Tuck in! But savour the flavour at your own pace
Trentino’s Slow Food restaurants offer dishes made with superb locally sourced ingredients
Trentino food is good mountain food. It begins with the animals farmed on Alpine pastures and the wild herbs gathered on wind-blown slopes. And it comes together in the able hands of the region’s chefs. It takes months of hard winter toil and sacrifice, but the results make it all worthwhile. For those working in the fields and the kitchen – and those lucky enough to taste the end product – the reward is immense: a feast of genuine, flavoursome, quality food.
These are mountain people, frank and forthright, straightforward and strong. And their character shines through in their simple yet hearty culinary tradition. The slow-food restaurants and inns of Trentino have stories aplenty to tell of good honest folk striving to revive local products made with unhurried love. These are young people who’ve embraced a new concept of mealtime delight. People who are keeping alive the secrets of cherished traditions with dedication and respect, enriching and refreshing them with imagination and care. Where everything is sourced as locally as possible.
These restaurants are about family and quiet pride, working to the gentle rhythms of the seasons. So come on in and enjoy what they’ve made.
This marvellous place was once a monastery, and traces of the age-old community still remain within its walls. Recently restored, the inn is a reflection of the area around Trento, its country families and small producers. It embraces the simple, genuine, traditional flavours and the pleasure of sitting down to share them. The philosophy is about taking special care over sourcing and selecting the ingredients. That means rediscovering typical Trentino staples, incentivising local producers, and creating a culinary offering based on fresh local products in season.
Str. del Monastero di Sant'Anna, 37, Sopramonte - T: +39 0461 1860370
Nestling in a small mountain village, Alla Pineta is the perfect place to relax in your own good time. Up here in the sunny, verdant Val di Non, the aromas of woodlands, essential oils and delicious food weave together with the active outdoor life. The restaurant’s genuine Trentino cuisine features traditional recipes handed down from mothers to sons, sometimes with a tasty modern touch of their own. Visitors can enjoy the authentic flavours of bygone days with fine ingredients and wines from around the region.
Via Santuario 17, Predaia - T: +39 0463 536866
When you’re in Luserna, this little restaurant is one not to miss. A former hay barn in an old Cimbra farmhouse, it vaunts stunning views across the valley. The chef is a firm believer in local products as ambassadors for the land, giving guests a truly authentic experience. Suffused with this array of lovingly farmed seasonal ingredients, his dishes tell the story of a region that ranges from warm Mediterranean climes to the harsh cold of the high peaks. The menu is inspired by the traditional cuisine of the Cimbra Alps, Trentino and the mountains in general.
Via tezze 43, Luserna - T: +39 347 1824006
The ’L Bortoleto restaurant in Predazzo is a warm, welcoming place where they take pride in every detail. The varied, interesting menu of traditional Trentino dishes with a contemporary twist is informed by a deep knowledge of how to make the most of good meat. You can enjoy Trentino specialities made with fresh, high-quality seasonal ingredients paired with the finest local wines. It adds up to a real gastronomic experience.
Via Cavour 2, Predazzo - T: +39 0462 500261
This welcoming inn revels in a leafy setting at the heart of Arco plain, near Lake Garda. A former monastery immersed in a vineyard, it exudes a rustic appeal all year round. In summer, the peaceful garden makes a lovely spot for al fresco dining or simply sipping a leisurely glass of good wine. The menu offers traditional dishes, fresh home-made pasta and desserts, and a sophisticated selection of cheeses and charcuterie. The wine cellar stocks over 500 labels, most from Trentino, all ideal accompaniments to the specialities served.
Via Passirone 68, Arco - T: +39 0464 557411
The Ruatti family farm in the Val di Rabbi is a charming place to dive into the flavours of Trentino. The meadows and orchards yield fruit, vegetables and an abundance of milk and meat. That is then turned into artisanal cheese and charcuterie using time-honoured local methods. You can taste the goodness in the menu. This celebration of local food tradition features simple dishes crafted with genuine, wholesome ingredients. And it’s all made here on the farm.
Frazione Pracorno 95, Rabbi - T: +39 0463 901070