ITALIAN STYLE MOMENTS IN TRENTINO
Trentino sits at the junction between two climates and several culinary traditions, and its cuisine is a melting pot of ingredients and methods
Dinner here might include olive oil from the shores of Lake Garda, cheese from a mountain dairy, pasta, local venison, and maybe some apple strudel made with an old Hapsburg recipe. Parts of the province also offer superb conditions for wine-making. Sparkling Trentodoc Spumante, elegant Teroldego, sweet Vino Santo: at mealtime, with each course there is something distinctive to drink. So whether you’re celebrating in a mountain hut after a spectacular day spent on the ski slopes or sitting down to dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can expect a delicious and memorable experience.
Five of our restaurants now have Michelin stars
Trentino’s rich mix of ingredients and culinary traditions is a godsend for our most ambitious and talented chefs. Five now have Michelin stars, including Alfio Ghezzi at Locanda Margon, just south of Trento.
In each of these stellar restaurants you can expect a warm welcome as well as a sense of gastronomic adventure.
A taste of Christmas in our festive markets
In the festive period, Christmas markets light up many of our towns and villages, and are the perfect place to sample seasonal flavours and treats. The biggest markets are in Trento and Rovereto, but the tradition is celebrated in every valley – often in beautiful and historic surroundings, such as Cavalese and Canale di Tenno. The markets usually run from late November until early January.
Nothing beats a meal in a gourmet mountain hut
To understand just how distinctive and delicious a winter holiday in Trentino can be, you need to visit one of our gourmet mountain huts. Many are beside the pistes in our ski resorts: and international visitors are often stunned by the quality of the cooking and the reasonable prices, compared with ski areas elsewhere in the Alps. Some honourable mentions are Fienile Monte close to Passo Sella near Canazei, Baita Checco in the Catinaccio ski area above Vigo di Fassa, Rifugio Meriz in Andalo and the Rifugio Doss del Sabion above Pinzolo. But the most memorable meal in a mountain restaurant is usually dinner. Rifugio Fuciade, Capanna Cervino and the Malga Millegrobbe are just some of the top spots for an evening meal above the clouds.
THE APRÈS SKI SCENE IN TRENTINO
The most glamorous - Cafe d'Or
A well-stocked wine cellar, a solid wooden bar and the rhythm of cocktail shakers help create an intimate atmosphere, amplified by a spacious outdoor terrace. It’s the perfect place for an aperitif in Madonna di Campiglio after having spent the day skiing in the Brenta Dolomites.
The coolest – The Cliff in Canazei
Feel like dancing until sunrise to the beat of popular tunes expertly mixed by selected DJs? The Cliff Bar offers one of the most fashionable après ski scenes in Trentino. It’s located in the centre of Canazei, a true gateway to the nightlife of the Val di Fassa.
The sunniest – MAU of Folgrida
The sunniest as it’s located in the Val di Sole (Sun Valley) in the Folgarida-Marilleva ski area, next to the Belvedere ski-lift facilities. Within this igloo-shaped tensile structure, you’ll find plenty of fun with music and drink, the perfect ingredients for a good time and for making new friends.
The liveliest – Calkera in the Alpe Cimbra
Located directly at the end of the Salizzona slope, one of the most renowned in the Alpe Cimbra ski area, this unique après-ski bar and restaurant, with its blend of modern design and rustic tradition, offers a lively, welcoming atmosphere. And make sure you try the bar’s speciality: the “apericimbro” cocktail.
The most original: San Martino di Castrozza
Hop on a snowmobile and rumble through the snow-covered woodlands to reach a bar on the fringes of the forest with a unique counter carved from solid ice. Stop here and enjoy an aperitif in the midst of the Pale di San Martino Dolomites.
The tastiest: SkiEat in the Val di Sole
Did you know that learning to ski can be an appetising business? If you don’t believe it, take part in SkiEat, the “gourmet snow tour” of the Val di Sole. As you’re learning to ski, or honing your skills with the aid of a ski instructor from the Val Di Sole Ski School, you can take a break every now and again with a well-deserved aperitif, tasty gourmet dishes and sweet pastries just out of the oven.
The most romantic: Sunset Ski in Madonna di Campiglio
You can’t leave Trentino before witnessing a sunset in the Dolomites! For this very reason you simply can’t miss the Sunset Ski experience in Madonna di Campiglio. First you enjoy an evening aperitif on the terrace of a mountain hut while soaking in the majesty of a sunset over the Brenta Dolomites, then, after dark, you ski back down the mountain in the company of ski instructors and with a flaming torch in your hand. What do you say?
TEMPTING GASTRONOMIC EVENTS THIS WINTER
Trentino isn’t all about snow and ski slopes as demonstrated by the rich programme of food & wine events organised this winter across the region, lakes and cities included. Here’s a selection of events that must not be missed:
“Di Gusto in Gusto”, November 17th 2018 – January 5th 2019, Riva del Garda
“Eating in or taking out?”. In Riva del Garda this winter don’t miss “Di Gusto in Gusto”, a food festival centred around local products and where it’s possible to discover, try and buy the finest delicacies the territory has to offer in an endearing and enchanting atmosphere. Perfect for both children and adults, a great choice for the festive season.
“Trentodoc Bollicine sulla Città” November 22nd – December 9th 2018, Trento
An initiative entirely dedicated to Trentodoc enthusiasts. Events at Palazzo Roccabruna for tasting and learning more about these fine wines. The event continues in the city’s bars and restaurants with a range of perfectly paired dishes and snacks on offer to enjoy with your wine.
With “Happy Trentodoc” (November 17th – December 9th 2018), sparkling mountain wines encounter the culinary delights of the “Food & Wine Trail”. The restaurants, taverns, bars and wine cellars of Trento propose exquisite dishes to enjoy with your wine, the perfect aperitif!
Night of the Alembic Stills, December 7th – 9th 2018, Santa Massenza
The historic distilleries of the Grappa Institute of Trentino are the centrepiece of a travelling exhibition through the streets of the Santa Massenza hamlet. The intimacy of a village market, the tradition of the alembic stills and the aroma of local culture, definitely not to be missed.