Trentino-Alto Adige Food Travel
The northern Italy alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige is made up of two autonomous regions — Trentino and Alto Adige, more often known as South Tyrol. It’s an unexpected side of Italy, with a distinct Germanic feel, a fact underscored by the number of residents who identify as German-speaking Italians.
The region is stunning to see and so much fun to explore, though it can be slow going. The mountain roads that skirt the foothills of the Italian Alps are twisty and windy, and lead to the most breathtaking turquoise lakes and jagged peaks that appear around every corner.
The food in this part of Italy is distinct as well. Imagine the warm and filling comfort foods you crave on a cold winter day and you’ll be on the right track. Hearty dishes like meat and polenta dishes slathered in gravy, stuffed ravioli-style pastas, cheese and spinach dumplings made from scratch and packed by hand. And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.
But while the food itself may be filling, there are local Chefs who are creating some amazing dishes inspired by all the beautiful scenery and resources of their local valley. We were excited to find some amazing food here and culinary destinations worth traveling for, and we know you will be too!
And lest you think the cooler climates may not yield the best wines, think again. South Tyrolean wines get high marks for a diverse and impressive slate. Typical wines of South Tyrol include Lagrein and Gewürztraminer, as well as Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder or White Burgundy), Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.