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Jul 23, 2007 09:23 AM

restaurants in alto adige

We will be staying five nights in alto adige, about twenty minutes outside of Bolzano. Does anyone have any recommendations? We will have a car, and can travel.

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  1. I can't help you with restaurants, but I want to tell you how envious I am - Alto Adige may well be the most perfect place on the earth.

    1. I was just there 1 week ago. If you like wine I would highly recommend visiting the Abbazia di Novacella (, a beautiful medieval abbey about 20 minutes walk (through gorgeous apple orchards) north of Brixen that makes excellent wines, including Sylvaner, Kerner, Gewurstraminer, Pino Grigio, Lagrein, etc. On site is a bar where you can sample the wines, and a wine shop for buying them. Nearby Brixen is also a charming town worth visiting.

      I stayed (and ate) at Unterwirt, in the hill-side "village" of Gudon, just above the town of Chiusa - NE of Bolzano. Highlights were a deliciously chewy pasta made with rye flour served with speck (the local cured meat) and local wild mushrooms, and tortelloni of oven-roast tomatoes with parmesan cream and a spinach puree, and parsley soup. The wine list has a section devoted to the Val d'Isarco, the local region within the Alto Adige.

      I also enjoyed the outdoor food market and several of the wine bars along the Piazza delle Erbe in Bolzano, but didn't really spend much time in that city.