Where to eat in Canazei, the top 8 restaurants selected by Gambero Rosso

Dec 4 2023, 11:35
Canazei is a highly frequented holiday destination in the northernmost part of Val di Fassa. It is part of Dolomiti Superski, Italy's largest ski area, spanning 3,000 square kilometres across the Triveneto region with 1,200 kilometers of slopes and 450 constantly upgraded ski lifts.

The winter season started on November 25th and is expected to end around mid-April 2024. Sellaronda will open on December 5th and close on April 7th, 2024, a real treat for sports enthusiasts. For those who prefer relaxation over physical activity, there are plenty of opportunities, from the water park to horse-drawn carriage excursions. Additionally, when it comes to food, there's a rich variety of local products and typical dishes to enjoy between sips and bites. Here are the top 8 restaurants selected by Gambero Rosso.

Where to eat in Canazei, the top 8 restaurants

L’Ostaria da Besic

Trattoria. Located in the heart of the town with cosy spaces and a beautiful panoramic terrace, it's a reliable choice ideal for enjoying great food without spending too much. The cuisine offers dishes inspired by tradition with strong and intense flavours. Starting with a classic platter of cured meats and cheeses, moving on to tagliatelle with venison and roe ragù, spätzli with beetroot and crispy speck, grilled meats (from Fiorentina to sliced beef). Alternatively, they offer succulent pizzas, hamburgers, and unique dishes with polenta.

L’Ostaria da Besic – Dolomites Street, 101 – 0462 601664 – ostariadabesic.com

Kaiserstube at Hotel Dolomiti Schloss

Restaurant. Visitors always leave satisfied after dining at this establishment, where high standards meet a wide array of offerings. The menu showcases successful reinterpretations of traditional dishes, a grill section featuring carefully selected meat cuts, and a pizzeria service with long-leavened dough and wood-fired baking. Options for coeliacs and vegetarians are also available. All of this complemented by a mostly regional wine selection.

Kaiserstube at Hotel Dolomiti Schloss – Dolomites Street, 78 – 0462 600199 – kaiserstubecanazei.it

Osteria La Montanara

Trattoria. Popular among locals, it offers a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. The home-style kitchen serves generous dishes in terms of flavours and portions, starting with a platter of cold cuts and cheeses accompanied by sauces. The menu continues with tartare, carne salada, tagliatelle with game ragù, barley soup, polenta, shank, ossobuco, and ends with the inevitable tiramisu. You can also stop by just for an aperitif.

Osteria La Montanara – Dolomites Street, 185 – 0462 602610 – Facebook page

El Pael

Restaurant. The Anesi family has been in the tourism business since 1994. Situated in the heart of the hamlet, El Pael is a typical place (in the Ladin language, it means cauldron) focused on wine. The dishes feature Val di Fassa specialties, with delightful deviations. Among the house specialties are the canederli with Puzzone di Moena cheese with cabbage, veal cheek with Teroldego wine and polenta, and the delicious apple strudel with cinnamon gelato. The wine cellar boasts a rich selection of labels chosen with profound expertise.

El Pael – Roma Street, 58 – 0462 601433 – elpael.com

El Resolè

Restaurant. A solid family-run establishment just outside the centre, furnished in a typical style, complete with background music and a terrace. High-quality local ingredients are showcased at their best. Examples include carne salada carpaccio with rocket and Trentingrana cheese, meat dumplings in broth, tagliatelle with roe deer ragù, oven-baked pork shank with organic potatoes, pan-fried eggs with speck and potatoes, and warm apple strudel òà la mode with gelato. They also serve pizzas. Good selection of beverages.

El Resolè – Alba district, Costa Street, 266 – 0462 600312 – elresole.it

Stua de Sorices at Rifugio Carlo Valentini

Restaurant. The gem of this historic family-run chalet at 2,218 metres above sea level, with comfortable rooms and an incredible panorama of Sassolungo, lies in the gourmet cuisine overseen by Gaetano Bonanno, of Neapolitan origin. Alongside the offerings of Ristoro Sun Jouf de Sela with dishes like canederli, goulash, and kaiserschmarren, the Stua menu offers a personal, contemporary, and stimulating vision where the territory serves as a springboard for delightful experiments. The wine selection pairs well with the dishes. Reservation is essential.

Stua de Sorices at Rifugio Carlo Valentini – Passo Sella location, 23 – 0462 601183 – rifugiocarlovalentini.com

Tobià de Zeli

Restaurant. Alba is a small hamlet about 2 kilometres from the centre on the road to Passo Fedaia, and here stands this charming chalet in a tranquil position with rustic wooden furnishings and a large outdoor area. The culinary highlight is the selection of prime ingredients, enhanced by precise cooking methods and perfect pairings. The menu is highly appealing: beef tartare with mustard cream, salted butter, and crostini; polenta gnocchi with game ragù; pink veal rump with celeriac puree. Excellent choice of wines.

Tobià de Zeli – Alba district, Veisc Street, 66 – 0462 601594 – tobiadezeli.it

Würstelstand Pippotto

Street Food. With over half a century of history, this kiosk boasts a linear and modern architecture, integrated into the structure serving as a bus shelter. They offer steam-cooked or grilled sausage sandwiches, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers, as well as the Pippotto dish (sausage with french fries, sauces, sauerkraut, and bread served separately). Everything is prepared on the spot and served promptly. You can eat standing or opt for takeout, perhaps moving to the beautiful park on the other side of the street.

Würstelstand Pippotto – G. Marconi Square – 349 2112822 – Facebook page

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