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You don’t need us to tell you the Italian’s take pride in their cuisine and are passionate about good gourmet. But what we can tell you is just because Courmayeur is an alpine ski resort does not make this any different. Authentically Italian in every delightful way you can expect exquisite pasta dishes, perfectly perfected wood or stone baked pizza’s and devine wines to fuel and recover from adventurous days up on the mountain. Not only is the food mouth wateringly excellent, it’s of great value too leaving you with a healthy wallet as well as a happy stomach, making Courmayeur easily the best ski resort for ‘foodies’ in our eyes.
Proof is in the pudding, if you’ll pardon the pun! Courmayeur plays host to a number of food festivals, events and celebrations throughout the year. Just recently it has celebrated regional produce and cuisine with a ‘Shopping & Gourmet’ events displaying locally sourced products and foods scattered around the town’s boutiques. Shopping and nibbles…. who thought up such genius?
In January the innovative culinary festival simply titled the “Gourmet Event” is due to hit the Courmayeur mountains. This is where internationally renowned chefs will take to the high altitude mountain restaurants to deliver an unmissable mountain gourmet ski experience for any passionate foodie with an appreciation of good skiing (or vice versa for that matter!). Talented Italian chefs will be accompanied by culinary accredited masters of the profeshion including Heston Blumenthal, Marcus Wareing, Sat Bains and Clare Smyth. To get involved in the tantalizingly tempting gourmet adventure in Courmayeur you can book your exclusive lunch or dinner menu or get more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courmayeur is a simply sumptuous village oozing sophistication and style with it’s pedestrianised cobbled lanes lined with fashion boutiques, fabulous bars and popular cafe’s at the foot of Mont Blanc itself. Steeped in alpine history it is a hub for adventurous skiers, climbing enthusiasts and ambitious mountaineers. Popular at weekends with locals and tourists alike due to its convenient proximity to both Turin and Geneva Airports, both at just 90 minutes transfer by road. Or perhaps because it just seems to be so much sunnier than any other resort locally (particular compared to its French neighbour Chamonix). Eating, relaxing in the notable Terme di Pré Saint Didier Spa and partying seem to be the favored alternatives of many non-skiers. Whatever, your intentions Courmayeur has a lot to offer with piste skiing, challenging off piste, superb restaurants, and a lively yet tasteful nightlife.
The beauty of Courmayeur is that the quality of food found in the mountains at altitude has just as much care, love and attention as well as culinary credibility as the notable restaurants in the village itself. Until recently, the culinary delights of the mountain restaurants have only been a lunch time luxury, but now with the main gondola from Courmayeur centre now running until midnight. A sublime sun basking apres drink or a full evening of food and entertainment can be appreciated at your heart’s content. Most menu’s will include regional favorites based around polenta, soup, pasta, local sausages, and the local Fontina cheese, oh and not to forget…. pizza! All of the Courmayeur restaurants we have frequented have all served great delicious cuisine and are deservedly popular so it has been a difficult process to whittle down to just 5 favourites in Courmayeur, but here it goes.
Located just above Plan Checrouit on the piste next to the drag lift of the same name Chiecco is well known among those that live in and have visited Courmayeur, and deservedly so. The menu is sophisticated, mostly with locally sourced products, we can’t recommend going for their exceptional specials or trusting their culinary of wine recommendations. A typically family run affair (would you expect anything different in Italy?) expect authentic Italian delights such as rustic ricotta stuffed ravioli, superb fish and meat dishes, or beautifully traditional ragù complimented perfectly with wild boar and polenta.
The intimate and cosy restaurant decorated with taste and run with passion and excellent service creates an enjoyable relaxed ambience. Perhaps not the best establishment for a quick lunch time pit stop or if skiing with very young children with a limited childrens menu but if you appreciate a decent glass of vino, you can’t do much better. In our opinion it’s a MUST! A lunchtime destination that should feature on everyone’s Courmayeur itinerary, you won’t be disappointed!
Wait until you step inside this unassuming mountain hut to be wowed by the memorabilia surrounding you. The next thing you will notice is the owner,as eclectic and good natured as the decor. If you are looking for welcoming staff, delicious cuisine and stunning view then Maison Vieille is the place for you. Idyllically sitting on the magnificent sun terrace absorbing the delightful Italian sunshine whilst you admire Mont Blanc with a glass of wine in hand and a plate of food at your fingertips, you can be nothing but content. Wonderful pasta, meats and desserts are the name of the game here. Located …. lunchtime the mountain but is easily reached by all when skiing.
