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A journey through the tastes of Val di Fassa



Ladin culture and hospitality reign in every restaurant of Val di Fassa. From family-run restaurants in typical Tyrolean style, where to order the classic dishes of the Ladin tradition, to gourmet restaurants which offer creative haute cuisine and are listed in the most famous Italian and foreign food guides. In addition to this, mountain huts, mountain dairies, bars and pastry stores in the villages where to have a yummy break. Also hotels in Val di Fassa offer their guests menus inspired by the local tradition.

 

Guide to the typical restaurants, pizzerias, refuges and coffee shops in Val di Fassa

 

Val di Fassa in your dish. Which are the most typical dishes and foods to taste in Val di Fassa? Of course canederli, famous bread dumplings available in various versions: savoury with speck, Puzzone cheese from Moena or spinach, or sweet with cottage cheese, apricots or strawberries. Among soups, "zuppa d’orzo" (barely soup) should be given a try, while pasta fans can choose among "ciajoncìe", ravioli stuffed with potatoes and dried figs, "tagliolini" (pasta) with Boletus mushrooms or "pappardelle" (pasta) with game ragout as first course. Second courses, more robust, include "polenta" cooked in a traditional copper pot, served with melted cheese or sausages and sauerkrauts, roe deer hotpot or pig’s knuckle. When it comes to desserts, one can’t miss "fortaes", delicious snail-shaped fried pastry, served with cranberry jam, or apple strudel with custard and whipped cream. Forget dieting for once and enjoy the many delicacies Val Fassa can offer you.

Typical products from Val di Fassa

Gourmet-appeal

The secret for good mountain cuisine can be found in the respect for simple, genuine, traditional recipes, prepared using only high quality natural ingredients. This is what contributes in making Val di Fassa unique. Among traditional foods and delicacies, one cannot miss speck, cold meats, cheese, bread, pastries and honey.

  • Speck. Produced by the master butchers of the valley, who follow an ancient recipe, speck is king among starters. The traditional recipe recommends "a little salt, a little smoke and lots of good air" according to a method which combines Nordic smoking and Mediterranean seasoning. Its spicy taste matches well with rye bread, pickles and herb butter. It can be tasted alone or with other typical cold meats, such as deer salami and roe deer ham. Where to buy speck in Val di Fassa: shops selling traditional foods and delicatessen
  • Cheeses. "Puzzone di Moena" is king among the Val di Fassa cheeses. It is called "Spetz tzaorì" in the Ladin language and is produced in the local dairy of Moena and Predazzo (D.O.P. - Denomination of Protected Origins - product). It is impossible to mistake its robust aroma and rind odour, which won the cheese its name. "Puzzone" is a semi-hard cheese with scattered small-medium holes, whose maturing varies from four to eight months. The "Malga" version, branded with an "M" is a Slow Food exclusive. Only the rounds with this letter can boast being produced with milk taken in summer from the mountain pastures between 1,700 m and 2,000 m of altitude. Cows are fed with OGM free fodders containing neither silages nor industrial by-products. "Chèr de Fasha" ("Cuore di Fassa"), is another local cheese and leading product of Val di Fassa. It is tasty but characterized by a sweeter hint. The dairy "Mèlga de Fascia - Caseificio Sociale Val di Fassa" (newly based in Pera), is the repository of its original recipe. This cheese is obtained from non-skimmed raw mountain milk exclusively drawn from cows of local farms and produced in copper pots with the addition of rennet and salt and no preservatives. The third milk delicacy is the so called "Il Fassano", made by in the dairy Catinaccio of Tamion. This soft cheese is made of raw milk and cherishes the genuine aromatic smell of Dolomites pastures. It has a non-washed rind, a yellowish big holes texture, characterized by unique flavours of mountain herbs and toasted nuts. Besides traditional cheeses, at the local dairies you also can buy yoghurt, cream, cottage cheese, butter and many other milk products (cheese of cow, sheet and goat). Where to buy: shops selling traditional foods and delicatessen in Val di Fassa

