On Top of the World at Masi Wine Bar Cortina: Dolomites, Italy

Masi Wine Bar Cortina. It’s a different world up there. At an altitude of 1,778 meters high on the terrace of Col Drusciè, enveloped by the Dolomites, one of the most fascinating mountain ranges in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this particular wine bar is a little paradise on top of the…

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The Tastes of the Dolomite Tradition at El Brite de Larieto in Cortina d’Ampezzo

There’s a certain charm that mountain restaurants in the Dolomites emit like El Brite de Larieto. Immersed in a larch forest at an altitude of 1664 meters asl below the peaks of Monte Cristallo, it is a pretty paradise that highlights the tradition of the Dolomites through their gastronomic offerings. When the Gaspari family took…

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Traditional Cuisine of the Dolomites Acquires New Shape at SanBrite in Cortina d’Ampezzo

SanBrite is more than a farmhouse. Owners Riccardo Gaspari and wife Ludovica Rubbini, respectively chef and sommelier, define it as an agricucina (agri-cuisine) where most of the products like the cheese, meat, and vegetables come from the Gaspari family production which then acquire interesting new shapes and flavors as they pass through the hands of…

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Chris Oberhammer Defines South Tyrolean Cuisine at Tilia Restaurant

You will have to give up your dusty hiking boots and shorts to casual elegant clothes when you venture into the door of Ristorante Tilia, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the Dolomites. The restaurant is housed in a small modern glass and steel structure in the middle of the park of the former…

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The Story of Carpineto Winery and Locanda Tana de L’Ors in Val di Zoldo of the Dolomite Mountains

Most dishes have stories to tell, some are reminiscent to a cherished past, perhaps a person, a happy moment, or maybe even a touching occasion. These are the flashbacks that flood our thoughts as the aromas and flavors connect to our senses. Reconnecting to the past becomes even more special when we find our way…

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Villa Tiboldi in Piedmont: Malvirà Wines, Gastronomy and Vineyards

Villa Tiboldi presents its guests a breathtaking view of neatly combed rows of grape vines in the vast soft green hills of Roero. A walk from the parking lot to the hotel and restaurant is just a preview of what is yet to open up at the main house. There is a sprawling terrace with…

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La Crota Restaurant’s Piedmontese Culinary Identity with Le Strette and Cascina Gilli Wines

Authentic flavors of Piedmontese tradition make up the kitchen of La Crota Restaurant. Recognized for recreating the experience of tasting the most authentic and genuine Langhe cuisine, Chef Danilo Lorusso perseveres in highlighting the richness of the flavors of his region by reviving old dishes and bringing his personal touch to the kitchen. Meaning wine…

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Restaurant Sissi: A Destination of Every Gourmand in South Tyrol

After almost three decades since the opening of Restaurant Sissi, Chef Andrea Fenoglio has gone a long way from his small six-table space at Plankenstein Street in Merano into a bigger one with a Michelin star and three hats with Gault Millau at his current address at Galilei Street. Chef Fenoglio is one of the…

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Ristorante Acero Rosso in Vodo di Cadore, Italy: A Typical Mountain Chalet

The Dolomite mountains are just up ahead showcasing a picturesque view of the range of the Cadore mountains, Pelmo, Antelao, Rite and Sasso Lungo from the garden of Ristorante Acero Rosso. At almost 360 degrees, you can enjoy a breathtaking alpine scene right in front of you, just by sitting on the terrace of the…

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The Cheerful Green at the Land of Prosecco: Ristorante Verdegaio in Treviso, Italy

Cheerful green, a delightful color that nature has bestowed the hills of Susegana, just a few steps from Conegliano in Treviso. This ebullient color portrays the picturesque landscape of Prosecco with the neatly combed rows of vineyards of Glera. In the midst of this stunning scenery is Ristorante Verdegaio which is aptly named for the…

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Gellius in Oderzo (Treviso), Italy: A Restaurant on the Ruins of the Roman Empire

Oderzo is a beautiful town in Treviso (Veneto) in the northern part of Italy, and about 60 kilometers northeast of Venice. It is in the heart of the Venetian plains, traversed by the Monticano River, halfway between the Dolomite Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Historically, Opitergium, its ancient Latin name, played an important role in…

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Ristorante Al Capriolo: From an 1850 Postal Office to a Michelin Star

There’s a long history behind Ristorante Al Capriolo, 168 years in the same family and still counting. It started as a postal office in the Dolomites, a fundamental part of the town in the year 1850 when postal offices were used not only for postal services but also for lodging, eating and changing of horses…

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The Neoteric Alpine Cuisine of Aga Ristorante in San Vito di Cadore, Italy

If you put two extremely talented young chefs in the kitchen, one from the southern part of Italy where Mediterranean seafood cuisine is celebrated while the other one is from the mountainous region where alpine influence is utmost, the result is a surprising innovation of grand ideas, aromas and flavors intertwined in a luscious approach…

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Dining on the South Tyrolean Wine Route at Bad Turmbach Restaurant in Eppan, Italy

Just the drive towards Landgasthof Restaurant Bad Turmbach through the vineyards and old alpine houses and barns of Eppan is already worth the trip. With an elevation of 500 meters above sea level, the restaurant is completely immersed in the beautiful Etsch Valley of the South Tyrolean Wine Route. It is dotted by ancient castles, ruins…

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The Alpine Wines of Weingut Haderburg in Salorno (South Tyrol), Italy

In Italy, the Alpine wines come from some areas of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and Valle d’Aosta at higher altitudes. Weingut Haderburg of the Ochsenreiter family specializes in sparkling wines. It has two plots of vineyards, the Hausmannhof which is located in Salorno is the main vineyard of the estate where the cellar and the…

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