For a cosy evening meal buzz ahead for La Grange in Les Eucherts, where you’ll find Italian and Savoyard specialities, plus huge pizzas. The relaxed atmosphere make this a good option for groups and families – and there are take-away options. For the traditional approach, Le Genépi (+33 479 07 52 09) has an enthusiastic following among regular visitors. The fireside setting is stylish and welcoming, and the dessert items evoke particularly fond memories. Most highly thought-of is L’Ancolie (+33 479 06 86 71) in Les Eucherts, which serves regional French cuisine. It’s open for lunch with barbecues outside on the terrace, and in the evening for fine dining in cosy chalet-style surroundings. Lunch on the giant sunny terrace of Le Relais du Petit-St-Bernard is recommended; it is situated at the foot of the pistes.
L’Antigel is a new mountain restaurant located at the bottom of the slalom stadium Joël Chenal. It has a lovely terrace and serves traditional mountain dishes as well as snacks, with an excellent wine list.
Lunch on both sides of the border
At the foot of the Fort chair-lift, La Traversette (+33 611 70 51 07) supplies snacks and self-service meals all day, or take the lift and at the top you’ll find the Chalet Anca – fast-food plus home-prepared vin chaud. On a cold, windy day you’ll appreciate this, and you can ski back down even after the lifts have closed. Nearer to home, and accessible to pedestrians from Les Eucherts, is the Plan du Repos Bar/Restaurant (+33 479 06 87 92), which has a large panoramic sun-terrace. There’s a lot to be said for skiing into Italy for lunch beside the pistes. Accessible via the San Bernardo (no. 7) red-graded cruise above La Thuile is Lo Riondet (+39 165 88 40 06), which offers a warm welcome and reviving meals on a comfortable covered terrace or beside a warm fire in an authentic chalet-style bar. The vegetarian-friendly menu includes perfect pasta classics.