders the food and of course the beer directly at the counter. The restaurant is on two floors. On the walls appear the writings of customers accumulated over time and large screens to see sports, from football to rugby. 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, two years ago 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 winks at the Italian market and the other at whatever 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 in my English Pub can’t I serve tacos? ‘ He 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. The restaurant has a very large outdoor terrace. On the walls there are objects that are the result of Pierpaolo’s research in flea markets: from war memorabilia to English books from the early 1900s. There is no shortage of Irish clovers and a geographical map of the country.

Who will win? The episode of «Alessandro Borghese 4 Restaurants» broadcast on May 15th benefited from the collaboration of the City of Turin, Turismo Torino and Provincia. In prime time it is on Sky Uno and streaming on NOW, always available on demand and visible on Sky Go.

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