Thanks to the extended cable car hours you now have alternative options to travel to the Maison Vielle for a delectable evening meal, although I have to say having a ‘need for speed’ inclination I prefer the thrilling snowmobile ride back to Plan Chécrouit instead. The food is magnificent, antipasti and aperitifs delicious and deserts such as the flambé of fruits of the forest are heavenly.
A lovely location at the bottom of the val veny run in Zerota. You will smell the delights of the Petit Mont Blanc before you can see it with their infamous suckling pig spitroast and BBQ standing proud on the terrace outside for all to see. It’s a bit of a right of passage amongst the ski and mountaineering community in courmayeur to try the succulent suckling pig. However, the good food doesn’t stop there. They have a varied menu, but we would go as far to say the penne arrabiatta is the best we have ever had! Simple dishes, yes, but that is the beauty of Italian cuisine, simplistic tasty brilliance. As to be expected regional specialities can be found here such as good quality game (such as rabbit) supplemented by beautiful polenta.
The service is excellent and good spirited, the Petit Mont Blanc has even been known to have a talented singing waiter or two. As its normally that little bit sunnier in Courmayeur the large terrace is a popular spot with its postcard picture perfect view of the southern aspect of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. Even better, when you are handed the bill the feeling is still merry as the prices are very reasonable. Mains start from €10 and an Aosta Valley steak will set you back €16.50. Petit Mont Blanc also organise evening meals for groups on request, they go to the trouble of arranging novel transportation in the form of ski-doos and snow cats an experience you will not easily forget to match that of the food.
Chateau Branlant is perceived and recommended by many to be the best food in Courmayeur. We were initially introduced to the Chateau by two local guides who claimed this place served the best food in Courmayeur, and we have to say we quite agree! It’s in a great, easily accessible location close to the top station of both the Dolonne and Courmayeur gondolas in Plan Checrouit . You can’t help but embrace and soak up It’s rather rustic charm and wonderful views. But then the food arrives and you are simply swept off your feet! Featuring a varied menu with many of the traditional dishes (with the exception of pizza). They serve new daily specials each day, which are not to missed, along with their desserts. If I could have my own way I would happily have a dessert for starter, another for my main as well as to finish with! But not all the skiing in the world could justify this!
As seems the theme in Italy the quality of food to price ratio means the culinary excellence is reasonably priced. Particularly great for those travelling on tighter budgets as they do not charge the coperto and you can order tap water. As well as families due to its family friendly atmosphere. Again Chateau Branlant have an evening dining service, and again provide exciting transportation. From the gondola you will be greeted with your private transfer in the form of a man and ski-doo. There is a trailer on the back for children, the only down side is the close proximity of the restaurant means a rather short adventure in the dark before entering the warm cosy chateau for a brilliant night!
Also in Plan Checrouit is the Christiania hotel and restaurant run by Carlo and Marisa with great passion and enthusiasm. The Christiania is known for its top notch pizzas and scrummy pasta carbonara and their polenta and lamb cutlets is not bad either. It won’t take you long to understand why and you will not leave disappointed. It’s terrace overlooking the mountains is a sun trap and a noteworthy place for a quick pit stop, spot of lunch and even a well deserved tipple of choice. It’s the place to sneak a nice quick quiet beverage in before picking up your little darlings from ski school drop off point which is immediately next to the restaurant. The service in our experience has always been fast and friendly with a bit of welcomed Italian banter mixed in. All in all we feel the Christiana is a perfect excuse for a quick break anytime of the day!
Well, that’s all our little secret food gems exposed. If you have not quite got the hint eating fantastic food on the mountain is one of the highlights of skiing in Courmayeur. We have no doubt in our mind that both on the mountain and in town, it’s difficult to beat Courmayeur for amazing food, and even better without an extortionate associated price tag. Advance booking for lunch for all restaurants is advised and the reason why we have added their contact details. However, there is nothing quite like an excuse for a divine hot chocolate or (whilst in rome) traditional Italian morning coffee whilst making a table reservation in person (it would be rude not to!).
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