Take refuge in the places of good food and good drink, to escape mass tourism and gastronomic gathering rituals. Ten oases not easy to reach, but worth the trip. Also for the nature that surrounds them
For us it is going beyond the concept of agritourism, which especially in the summer often loses a bit of culinary efficacy. And they are not the classic hinterland places, respectable for charity, where in some cases you can eat well too, but often they lack the extra touch. And it is also to avoid the tavern, a timeless place of food and soul, which gives Italians total security, overshadowing the real quality of the raw materials and dishes because the "portions are abundant and you spend little" . But it is not always so, indeed. Our selection of premises starts from other peculiarities: first of all a good distance from the tourist destinations. In return, there is that tranquility that only trend seekers can constantly avoid. Every once in a while, getting out of the crazy crowd is good. Especially sitting at the table.
Tradition and territory
The other concept of our premises is represented by the quality of the offer, almost always in the hands of historical families or people who have gathered the honor and the burden of continuing the previous activity. No modernism, but attention to the contemporary, essential for those who make cooking. They are places where you can taste dishes obviously related to the territory and tradition, certainly with respect for the km, zero but without obsessions. Surprising dishes, between the ancient and the current, as the world has changed and the same soup can be just as good if cooked with one hand light and precise. They are places in fascinating areas, especially out of season, which make simplicity and hospitality a strong point. They do not ask for a salty ticket, precisely because they are not part of show food. It is fine, in short. We guarantee ourselves.
Alpe Rebelle – Bionnaz (AO)
The name suggests that it is not the usual Valle d'Aosta mountain. The sign is written! Mountaineering and a place of memory, but the small bed & breakfast that hosts the restaurant is built in total sustainability. The cuisine is typical of Valle d'Aosta, but proposed with class: the Seupette alla Valpelinentze is a must. And in the cellar triumph the best wine and liqueur productions of the Valley. A la carte 30 euros, tasting at 25.
Reis – Frassino (CN)
He was a star at the age of 24, a pupil of Cracco and Niederkofler: Juri Chiotti returned home and opened a unique restaurant in Val Varaita with his family in 2017. A big table on the ground floor and on the first floor twenty covered in a mountain room where to consume the dishes of a cook who has not lost his skill and is now dedicated to free mountain food. We eat very well: potato dumplings with bear garlic pesto, char eggs and toasted almonds; lamb diaphragm with pea cream, capers and coffee powder; panna cotta with mountain hay, pine cone syrup. On paper 30 euros, same amount for tasting.
La Brinca – Ne (GE)
Twenty minutes from Chiavari, climbing inland until you reach this village with a splendid view of the Levant. The Circella family runs one of the best inns in Liguria, for guides and enthusiasts. Excellent cuisine, from appetizers to desserts, daughter of a research on ancient Genoese recipes, but also of modern techniques, using the best of the territory. Winery with a thousand labels. On paper 25 euros.
Osteria La Campanara – Galeata (FC)
Ideal to escape the crowding of the Adriatic Riviera: an abundant hour from Cesenatico and the balance is found in a former sixteenth-century rectory transformed into a pleasant tavern, thanks to a cheerful couple formed by Alessandra and Roberto. You can taste Tuscan-Romagna specialties, with great attention to the raw material poor of the area. In the next house there is the inn with six beautiful rooms, a couple even with a Turkish bath. On paper 25 euros.
Sagona – Loro Ciuffenna (AR)
In winter a small room, in summer the pergola. A large tavern, inside the homonymous farm – of oil and wine, primarily – which is located twenty minutes from the Valdarno exit on the A1. Super-seasonal, few-course menu: potatoes in various recipes, meats and cheeses, vegetable and soup creams, hand-made pasta, zolfini beans, game, baked meats and pan… Simplicity, but enjoyment. On paper 25 euros.
Country Flavors – Ofena (AQ)
In the hamlet of Serenella and Livia di Battista one of the best cuisine of Abruzzo is served: 90% of the raw materials – including meat – comes from the family farm, which has also recovered ancient crops. Careful, tasty dishes: parmigianina, sagnette with chickpeas and saffron, lamb with breadcrumbs and aromatic herbs. In the summer, prepare yourself in the beautiful courtyard, immersed in the quiet of the countryside. Ofena is located in the Gran Sasso National Park, 40 minutes from Chieti. You spend 25 euros.
Locanda Pecora Nera – Buturo (CZ)
At an altitude of 1539 meters: pure air, uncontaminated landscape, sincere welcome. In the heart of the Sila, in a small quiet village, there is this delicious landing, with some rooms. Simple dishes, hand-drawn pasta, mountain flavors, cold cuts and cheeses from the valley. Female hand in the kitchen, with mushrooms in season and the pork shank with beer as a dish of the house. Some labels of good Calabrian wine in the cellar. On paper 25 euros.
Su Recreu – Ittiri (SS)
Su recreu in Sardinian means the refreshment. And in fact it is an oasis of total peace, half an hour from Alghero, created by Piera Pisanu and Gavino Demontis which also includes a vegetable garden and a farm. The kitchen proposals are typical: cold cuts, cheeses, roast suckling pig, zichi with artichokes and kid stewed with olives. Homemade dessert with a secret recipe. It is eaten with the red wine produced in the company that hosts the restaurant. Only tasting at 27, 33 and 38 euros.
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