Valle d'Aosta Local Customs
Aosta by Jelena
Aosta by Jelena
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It is very popular to serve tea in Aosta. There is this lovely café in Aosta downtown that even served tea from very strange accessories I haven't seen before. First of all, you can choose from dozens of types of tea (you get a tea menu with almost hundred kinds, or more!) and later it arrives with a strange "cup" made of glass and machinery inside: the metal part is movable, so after your tea is soaked well, you can push the bar and it will press the pieces and prevent them from popping out when you'll be pouring the tea. Very smart machine! :)) You also get to choose among honey, sugar, natural cane sugar, sweetner and with lemon or milk.
Valle d'Aosta is an autonomous region (like Trento area and Sicily), and it is multinational. Apart from Italians, there is a lot of French people, actualy, the dialect of the area is almost like French. All the inscriptions are written in both languages, or French only even. Thus, HOTEL DE VILLE is NOT a hotel as many might think, but it's a town hall, or municipio in Italian. In Aosta, the town hall is written in French.
Of course, Italians can't survive without pasta, not even in the Alps. There are many local dishes made of pasta, I tried these two:1. Gnocchi (potato pasta) in sauce of several kinds of cheese (very aromatic and delicious)2. Pasta shells in the sauce of wild goat with cheese, roasted in the ovenBoth are VERY YUMMY!!! But also very strong and caloric (no wonder, if they have to climb these high mountains!) so watch out on how much you have, but in any case, you are guaranteed a good fuel for excessive walking/skiing/hiking/whatever you want to do, after this bombastic meal!
Antipasto of the valley
This is a typical antipasto of the area, I highly recommend it! It's a big plate (enough for two, even three perhaps, depends who's eating :))) filled with several kinds of local salami, ham and prosciutto (wild boar and wild goat ones included), chestnut sweet bread, and salad.
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