The city of Bolzano in the Italian Province of South Tyrol is set in a lush valley surrounded by hills of vineyards. A junction of Italian and German-Austrian culture, this unique fusion of central European and Mediterranean comes through in the cuisine of the region. Here are my top restaurant picks in Bolzano.
1. Restaurant Laurin
With a simple, elegant decor complete with indoor palm trees and white tablecloths, Restaurant Laurin is an award-winning eatery serving light, contemporary food. In the summer months, you can dine al fresco under the large sun sails hoisted amongst ancient trees in the park. Chef Manuel Astuto creates youthful, imaginative dishes fusing Mediterranean flavors with the taste of the South Tyrolean mountains. Only fresh seasonal products are used and the extensive wine list offers a select choice of wine from the region and elsewhere. Perfect for an elegant business lunch or a special occasion.
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2. Zur Kaiserkron
Located in a historical building in the center of town, Zur Kaiserkron serves up simple, modern nourishment using local ingredients of the finest quality. It is a traditional, more formal, high-end place with professional service and a refined, elegant ambiance. Family run, Head Chef Claudio Melis innovates in the kitchen, while Monica Weiser manages and her brother Robert Weiser sources wine for the daring wine list. An excellent choice for business or pleasure.
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3. Restaurant 37
For a less formal dining experience in a welcoming ambiance, Restaurant 37 plates modern combinations of traditional Italian, Austrian and European food. The Chef adds a creative touch to traditional alpine cuisine using local products. Located on the 5th floor of an upscale sports store, you can dine in clean and modern decor with big arched windows revealing a mountain view. Service is excellent, as is the wine list and the rooftop terrace.
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