Franco Garelli is the heart and soul of this splendid little shop in Via Cesana, in Turin’s Borgo Cenisia, a neighbourhood of narrow lanes where one seems to take a step back in time. Monteccone is a consolidated Piedmontese brand and in the workshop Franco uses cacao from Ecuador to make an excellent mass, which he works with other ingredients, such as Piedmontese tonda e gentile hazelnuts. The resulting products are both delicious and healthy. Oxychoc, for example, is a pure chocolate rich in antioxidants whose curative properties make it ideal as a food supplement. The product range also includes pralines, cremini and hazelnut-packed, handmade mini-giandujotti which come in various versions (plain, milk, pistachio, and others besides), with hazelnut or pistachio or plain cream spreads, bars with different percentages of cacao (60% to 90%), a rich assortment of pralines, chocolate-coated almond paste and splendid chocolate-coated lemon and orange zest.