It is quite common to find little huts along the way where you can get something to drink and usually also something to eat. They do not always have a set menu, but if you ask them if they have a little bread and cheese, or some fried eggs or so, they will sure enough "create" something for you!
This special hut was between Karersee and the Latemar mountains. When we first got there, nobody was "home" and later we found out, why: the farmer (and owner of that hut) had an injured cow way up in the mountains and had to get her down to the farm, because the vet was scheduled to come. While sitting there we could see and hear the whole action (and got a "Radler" beer/limo in no time, once it all was over)!
At an altitude of more than 2300 m having lunch is really spectacular: not only is the view breathtaking, but the food they have there is really good and the "Radler" drink (half beer/half limo) is very refreshing! Service is multilingual, quick and very friendly!!!
Favorite Dish: Our friends had Speckknödel and Cheese Knödel and a platter with bread, cheese and saussage. They let us taste and it really was yummy!!!
The first morning of our stay we decided to have breakfast at the Vöstlhof. Since they not only rent apartments, but are also a B&B type pension, they do have a breakfast room there. For guests from the apartments they charge 8 € per person.
The breakfast consists of bread rolls, butter, cheese, ham, eggs, jelly, juice, yoghurt and coffee or tea. It was very nice, especially because of the old-time furniture of the breakfast room.
The Vöstlhof is one of the oldest farms in Welschnofen and the owners do keep the tradition alive.
Since we had an apartment, we cooked for ourselves - and boy, did we enjoy that! We bought the ingredients at the local stores (see my shopping tip for that) and enjoyed both breakfast and dinner on the balcony!
For breakfast we had bread rolls, local butter, local ham, local cheese, juice, coffee, fruit and tomatos. For dinner we really enjoyed the meat from the local butcher, spaghetti and knödel.
Have a look at the pictures - and enjoy!! We did!!!
They serve local meals for a very good price, and the service is excellent and fast. It is a not-touristic place, always full of locals. But you will always find a place
Favorite Dish: Everything is delicious depending if you feel like super-buttery meals such as gnocchi or something lighter..
carne salada is recommended, as the selection of local hams and salamis
The Doris Cafe was a favourite haunt on most lazy afternoons. It had the most amazing home-made apple strudel you can imagine! And they serve it with a lovely vanilla sauce.
Favorite Dish: Apple Strudel! And a cappuccino.
This restaurant is a gem. Located on the hillside in Oltretorrente overlooking the village of Ortisei, it serves extremely good Alpine dishes.
It looks like a little isolated castle and the drive up the narrow (single-lane) road through some farms makes it all the more exciting getting there.
Great for romantic dining. If you get there early enough as we did (just before 8 pm) you'll manage to get the little corner table with fantastic views over Ortisei.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu seemed really characteristic of the region. For starters I had the nettle gnochetti with venison sauce, while my husband had the fried camembert with cranberry sauce. Then for our mains we had the trout and the grilled venison.
We also tried something they advertised on the board outside - fresh blackcurrant juice. It was thick as mud but so, so yummy!
This was the first place we went into in Bolzano. I had read that bars were a great cheap place to eat in Italy so this said, "Bar Mary" so I cajoled D into checking it out. It was a simple little bar with quite a few tables, all full of locals. Though the language of choice in this place was Italian, as soon as the waitress saw the blue-eyed, blonde-haired Doreen, she spoke to BOTH of us in German....lol.. Great bustling atmosphere, quick service and vino, lots of vino.
Favorite Dish: It was a bit late on the first visit, so all they had that was warm was "bauerntoast" so we ordered two of them (at 3 Euros a pop), not wanting to look uninformed about the local delicacy. I joked with Doreen that it would be like an oven grinder we have in the States, where they grill a hoagie till it's crispy. Meanwhile, I was expecting some lame piece of bread with some lunch meat on the side. I was overwhelmed when it came out and was much closer and even better than a grinder! It was a dark bread full of cheese, salami and ham, evidently brushed with olive oil before grilling it to roasty perfection. Doreen thought I was psychic or just plain lucky. Hey, I can't read the future but I am one lucky bastard for sure. The next visit we had some pasta for 4.50 Euros as well as another baurentoast (only 2.70 this trip). Half a liter of water is 1.30 Euros and a small wine was only 2!
The best part of going early in the seaon is the huts are closed. This is not great if you want to stay there or even get something hot to eat, but if you want solitude, it's great. The views are magnificent, the air crisp and fresh.
Favorite Dish: Though the huts offer great hot meals when open, bring your own food early in the season. We had a fresh bread with some salami and cheese. Roasted nuts and dried fruit give you extra energy for the rest of the hike and a piece of chocolate goes a long way in prodding your partner to go that little bit extra.
We did eat at an open hut at a lower elevation It was the Berggasthof Glatschalm, which has an amazing view of the Geissler range though it does get a bit crowded. We had rosti with eggs, a swiss concoction of shredded potatos fried to form a pancake of sorts, and topped with fried eggs. High cuisine it is not, but filling and tasty it is. And at 6 Euros, very good value.
This was a fairly fancy place in a big hotel, but it was the off-season so there were not a lot of choices. We had done some tiring hiking so we figured we deserved a splurge. Even though we were a bit under dressed, we were made to feel very welcome and the service was first rate.
Favorite Dish: The first time we went, we shared a fabulous appetizer of spinach pralines (a cross between a ravioli and a dumpling) sauted in olive oil, tomatoes and garlic (7 Euros). Even though the meals that followed were great, we both wished we had got this as our meal! We also had pork medallions in a gorgonzola sauce (10.50 Euros) and turkey medallions with mushrooms (11 Euros). A large mineral water was only 3 Euros and a beer was the same. We went back to have the pralines two nights later but they were out so we opted for a tasty lasagne (pictured) for 6 Euros.
At this restaurant they serve huge portions of food. Everything is cooked in a simple way.
Favorite Dish: Carne salada (salted meat).
A nice place to stop for lunch on the high street of Ortisei, ask for a plate of cold cuts and cheese with a glass of wine. Simple and excellent.
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