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Map guide: where to eat and drink in Alta Badia

by Great Italian Chefs 14 May 2018

South Tyrol is one of the most unique and beautiful regions of Italy. Home to the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage site), an incredible number of world-famous restaurants and a local rustic cuisine which combines alpine and Mediterranean elements with indigenous local ingredients, it’s now as famous for its food as it is for its ski slopes and landscapes. And many visitors to the area make the valley of Alta Badia their base for exploring the region thanks to its high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants.

As with any trip away, it pays to do your research beforehand; especially when it comes to food and drink. There are dozens of options when eating out in Alta Badia, but there are only so many reservations you can make or pastry shops you can visit. The quickest way to find out where you simply have to head to is to ask a local – and who better to turn to than the region’s most famous chefs?

Norbert Niederkofler (three Michelin stars, St Hubertus) and Matteo Metullio (two Michelin stars, La Siriola) and have shared with us their favourite restaurants, bars, shops and cafés. Take a look at them below and get planning your Alta Badia itinerary!

1. Maso Runch

Recommended by both Norbert and Matteo, this 200-year-old ‘farm with rooms’ offers a tranquil getaway in South Tyrol. Run by three generations of the Nagler family, it’s where you can enjoy fine examples of local, traditional dishes as well as several apartments to stay in.

Norbert says: ‘This beautiful living farm with accommodation has been looked after by the same owners for over forty years. They have a great mentality towards their environment and employ traditional methods when it comes to food. Go there for a great traditional-style menu with typical Ladin dishes.’

Contact information
11 Località Runch , Badia , Bolzano , 39036 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 839796

2. St Hubertus

You can’t talk about food in South Tyrol without mentioning Norbert Niederkofler’s triple-Michelin-starred restaurant, and Matteo says it’s a must-visit if you’re there. Norbert’s ‘Cook the Mountain’ food philosophy means everything on the plate comes from South Tyrol, often including unusual local herbs and foraged ingredients to create a truly unique dining experience.

Matteo says: ‘My mentor Norbert Niederkofler has to be on the list. A truly great example of mountain cooking.’

Contact information
20 Strada Micurà De Ru , San Cassiano , Bolzano , 39030 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 849500

3. La Siriola

Matteo’s incredible two-Michelin-starred restaurant, which combines both local and international flavours effortlessly, is highly rated. If you like contemporary, exciting, modern plates of food that push the boundaries of Italian cooking, this is the place to visit.

Contact information
31 Via Pre De Vi , Loc. Armentarola , San Cassiano , 39030 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 849445

4. La Stüa de Michil

For an intimate meal with an incredible wine list to match, you can’t do better than La Stüa de Michil. It has a Michelin star but don’t expect pomp and formality – the restaurant has a traditional, relaxed feel to it, and the food takes the best things about Ladin cuisine and elevates them to new heights.

Contact information
105 Str. Col Alt , Corvara In Badia , Bolzano , 39033 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 831000

5. Delizius

This deli is Delizius by name and delicious by nature, offering an incredible selection of the very best local ingredients and products. It also has a fantastic selection of South Tyrolean wines, making it the perfect place to stock up on a few bottles before you head home.

Matteo says: ‘These guys know where to source some of the best meats and ingredients in all of South Tyrol. If I need inspiration, I sometimes come here to find out what’s at its best from local farms.’

Contact information
51 Strada Micurà de Rü , San Cassiano , Bolzano , 39030 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 840155

6. Da Ricky

Matteo’s favourite place to stop off for a snack is Da Ricky, which sells beautiful works of edible art from the counter to both locals and tourists alongside coffee, ice cream and lots of other delicious things to eat in or take away.

Matteo says: ‘This is a beautiful pasticceria in Alta Badia by Richard Wieser. Together with his wife he has created amazing pastries and I always stop by on my way to the kitchen in the morning for something light to eat.’

Contact information
17 Str. Pedraces , Badia , Bolzano , 39036 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 838018

7. L’Murin

South Tyrol certainly has its fair share of bars, but L’Murin is a favourite amongst the locals. Housed in the same hotel as the Michelin-starred restaurant La Stüa de Michil, it has a distinctly Ladin vibe, with wooden walls, simple décor and a relaxed, tasty food menu to match the drinks.

Matteo says: ‘I like to relax here on my days off with friends. It’s so cosy in the winter and a very nice place to visit during the summer.’

Contact information
105 Str. Col Alt , Corvara In Badia , Bolzano , 39033 , Italy

Telephone

+39 0471 831000

8. La Terrazza

For a good espresso or cappuccino, La Terrazza is where those in the know flock to. It offers lunch and snacks alongside drinks, but it has become known in particular for its coffee, which Matteo says can’t be bested locally.

Matteo says: ‘The best coffee in the region. I survive because of this café!’

Contact information
Strada Micurà de Rü , San Cassiano , Bolzano , 39030 , Italy

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