The Dolomite Super Ski Region of Italy has so
many great on mountain restaurants, 400 refuges, chalets and huts, they offer a
"Sciare Con Gusto" - a Culinary Ski
Safari to provide skiers “A Taste for Skiing” that encompasses 14 mountain huts
where top chefs create traditional regional Italian dishes that have been handed
down for generations, with a modern alpine flair. There's a Dolomite culinary
ski map that allows
you to do the ski tour on your own pace, or just find the perfect place on every
peak to enjoy fresh pasta, wine, local meats and cheese, relaxing in the sun
during your Dolomite ski days, We did our own ski lunch chalet tour, finding a
charming mountain hut at the summit and base of each lift, and often one in
between. The lunch choices in the Dolomites are extraordinary, the cuisine
exceptional, scenery splendid and the prices are fair - far cheaper than
Switzerland or France for better food – a plate of exceptional homemade pasta is typically $10 in
Italy, with bread and olive oil.
Here are a few of the best lunch restaurants in the Dolomite Super Ski Region from
Alta Badia on the Sellaronda to
Cortina. Start with a Prosecco cocktail or a
beer, enjoy a local cheese and prosciutto ham board with fresh breads.
Piz Arlara in Alta Badia at 2,040-meters is a magnificent mountain lodge with
beautiful blond-wood dining rooms – all with panoramic views. The Goulash soup was
superb with fresh crusty bread. This family run restaurant is lovely inside
and the outside Snack Bar L’Pom – you’ll see the big hand carved wooden apple on
the sun deck - is deal for a sunny afternoon drink and snack - aperto, bring sunscreen.
Rifugio La Brancia in Alta Badia is a delightful find, celebrating 50 years. We
sat by a warm wood fire, and enjoyed a meat and cheese board piled high with
local speck (ham), sausage, and savory cheese plus pickled veggies and strong homemade
horseradish. The Bombardini La Branci coffee drink of liquor and hot buttered
rum topped with fresh whipped cream was bellisima.
Lunch at Sass Bece at Belvedere in the Dolomites has the best spaghetti
carbonara, the spinach tortellini was superb and plentiful also – savored with a panorama. This
mountain top chalet is self service – which means you order at the kitchen and
they deliver your drinks and dinner when it’s ready, fresh, hot and very
Rifugio Col Druscie at 1,778 meters on
Cortina’s Tofane ski region at the top of
the Freccia Nel Cielo cable car has beautiful indoor and outdoor table service
from the friendly welcoming staff. Their pasta carbonara is extraordinaire, as
is the cheese and meat plate, and the Tiramisu. Beautifully cozy alpine tables
inside or a grand sun deck table with fur skin chairs outside are your choice.
This historic 1936 chalet is on the Olympic run where local Toni Saler won the
Gold Medal in Cortina’s 1956 Olympics.
Rifugio Capanna Tondi on Monte Faloria is operated by two brothers, Marco and
Stefano, at 2340-meters. This is the place to lunch at Cortina, to see and be
seen, with sensational
views of the Dolomites - whether you dine in or out, warning. Rifugio Tondi fills fast on a
sunny day outside on the big deck so reserve ahead. Enjoy cocktails, bread,
delicious pasta, soup, local meats and cheese, an end with their signature
grappa, all with a grand view of Monte Cristallo and the Cortina valley of Ampezzo.
El Camineto is a fantastic
Cortina restaurant for ski in lunch or for dinner, up
on the slopes at Rumerlo on Mont Tofano. Outside tables on the beautiful deck
for lunch during peak ski season are reserved a year in advance. The Melon
family’s tradition of friendly prompt service and delicious homemade cuisine
from native Italian ingredients continues to make them trendy as THE place to
dine in Cortina.
We couldn’t sample all the fantastic chalets and still fit in our ski pants.
Other special huts, Rifguio or Ütia– which means hut, and chalet locations in
Alta Badia include the Modern Las Vegas, Ütia Bamby, Ütia La Tabla, and Ütia
Pralongia. A popular beach bar at the top of the La Villa gondola is Moritzino.
Ütia Jimmy in Colfusco has a super sunny location and music and merriment.
Top Dolomite Restaurants for Dinner Tivoli is a delightful chalet tucked on the hillside above
unassuming cozy wooden hut is truly one of Italy’s top Michelin 1 star
restaurants. Tivoli is the top place to dine in Cortina, ask for a window table
and go with the Chef’s menu, just relax, savor every delicious bite and watch
the sparkling lights of Cortina D’Ampezzo below – magic.
La Siriola at Hotel Ciasa Salares in San Cassiano, Badia is a Michelin 1 Star.
Chef Matteo’s menu is thoughtfully designed to reflect Dolomite native elements:
woods, herbs, berries and roots. Pine, Larch, and Birch menu – a deliciously
complex themed selection of cuisine with wine. Be sure to visit the Wine Cave
and the Chocolate Room.
Hotel La Perla in Corvara has extraordinary dining at Stüa di Michil. Several
small rooms add to the uniqueness and exclusivity of this Michelin 1 star rated
Stua dining experience. After dinner, the Bar at La Perla has live music every
night, is a convivial bar for an aperitif – or a nightcap cocktail after dinner.
Ask for tour of Hotel La Perla’s animated Wine Cellar too – with 26,00 bottles
that dance - truly out of this world.
Anna Stuben at Gardena Grodnerhofin the village of Ortisei in
Val Gardena is 5
star, 1 Michelin, Relais & Chateau in a posh alpine setting with amazing food
and service. The décor of the Stube is gorgeous native blond wood – perfectly
warm and charming, and the cuisine is fantastic - everything paired with local
South Tyrol Chardonnay and Lagrein red wines. The servers even dress in classic
Tyrolean costume. The Lobby Bar at the Gardena Grodnerhof Hotel is more modern
chic, a lovely spot for a cocktail before or after your dining experience at the
Enjoy your dining while skiing the Dolomites, 5
star, or Michelin 1 star,
with 10 star scenery in the Dolomite ski region.