The flavors of Val D'Aosta courtesy of Cogne's Hotel Bellevue.
A food and wine itinerary in Val d'Aosta, has to include a visit to Cogne and to the mountain town's Hotel Bellevue: a historic establishment which offers gourmands not one, not two, but three gastronomic experiences to introduce them to the surprisingly varied cuisine of Val D'Aosta.
The Bar à Fromage, the first of its kind in Italy, is, as the name suggests, devoted to cheese.
Here, the maitre fromager guides guests through a superlative selection of the finest Italian and French cheeses, providing information concerning the origins and specific characteristics of each cheese and indicating the best accompaniments.
Not to be missed, a slice or two of Hotel Bellevue's own cheeses, conserved in an underground cave close to the hotel
Eating like the locals
The Brasserie du Bon Bec, an authentic "stube" made all the more appealing by the addition of antiques purchased in the local markets, is situated just 100m away from the hotel, in the main piazza of Cogne.
Specializing in traditional mountain cuisine, the Brasserie du Bon Bec is a popular eatery, where visitors and locals alike come to savor tasty dishes such as Fondue, Pierrade and Tartiflette.
When small is beautiful
Le Petit Restaurant, a small gem of a restaurant designed to satisfy even the most demanding of gourmands, has been awarded a Michelin star for its excellent cuisine.
Just four tables are available for a total of 16 guests, all face on to a panoramic terrace with a breathtaking view of the Gran Paradiso glacier.
At Le Petit Restaurant, each and every delicacy is prepared in house: from the fragrant breads and croissants served at breakfast, to the exquisite pralines served after dinner
Sesone's mountain treats
Le Petit Restaurant is the undisputed realm of chef Sergio Sesone, a passionate expert of the valley and its incredible variety of gastronomic treasures.
Sesone is known world-wide for the wonderful dishes he makes with the area's highly-prized game meats and aromatic herbs, wild herbs which he personally gathers from the green mountain slopes in the vicinity of the hotel.
Le Bar à Fromage
La Brasserie du Bon Bec
Le Petit Restaurant
Rue Grand Paradis 22
Tel. +39 016574825