    Bread. Entering any baker’s in the valley means breathing the aroma of freshly baked bread, seasoned with fennel, caraway or poppy seeds or enriched with potatoes and cereals. A must-try is "Schüttelbrot", originally from Alto Adige, crispy, seasoned, round, flat, dried rye bread which is displayed on a wooden rack. "Puces", also made with rye but softer, represent instead a perfect snack when accompanied by speck and cheese. Where to buy: backeries in Val di Fassa

  • Honey. Honey from Val di Fassa holds the essence of the Alpine flowers in each of its precious golden drops. Open a jar and smell the exhilarating aroma of the Millefiori or fir variety. Try also rhododendron honey, from beautiful protected bushes which grow only at an altitude of more than 2,000 m. Honey is also a genuine, "cheap & chic" gift idea. Where to buy: shops and stores of typical foods in Val di Fassa


La Strada dei formaggi delle Dolomiti

Itinerary among the tastes of Trentino

Local cheeses are the most longed-for by gourmands. To get to know ancient local secrets there is an interesting gourmet itinerary, Strada dei Formaggi delle Dolomiti, which involves three valleys: Fassa, Fiemme and Primiero. The itinerary includes visits to dairies, restaurants, agriturismi (farm houses) and stores where to taste the best products of Trentino.


Osteria Tipica Trentina

Val di Fassa in the inns

Osteria Tipica Trentina, an association of restaurants and inns which promote tradition, include also Val di Fassa. Cosy, hospitable restaurants offer menus prepared with local ingredients and seasonal products - cold meats, cheese, bread and fruit - and a wide range of local wines. The dishes proposed are a triumph of flavours and colours


Gastronomy events

Appointments and gastronomic events in Val di Fassa

There are two important gastronomy events which take place in Val di Fassa every year, both of which have been devised by four restaurants in Moena, Foresta, Rifugio Fuchiade, Tyrol and Michelin-starred Malga Panna, which belong to an association called Ristora Moena. The first event, called "A tavola con la Fata delle Dolomiti" (Dining with the fairy of the Dolomites), takes place in March and throughout the years has become the highest expression of gourmet of Trentino thanks to its quality and fame. It is a week devoted to traditional Ladin food of Val di Fassa, prepared with a touch of creativity and innovation by the chefs of the restaurants that take part in the event. The latter, Sapori d’Autunno (Autumn Tastes), takes place in September. Menus are characterised by autumn flavours and colours, such as the yellow-brown of Boleti, finferli mushrooms and chestnuts, the bright orange of pumpkins, the dark green of savoy cabbages, the beige of barley, the pale pink of arctic char and porker. All dishes are accompanied by the best wines and spirits from Trentino.
Other gastronomy events/festivals in Val di Fassa


Hotels, restaurants and pizzerias suitable for coeliacs

Gluten-free holidays in Val di Fassa

Coeliac guests can enjoy a carefree holiday in the Dolomites, as Val di Fassa offers hotels, restaurants, pizzerias and mountain huts which guarantee maximum accuracy in the preparation and service of "gluten free" menus. Vidor in Pozza, Lo Sfizio in Moena and Faloria in Moena are restaurants verified by AIC (Associazione Italiana Celiachia - Italian Association of Coeliac Sufferers). Besides pizza, a wide range of guaranteed gluten-free typical dishes is available. Refuges AIC: Roda de Vael (Vigo di Fassa); T. Taramelli (Pozza di Fassa).


Mountain huts and refuges

Val di Fassa: food temptation on the mountaintop

Cuisine is another ace in the hole of Val di Fassa. Lunch or dinner at one of the mountain huts and refuges is an experience that cannot be missed. After going uphill (by lifts oron foot) one can have a break on the terrace of one of the many panoramic refuges and mountain huts to enjoy the sun and fine typical food, and why not, listen to live music. After all, you can enjoy nature while you are relaxing. In the Ladin wooden rooms, whose walls are covered with old wood from the barns, one can breathe the smell of fir and arolla pine, in a rustic and welcoming atmosphere. Guests can taste the typical Ladin dishes of Val di Fassa and hobnob with friendly refuge keepers. Refuges and mountain huts open in summer in Val di Fassa



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