All the best restaurants in Cortina d’Ampezzo, suggested by The Italian Eye Magazine.
Tel. (+39) 0436.4432
Located at the foot of the Tofane, this delightful restaurant has for years topped the charts of the best restaurants in Cortina thanks to its hospitable environment and cuisine that incorporates the traditional Ampezzo dishes with a modern twist. The Melon family invites you to try the tasty pasta dishes, like the puff of celeriac and artichokes with pecorino petals, or grilled meats. Do not miss the beautiful terrace where you can eat or just sunbathe while enjoying the views of the Ampezzo Valley.
BAITA PIE’ TOFANA
Tel. (+39) 0436.4258
This cabin is located to the chair lift of the Tofana and has always been a refuge for both skiers and Cortina regulars. The restaurant, all done in wood, offers typical dishes such as polenta with cheeses or a delicious crème brulée with lavender. The cellar instead proposes 300 labels from around the world. Perfect for a break from skiing.
Via Ronco 78
Tel. (+39) 0436.3236
This historic restaurant, and also small hotel 700 meters from the center of Cortina, has been repeatedly awarded for its excellent cuisine that preserves the flavor of the tradition over the years. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, yet elegant, and the kitchen serves dishes accompanied by a wine list that spans almost all the Italian regions.
Via Ronco 115
Tel. (+39) 0436.866741
Villa Oretta, a few minutes from the center of Cortina, is a small hotel and a popular restaurant run by the Bocus Family for more than 30 years. The environment is divided into two rooms with stunning views of the Ampezzo valley and a sunny terrace. The cuisine has clear Venetian influence, given the origin of the family, as the “cicchetti” (hot appetizers), the cod fish or the Venetian liver.
Località Lago Ghedina 2
Tel. (+39) 0436.5646
Surrounded by a forest of fir trees and facing onto the lake, always frozen during winter, it is the most romantic and the most impressive of all the best restaurants in Cortina. The menu is reminiscent of Baita Piè Tofana (the owners are the same) but with refined dishes and excellent raw materials. For an even more impressive experience, there are available for the guests a few delightful rooms upstairs.
Località Fraina 1
Tel. (+39) 0436.3634
The owners of this charming wooden chalet, a restaurant and a B&B with nine rooms, seem to do no wrong, and offer to their customers, year after year, the best Ampezzo cuisine, a great wine list with nearly 600 Italian and international labels, and beautiful views over the Dolomites. Do not miss the spaghetti with onions or the sliced venison with cranberry sauce. Surely our Best Choice within the best restaurants in Cortina.
RELAIS EL TOULA’
Via Ronco 123
Tel. (+39) 0436.3339
Born in 1964 from an old barn (it is the meaning of the word “toula” in ladin), today it’s a popular restaurant that has opened also in Treviso and in Toronto. Luxurious atmosphere, traditional cuisine and excellent service makes it an evergreen on the Cortina’s scene.
EL BRITE DE LARIETO
Località Larieto, Strada per Passo Tre Croci
Tel. (+39) 368.70008083
This farm is the temple of simple tastes and healthy food: in fact, in every dish we find the products of the farm owners: cheese, meat and vegetables. The atmosphere is cozy, as if we had entered an Ampezzo house, and on the ground floor you can admire the large stove (“stua” in Ladin), symbol of these buildings. The dishes are genuine but refined, certainly among the best of all Cortina. Do not miss the casunziei and the cheeses.
RIFUGIO RISTORANTE OSPITALE
Località Ospitale 1
Tel. (+39) 0436.4585
Located at the foot of Monte Cristallo and therefore a favorite destination for skiers and walkers, this typical restaurant has never ceased to amaze guests with its simplicity and traditionalism. The highlight of the menu, in addition to the first and second courses, are the desserts, all exclusively homemade. The refuge also dispose of seven rooms overlooking the woods and the surrounding mountains.
LEONE E ANNA
Località Alverà 112
Tel. (+39) 0436.2768
Namin this restaurant, specialized in Sardinian cuisine, among the best restaurants in Cortina it isn’t an obvious choice but it becomes so when we talk about this place: “a must for foodies.” The menu offers the most famous Sardinian specialties like spaghetti with bottarga, gnocchi with tomato and Sardinian sausage, lobster and many delicacies of Sardinian homemade pastries. A must try.
DA AURELIO AL PASSO GIAU
Passo Giau 5
Colle Santa Lucia
Tel. (+39) 0437.720118
Located on Passo Giau, one of the most picturesque mountain passes of the Dolomites, Da Aurelio is half an hour from Cortina. The view enjoyed, along with the delicacy of the food, make the whole experience for true gourmets. The restaurant, which is part of Altogusto (a selection of restaurants designed to enhance the tradition and excellence of the ingredients), proposes always different combinations and a constant search for the harmony of the dishes. A place that never disappoints.
Tel. (+39) 0436.4660
A must, the Rifugio Averau is located on the slopes of the Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri and organizes dinners with up and down snowmobile, on foot or on skis. The most beautiful are certainly organized with downhill skiing at night to enjoy the night sky at high altitudes. The menu includes dishes from Ampezzo but also surprises with oriental specialties such as risotto with pineapple and curry.