La Thuile, Aosta Valley
From the sea to the beauty of the mountain, precisely in Aosta Valley, at the foot of the Mont Blanc. Every year mountaineers from all around the world climb the peaks and reach shelters located at 4,000 meters high.
Going into the high altitude shelters, you can find regional delicacies such as the unmistakable polenta, but also the chnèfflene, or pasta flakes, made from flour, water, milk and egg, cooked in boiling water and seasoned with fondue, cream and speck; for a second course, try he Valdostana caldus sauce, with fontina and eggs, cooked in butter, or Valdostana crepes, with fontina and ham. Among the sweets, a must are blanc à manger, a chocolate cake of Savoyard origin, and torcetti, butter biscuits with sugar and honey.
Speaking of typical shelters, Lo Riondet deserves a special mention. With its Alpine memorabilia and wooden walls, this place creates the perfect atmosphere to savour delicacies such as the 18-months seasoned Saint Marcel ham, illustrious companion to fresh mountain cheese.
S.S. Piccolo San Bernardo, 4, La Thuile, Italy
+39 0165 88 40 06