You probably would never find it or think to try it if you have no info beforehand. The Schaurhof is perfectly hidden and off the beaten path. When you are driving on the road (not the Autostrada!) from Sterzing to the Brenner Pass you see a few km north of Sterzing (before the first tunnel) a roadsign Ried/Novale pointing to the right. Follow this small local road and the roadsigns "Schaurhof"and you arrive at a small tyical vi8llage Gasthaus standing there isolated on the slope well above the railway (which is hidden behind a noise protection wall).
Find your table in one of the carefully restored about 120 years old dining rooms. On warm and sunny days you can sit south of the house on a terrace overlooking the valley with a glimpse of Sterzing.
The menu (in German and Italian) rises expectations of a synthesis of regional (Tyrolean) and Mediterranean styles. You find that often in restaurants in the area, in some places great and expensive, in others more reasonably priced but more or less limted to Knödel, Schnitzel and Pizza. But this menu looks both innovative and - as compared to the general price level in South Tirol and Italy - reasonably priced, accompanied by a wine list showing a competent Sommeillier.
Closed on Tuesdays!
Favorite Dish: Our choice was for the first course Carne Insalata with marinated mushrooms and a Lemon Risotto with fried scallop. The second course was calves' liver alla Veneziana and an unforgettable goulash of wild boar. To that nice wines of South Tirol (Lagrein) and the Trentino (Teroldego).
The servings were so generous that we were unable to try any one of the nice desserts. So we terminated it with an Espresso.
All together was 30 EUR per person, really worth the money.
If you feel that you need warm food, a beer from the tap or a Cappucino - the self- service reataurant of the Pfitscherjochhaus has all that and more, a mix of popular Italian and Austrian dishes as Lasagne, Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel (the latter highly recommendable). All normally priced and the quality is OK.
If the weather is pleasant you can eat at the terrace outside but the dining room has windows which offer a great view of Hochfeiler.
Favorite Dish: The Apfelstrudel, a very popular traditional Austrian cake, here really as it should be.
On the lower part of the hike you can find blueberries. The fact that you find plenty of them just two meters from the path is a good indicator that this hike is a little "off the beaten path"
Great address to find local food, home grown cattle, nice location and accurate service. To book in advance, because it's very popular for family meeting. Local products availabre in the shop.