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Mar 6, 2011 02:57 PM


Hello: my family and I will be taking a trip to Garmisch in the German Alps this summer, and we are thinking of a train excursion into the town of Bolzano. Can anyone give me any insight about the food/culture? Any notable places to eat? Can we get some authentic Trentino cuisine? Would appreciate any thoughts or recommendations. I apologize for the general nature of this query, but I really don't know anything about the area! Thanks in advance.

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  1. Have you read all the threads listed just below (Italy Board Discussions) on this page? Have you Googled Balzano? The town has a great website and it really looks like the pictures.

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    1. If you had done a search you would find BN1's own report, so I guess he/she knowsh what he/she's talking about,
      There are other threads too look down below this and you may see links to others...\

      Here also are some places compliled onto the Chowhound restaurant page.For example I see there is a Slowfood selection, Cavallino Bianco, and one from Michelin (Forsterbrau) in the town itself

      We are planning to be in Munich in June and will then be travelling down via Trento. to Lago di Garda I considered stopping in Bolzano for our single extra nightr night and day, and maybe go up to the Renon/Ritten plateau where some of the recommended restaurants for Bolzano are, but decided we would satisfy our alpine itch in the Germany Alps instead and head for Trent as our interim stop, since we like it quite a lot and it is more Italian culturally (we also didnt have a chance to check out any of the good restaurants there on our quick visit). Alto Adige is split culturally between the Bolzano region and Trento, with the former being on the more germanic/ladino side of the line, I suppose Bolzano isvery Italian in comparison to Garmisch, but a lot of the attractiveness seems to be the alpine setting.

      Looking forward to your report on what you find in Bolzano and Garmisch.

      Via Goethe,6, Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 39100, IT

      Cavallino Bianco
      Via Bottai,6, Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 39100, IT

    2. I’m sorry I didn’t read your question about Bolzano closely enough: “Can we get some authentic Trentino cuisine?” The short answer is probably not.

      Italy is subdivided into 20 regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Of the 5, Trentino/Alto Adige constitutes a special case. The region itself is nearly powerless and the powers granted by the region's statute are mostly exercised by the two autonomous provinces within the region, Trento and Bolzano-Bozen. In this case, the regional institution plays a merely coordinating role (Wikipedia).

      Trentino is Italian dominate and Alto Adige is Austrian dominate with everything bilingual. The Slow Food “Osterie & Locande D’Italia” split’s the region into 2 chapters, one for Trentino and one for Alto Adige. So for Trentino cusine, one would look to Trento and the surrounding area.

      As a matter of fact, I have a reservation finally after trying for 3 years at the Villa Madruzzo above Trento for Wednesday. This villa was the home at the time of one of the important participants in the Council of Trent. It is renowned for its Trentino cuisine.

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      1. re: BN1

        Thanks. Based on this and your previous post about Bolzano I'm wondering if it might not be worth it to take the longer trip to Trento. After 10 days in Garmisch, Salzburg, and Innsbruck, it would be nice to take a little side trip to a more Italian city rather than a more Austrian place like Bolzano...

        1. re: tamerlanenj

          I have had really good food in Trento, but I find it confusing to drive around the area. I got sidetracked driving to Villa Madruzzo today and I have been here 4 times previously. Bolzano has a lot of fun things to do: the hiking trails, the cable cars, the Iceman of the Alps display at the museum. The Iceman display is one of the most interesting things I have ever seen. They did CSI type research and it's facinating what they discovered. I really like the Italian/Austrian food in Bolzano, but you can easily visit both towns, which are only about 30 minutes apart on the Autostrada.