Dining in a mountain hut
Together, food, wine and firelight create a magical atmosphere
Dinner in one of Trentino’s mountain huts is not an experience you’ll easily forget.
Trentino’s cuisine mixes traditions from Italy, the Hapsburg empire, and the Ladini - who have lived in the remote valleys of the Italian Alps for hundreds years. The effect is mouthwatering; and there’s no better place to get sense of its variety, and its deep roots in the surrounding landscape, than by sitting down to dinner in mountain refuge.
To understand just how distinctive a winter holiday in Trentino can be, visit one of our mountain huts. You’ll find them dotted right across the region, set high above our towns and villages, and surrounded by hushed, snowy landscapes of forests, cliffs and crags. Many are open for dinner, and at night the contrast between the cold, quiet atmosphere outside, and the warm hospitality within, feels miraculous.
So does the food. Here, Trentino’s world-class ingredients mix with flavours from all over Italy and the Alps to mouthwatering effect. To sit down with an aperitivo of Trentodoc spumante, and a meal that might, for example, include spaghetti, followed by venison cooked with cream and juniper berries, would be treat anywhere. But high in the Dolomites, adrift on an ocean of snow, it quickly becomes unforgettable.
For the full effect, you should try snow-shoeing or even ski-touring to reach your supper. But if your legs are tired from a day on the pistes, don’t worry. Many hut owners will whisk you to and from your table by snowmobile or even a horse-drawn sleigh.
Baita Checco, Ciampedie, Vigo di Fassa
The kind of mountain restaurant you dream of, but rarely find, Baita Checco is set on the pistes at Ciampedie, beneath the breathtaking panorama of the Cantinaccio massif. Chef Matthias Trottner is a master of local ingredients and cooks the perfect orzotto.
Rifugio Passo Feudo, Predazzo, Ski Center Latemar
If you’ve never tried “purple blueberry ravioli”, this is an essential stop. Set at the top of the Gardonè-Passo Feudo lifts, in the heart of the Ski Center Latemar, the restaurant offers stunning views over the Dolomites.
Malga Ces, San Martino di Castrozza
Piste-side above San Martino di Castrozza, MalgaCes looks towards one of the most stunning scenes in the Alps: the western wall of the Pale di San Martino. Home-made pasta with a rich venison sauce is a speciality.
Chalet Fiat, Madonna di Campiglio
A chic mountain refuge, set at 2,104, Chalet Fiat serves such local delicacies as blueberry and taleggio risotto, and looks out towards the towering cliffs of the Brenta Dolomites.
La Tana dell’Ermellino - Andalo
Squirreled away amongst the trees, 2km from Andalo, La Tana dell’Ermellino serves superb tortel de patate (traditional potato fritters) and can be reached on foot, by snowmobile or even on a horse-drawn sleigh.
Rifugio Lo Scoiattolo, Pejo
A ski-in, ski-out rifugio, La Scoiattolo has been built to exacting environmental standards, and boasts an inventive menu, strong on local flavours. Porcini mushroom and apple risotto is a delicious example.
Trento - Monte Bondone and Folgaria
Agritur Le Vallene, Valle dei Laghi
This agritur, located at Terlago in the Valle dei Laghi, is renowned for its traditional cuisine. Try the vegetarian canederli, made with fresh vegetables in a cheese source. But make sure you leave room for one of its famous desserts, and a glass of the local Vino Santo.
Osteria Coe, Folgaria
Accessible by both Nordic and Alpine skiers, Osteria Coe is a restored 19th century mountain inn which serves gorgeous Trentino food. Pear and gorgonzola risotto, and venison stew with cranberry sauce and polenta are among the many treats on the menu.