The resort has a dozen restaurants and bars, mainly located in the row of shops, bars and restaurants close to the front de neige in the old town. For the most part they are simple, unpretentious and good value. La Ca del Sol (+33 492 20 53 11) and Le Refuge (+33 492 21 92 97) are both recommended. Le Capitaine (+33 492 21 89 84) is an Italian eatery. Le Trio is another eatery along the main street in the old town. We particularly like Le Transalpin (+33 674 06 31 77) where they do a chicken in Marsala wine with grilled vegetables arranged artistically on the plate. Isabel (+33 492 23 78 53) is family-friendly, with a welcoming ambiance and good food (try the ravioli stuffed with mozzarella and seared sweet tomatoes or the stuffed guinea fowl with porcini mushrooms and fois gras). The village restaurants along the main drag are all open for dinner, but also do a good lunchtime trade with families taking their children there after morning ski school.
Up the mountain at lunchtime there’s only a small choice of mountain eateries on the French side. Our favourite is the modern Les Terrasses (+33 492 55 45 17), which has a big sun terrace with large wicker sofas, and an attractive interior. Les Chalmettes (+33 492 21 93 04), Les Anges (+33 614 61 97 52) and La Bergerie (+33 492 21 81 06) – all three with sun terraces – or the cutting-edge designed Restaurant de l’Eau near the bottom of the slopes.
Alternatively, ski further afield for a typically Italian lunch in some of the excellent and good value eateries – half a dozen are above Claviere and still on the Montgenevre lift pass, including the homely La Coche. You can ski as far as Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx for yet more culinary choices.