Sometimes in Selva Val Gardena it's easy to forget you're on your holidays to Italy. However, the vast majority of food on offer here is of the classic Italian variety, with occasional hints of nearby Austria. Many of the restaurants are little lodge-like spots, rustic and charming, complete with the backdrop of the stunning Italian mountains. Expect to be served hearty dishes that'll keep you nice and full.
Italian and Austrian themed restaurant Chalet Gerard's curious shape makes it look as though it's an extension of the mountains behind it, woody and curvy as it is. Sweeping glass windows make views of the mountain that much more possible, not that you'll be able to take your eyes off your plate, especially when lamb chops, risotto or apple strudel arrive.
Kronestube has the vibes of a modern yet rustic pub, and boasts a menu of light bites to match. Out here you can expect plates of cold ham and cheese to start, followed by hot sandwiches and salads, with a big mug of beer on the side.
Tucked right up in the mountains and with ample views, Rifugio Emilio Comici is a quirky spot that attracts adventurers. There's a tall, windy mountain slide and a rock climbing wall for little ones, plus chairs to sunbathe from. And then there's the food, most enjoyed for lunch and with dumplings, pasta, prawn starters and a delicious range of desserts.
Baita Ciampac is a little log cabin with plenty of greenery for rustic al fresco dining. It's primarily a breakfast and lunch stop, but the restaurant does open twice a week for dinner. You can pop in for French toast or eggs with breakfast potatoes, plus hot drinks splashed with alcohol.
In a sweet little restaurant whose terraces are decked with colourful flowers, you'll find classic Italian food and dishes from the wider Mediterranean like steak tartare, grilled vegetables and fish, plus pasta and pizza. Leave room for dessert too – lemon sorbet and coconut pastries filled with chocolate are on the menu.
Pizzeria L Ciamin has all the makings of a modern trattoria, reminiscent of old world Italy. On offer here are classic pizzas, polenta with sausage, minestrone and a salad bar, not to mention a sizeable list of beer and wine to go with. Just be sure to book in advance.
For a meal out in Selva Val Gardena that's a little more on the upscale side, Nives is your go-to. The menu ranges from burgers to food of the more gourmet variety, including lamb cutlets, steak and venison, all expertly paired with a glass of wine from the restaurant's extensive list.
The Baita Panorama Huette looks like a little cabin you might happen to stumble upon in your trek through the mountains. And the name doesn't lie – there certainly are beautiful panoramic views here, not to mention a menu filled with afternoon snacks like homemade pastries, hearty breakfasts and pork ribs.
This little restaurant boasts traditional Italian fare, including thick-crust pizza, pastas and marinated fish, plus European wild cards like goulash. Add to the mix a list of local wine and you've got a happy little meal at the foot of the mountains.
A little family-run spot, Speckkeller features a menu that's vast and varied, kept interesting with spare ribs, goulash and dumplings, as well as more familiar pasta dishes. Inside you'll find a particularly cosy atmosphere, too, plus hearty portions, all the better to make you feel at home.