Fancy spending a couple of sunlit afternoons relaxing on a restaurant terrace? With sensational scenery to accompany your meal? Then you’ve come to the right place. There are only a handful of resorts (Zermatt, Courmayeur, St Moritz) that can match the Alta Badia for the quality of its lunchtime scene.
One of the great long-lunch destinations
First stop has to be Piz la Ila (+ 39 0471 847403) on the slopes immediately above La Villa. Seafood is the speciality – which is a little surprising, perhaps, at 2077m: but they love to cook it, and present it with real flair (the picture above was taken half-way through a meal here). You’ll feel like film star by the time it comes to click back into your skis – which is appropriate because it’s a favourite with Italian ‘slebs.
There are several other great lunch spots in the area, including the terrace at Hotel Ciasa Salares in the village of Armentarola, and Malga Saraghes, (+39 335 7897164), above San Cassiano, which has outstanding homemade pasta.
Closer to Corvara, try the Capanna Nera/Neger Hütte at the bottom of the Pralongia piste, or Baita La Marmotta and Punta Trieste, on the pistes above it (one of the great things about the paper version of the Alta Badia piste map is that it includes all the names of the mountain restaurants). Mesoles (+39 0471 836023), near Colfosco, is also recommended.
Slope food, as opposed to street food
Gourmet chefs, led by three well-known chefs from Corvara and joined by hand-picked Michelin-star chefs from around Europe, will be creating slope food for the winter of 2012-13. It’s a lot like the take-away food or drink sold from stalls and trailers in cities around the world – then cooked before you. The slope food will be served at mountain huts in Italy’s Alta Badia region, using at least one local food product per recipe.
Sublime resort restaurants, too
La Stua de Michil (+39 0471 831000) is the Michelin-starred restaurant in the fabulous Hotel La Perla. The sixteenth-century Stüa dl’Jagher in Hotel Sassongher has the atmosphere of the hunting lodge it once was. Bookings for both os these are essential.
La Tambra specializes in both Mediterranean and local Ladin cuisine. Hotel Alisander is renowned for fresh fish and game. Stüa Ladina (+39 0471 836083) in Sporthotel Panorama provides local cuisine in rustic surroundings. Fornella (+39 0471 836103) has a sun terrace and serves tasty pizzas.