at Valle Aurina
The cuisine of the Valle Aurina-Ahrntal is like its landscape: wild and natural, hearty and authentic. Where so many possibilities are offered for hiking, biking, and mountain climbing, it’s a good thing that feasting is allowed. After all, the Valle Aurina is known for a good many special features that are served everywhere in old and noble inns, in rustic Alpine refuges, and in fine restaurants. And it is more than just the Valle Aurina Schlutzkrapfen ravioli with spinach, ricotta, and potato filling that are widely known.
A good many highly coveted dishes were once regarded as “poor folks’ food.” For example, the aged Tyrolean gray cheese known as Valle Aurina Graukäse, made from sour lowfat milk. For some time now, it has been experiencing a Renaissance in the haute cuisine of South Tyrol-Südtirol. It ends up as an ingredient in Tyrolean Knödel dumplings, is eaten by itself, or else served simply with vinegar, oil, and onions. The residents of the Valle Aurina just want things simple and natural. For that reason, many dining establishments place great value upon purchasing the ingredients that they use in their cuisine right from the farms in the surrounding area.