There are not many mountain restaurants on the slopes of Passo Tonale and its connected resort of Ponte di Legno. This means that those who spend most of their time on the local slopes of Passo Tonale, in particular, return to the village for lunch, where there are plenty of bars serving food and a few unpretentious restaurants.
Many establishments include local favorites on their menu – such as canerdeli (a type of dumping of bread), pizzoccheri (a flat, ribbon-like pasta) and sciatt (cheese-stuffed buckwheat pancakes), as well as more conventional Italian fare.
For more Passo Tonale inspiration, check out our guides to the resort’s best accommodations and après ski.
On the mountain
Petitpierre Corno d’Aola refuge
An atmospheric refuge built on the ruins of an old WWI fort, Rifugio Petitpierre Corno d’Aola is located near the top of the Corno d’Aola chairlift above Ponte di Legno, with an (easy) black run the only descent. There are fabulous views from the terrace. Great value food includes pasta dishes, a huge mixed grill which is enough to share and a very tasty gorgonzola torte. There is also a hatch on the balcony that serves sandwiches and snacks.
The rustic Capanna Valbione chalet is located at the top of the Valbione chairlift from Ponte di Legno, in a beautiful location overlooking a small lake and the mountains behind. The ground floor is self-service and renowned for its excellent pizzas. Book upstairs for more sophisticated table service such as gnocchi with wild boar sauce, local specialty canerdeli, venison carpaccio and delicious desserts.
An old stone building that is also a hotel near the start of the Guiliana slope, Il Faita is almost below and near the top of the Ponte di Legno-Tonale return gondola lift. It has a large terrace and interiors simply furnished with wooden tables, chairs and benches. Top-notch food includes local dishes such as pizzoccheri and pork knuckle with polenta, as well as better-known pasta dishes such as lasagna, tagliatelle with venison ragu and spaghetti carbonara, as well as soups and burgers.
Pizzeria Bar Alpi
The simple and family-friendly Pizzeria Bar Alpi offers an extensive pizza menu that includes pancetta with delicious chanterelle mushrooms, sausage, spicy Mexican-style dishes and vegetarian options. Also good soups and pasta. Selection of craft and draft beers.
Contact: 00 39 0 36 49 03 850; facebook.com/Pizzeria-Bar-Alpi/
Small, cozy and family-run, Il Focolare has pretty tables and decorations. There are many local specialties on the menu, such as dumplings, pizzoccheri and a variety of stews with polenta. The homemade pastas and sauces are also delicious and the tiramisu is to die for. Unsurprisingly, it’s popular with locals and booking is essential.
Contact: 00 39 335 608 2713; facebook.com/Ristorante-Il-Focolare
Housed in a lovely old wooden building in Temù (just beyond Ponte di Legno), Kro is nestled in a courtyard, where diners can be welcomed with mulled wine and canapés. The interior is very woody and suggestive, with a stone cellar. The food served here earns Kro a mention in the Michelin guide, and well-presented dishes can include some unusual dishes such as local specialty sciatt as a starter, drunken tagliolini with mildly spicy vegetable carbonara as a pasta, and licorice mousse for dessert. There are also many more traditional options, such as game and mushroom filled ravioli, black truffle risotto, slow-cooked pork cheek in red wine and fabulous mandarin ice cream. Good homemade bread and excellent wine list.
Contact: 00 39 036 490 6411; facebook.com/kro.ristorante