An alternative sports activity is sledding, thanks to a dedicated track of 10 kilometres, which is the longest in Europe. Also, there's great news on the food and wine front, with the renowned Alto Adige Doc Valle Isarco wines and many excellent products: game, speck, cheese, bread, honey, fruit... Here are the 6 best restaurants selected by Gambero Rosso:
Where to eat in Vipiteno, the best restaurants
Gourmet Break. Located on the main street in a pedestrian area, Häusler boasts a family-run establishment that has been passed down through generations since 1830. Today, it's a must-stop for a pit stop at any time of the day, from breakfast to aperitivo. The strong points of their offerings are experience, craftsmanship, and quality of every ingredient used in the preparation of various types of bread and a wide range of desserts. During the Christmas season, they also offer pandoro and panettone.
Häusler – via Città Nuova, 11 – 0472 765189 – baeckerei-haeusler.it
Restaurant. Chef Burkhard Bacher is a true globetrotter. His travels, which allowed him to turn his passion into his profession, have taken him to some of the most prestigious kitchens in the world. Experiences that he summarises with sensitivity and balance in dishes of great personality that celebrate a happy marriage between Alto Adige and the Orient. The elegant and welcoming dining room and the renowned wine cellar are amicably managed by his wife Annalies Reich. Reservations recommended.
Kleine Flamme – via Città Nuova, 31 – 0472 766065 – kleineflamme.com
Restaurant. An address that satisfies every appetite, pleasant and well-cared-for, with offerings ranging from strict tradition to well-conceived creations and wood-fired pizza. From the menu: venison tataki with red cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke, and red currant sauce; homemade veal cheek ravioli, celery puree, and white pepper sauce; beef fillet with grilled vegetables; cinnamon crème brûlée with apple ice cream. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
Kolping – via Città Nuova, 24 – 0472 765296 – restaurant-kolping.it
Restaurant. The warm welcome and the staff's availability towards customers are the pleasant premises of the experience in this venue. The menu focuses on the combination of tradition and seasonality, yielding more than satisfying results. A separate mention goes to their desserts, indulgent and well-presented. Good wine selection. Opportunity to stay in rooms and suites with a bed and breakfast formula for those wishing to extend their stay.
Zur Traube – via Città Vecchia, 12 – 349 5055049 – traube.it
Wine Bar. A place that wine enthusiasts, in particular, must take note of, with modern and tasteful spaces attached to a comfortable hospitality structure. A wide selection of wines awaits patrons, who can also choose to purchase bottles, and there's a rich daily offering for tasting. As for the kitchen, helmed by Fabio Domenico Di Gregorio, the menu comprises a few proposals to ensure maximum freshness of market and seasonal products; vegetables and aromatic herbs come from the property's garden.
Vinzenz at Hotel Haus am Turm – via Città Nuova, 4 – 0472 765428 – vinzenz.wine
Gourmet Break. Kathrin and Philipp are the two young and passionate managers of this establishment, very charming and welcoming, ideal for those seeking a gourmet stop in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Their offering revolves around three main themes: hamburgers, grilled meats, and 'bowls' (bowls with various combined ingredients that represent a complete meal). The hamburger buns are homemade with organic flour, as are the sauces, and all products are of high quality. Beers and wines available to accompany meals.
Zoll – via Brennero, 48 – 339 3193938 – zoll.one