From traditional Tyrolean dishes to Italian culinary delights, a journay along The South Tyrolean Wine Road is a study in gastronomic contrasts. From sausages and dumplings seasoned with alpine spices, to delicate pastas and pizzas, South Tyrol's eclectic cuisine offers a panoply of flavors to tempt every palate and culinary sensibility.
Traditional South Tyrolean cuisine is perhaps best discovered in the course of a hiking excursion, at one of the many simple pubs that dot the mountain ridges and alpine meadows, or at a traditional “Törggelen“cellar. In this rustic setting, culinary adventurers can fortify themselves with everything from a simple lunch of Speck, cheese and “Schüttebrot“ to a hearty feast of goulash with knödel (dumplings), smoked meat with sauerkraut, and ribs with roast potatoes.
Italian specialties, meanwhile, can be enjoyed alongside their South Tyrolean counterparts, on menus at any one of a multitude of restaurants along the wine road, from a rustic biergarten in Tramin to a chic wine bar in Bolzano. Of course nothing goes with Italian food quite like wine, and when dining on an outdoor terrace overlooking the Adige Valley, nothing quite complements a pizza napoletana or a bowl of strozzapreti like a bottle of Vernatsch, Gewürtztraminer, or another of South Tyrol's deliciously distinctive varietals.
A Journey in a World of Culinary Delights
A culinary Dolce Vita awaits the gourmet traveler on the South Tyrolean Wine Road. Below are just a few of its excellent restaurants:
- Restaurant "Apollonia", Nals: Set in the country with fabulous views of the Dolomites, Apollonia's specialty is seasonal, regional cuisine. In spring, the menu features delicacies made with local asparagus, and in autumn, dishes made with South Tyrol's famous apples and chestnuts.
- Restaurant "Weingarten", Terlan: Exquisite dishes featuring asparagus grown in the hotel's own garden.
- Restaurant "Laurin", Bozen: a classic city restaurant.
- Restaurant "Vögele", Bozen: Traditional dishes, masterfully prepared.
- Restaurant "Zur Rose", Eppan: Cuisine at its finest, garnished with a Michelin star.
- Landgasthof "Bad Turmbach", Eppan: Formery a rustic bathhouse, now a popular tourist destination.
- Restaurant "Gretl am See" and "Seehofkeller", Kaltern: Klaus Maran will spoil you with his innovative cuisine. A former surfing champion, Mr. Maran is also a master chef.
- Gasthaus "Zur Rose", Kurtatsch: A creative approach to traditional cuisine, served in an atmospheric late Gothic setting.
- Gasthaus "Schwarz Adler", Kurtatsch: The fine flavors of traditional cuisine in a timeless atmoshere.
- "Johnson & Dipoli", Neumarkt: A wine bar and restaurant, Johnson & Dipoli is one of the most interesting eateries in the area.
Gastronomy guide: "Spitzenküche in Südtirol" Bernhardt/Bernhardt
Gault Millau Südtirol