The oven was built by Michele in 1922 for the purpose of baking farinata and castagnaccio and eventually pizza in the 1930s.
From 1982 the owner Andrea, in order to exalt the flavour of the food, used the oven to cook meat, vegetables, flans and desserts too. Throughout the years it has always remained the heart of the restaurant and in full view of all the diners.
Though the culinary offerings have a thousand flavours, the colour of their football devotion has only one – maroon, the colour of the local Turin football team Toro. Despite this, a regular diner at the restaurant and usually seated at table 66 was Gianni Agnelli AKA The Lawyer – ex president of Fiat and owner of Juventus Football Club.
If the walls could speak, they would tell tales, anecdotes and the stories of all the other famous people who have chosen and continue to choose Torino and Da Michele as their indisputable preference. Some names? Fruttero and Lucentini, Luigi Meroni, Massimo Grammellini, Luciana Littizzetto, Diego Abatantuono, Harvey Keitel, Dario Argento, Subsonica, Antonio Conte, Gigi Buffon and Lapo Elkann.
In the 1920’s Michele decided to use some illustrations by the late 19th century German painter, Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach, to personalise some of the tiles in the eatery. Today they represent the uniqueness and the brand of the restaurant.