Appetite comes by walking

by Giovanni Salmoriglio

In the mountainside, the warm season is synonym of fresh air, walks and hikes. The tracks available at the Matterhorn Valley are for everyone: from the easier paths, to the harder tracks. Once you have decided your level of difficulty, and have started looking at the maps, you can start consulting these next pages for “tasty” stops that you can choose during your trip.


Restaurant La Bricole is here to satisfy your need for “creative cuisine”, during the summer and winter, for lunch and dinner. You will see that Richard and Buby have taken care of every single detail in this lodge. It is easy to get to by skis, car or on foot. This restaurant is opened all year round and offers a Snack Bar ideal for quick breakfasts and lunches of gourmet hamburgers and delicious plates. The menu offers sophisticated dishes, such as pata negra and Angus steak, fresh fish or wagyu beef. All which you may enjoy in front of a heater or the large terrace that overlooks the Breuil valley. Highly selected wine menu. Reservations are appreciated.

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If you happen to pass between Plain Maison and Plateau Rosà and want a sweet break under the sun and overlooking the entire valley, look to “Cime Bianche Laghi”. Smiles and good moods are the delicious plates’ main ingredients. This restaurant is located at a 2810m height. You can, not only, get to it by skiing down or hiking up the Ventina, depending on the season, but also by using the convenient cableways which bring you directly to the entrance. The locale is opened all year long. The menu varies depending on the season but one thing stays the same: the traditional Aosta Valley dishes accompanied by delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes and pies.

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If you are passionate about eco-infrastructures which use renewable energies, such as hydroelectric energies and wood chip fired heating systems, La Pera Doussa agritourism is just for you. Here, at the Gaspard family, you may enjoy traditional lunches and dinners prepared with the “0 km” philosophy. Products are harvested locally. La Pera Doussa also has 7 wooden rooms, designed with a typical Aosta Valley style, and a flat among the mountain pasture, where one can sleep immersed in nature and can wake up to birds singing. This agritourism is located in a strategic spot for those who love outdoor activities: during the winter, people can get to it directly from the ski slopes. Starting here many paths begin for daily or nightly walks (with snowshoes). During the summer, you can choose to go to the nearby Loz Lake for a picnic on the grass, or pass through kilometers of tracks, all the way to the mountain pastures. You also may choose to go on foot or by horse, available at the agritourism ranch. Have you though about a bike excursion? La Pera Doussa offers an assisted-peddled bike excursion, wonderful physical activity to combine with your relaxation.

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A lodge located at a 3317m height. This lodge is perfect for those who love heights and a familiar and welcoming environment. The new Lucio Trucco management has brought originality to the mountainside, this you can see in the restaurant area: at the sides of the largest panoramic window of Europe, with Matterhorn and Grandes Murailles view, are located the two relaxation areas with sofas and puffs. The innovative menu offers a researched selection of dishes: these explore the Aosta Valley traditional plates without forgetting the french, swiss and Piedmont cuisine. The Rifugio Teodulo is opened all year long. You can get to the lodge by skis during the winter, skiing from the Plain Maison to Bonatini, and on foot during the summer, walking the track 6. There are 80 reservable beds here if you want to have a unique experience. From here you can start your mountain excursions towards Monte Rosa, the Castore, the Polluce, the Breithon and many more. The lodge also organizes themed soirées, parties, birthday parties, anniversaries (breakfast and dinner included only), and night ski descents during the full moon after a delicious supper.

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It’s characterizing position represents an important aspect for this restaurant. It directly overlooks the Matterhorn but it is extremely easy to get to. It is located a few meters away from the wide parkinglot of Les Skieurs d’Antan’s cableways.

The restaurant is opened all year long for lunch and dinner. It’s also an ideal location for a pre or post outing (or skiing) break. Les Skieurs d’Antan is located at the end of the Ventina Slope, in the Bardonay area. Its cuisine consists of typical dishes, fragrant sandwiches and piadines all combined with excellent beers and a captivating staff. The large terrace, with its green lawn, will become your favorite getaway for relaxing post-outdoor activities.

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Where genuineness, quality and taste meet creativity.

Le Gourmand Restaurant is located just a few steps away from the fishing grounds of Lake Maen, and the trail which touches the lake’s boarders. Today, the Meynet-Verthuy family manages the restaurant. In every dish, the family chooses to give full value to the quality and unique tastes of Aosta Valley products. This welcoming wooden chalet, with its panoramic view of the Matterhorn, holds a rich and organized cuisine: reign of chef Alberto Domenighini. He adapts the menus to the different seasons following the natural agricultural development of the territory. Taste, genuineness and quality define every single dish: from the traditional to the more innovative plates. Every ingredient is selected and combined in a conscious manner, allowing clients to live a culinary experience of the utmost quality. Those who choose this innovative and diverse restaurant will find that their love for this land and the chef’s grand creative ability will accommodate the requests of vegetarians, children and those with particular needs.

Le Gourmand represents a perfect place for those who, after a day of fishing or excursion along the wonderful Valtournenche trails, want to spoil themselves with a tasty break, salty or sweet. A break as appetizing as an Aosta Valley snack or as inebriating as a traditional based dinner. Dinners do not just consist of typical Aosta Valley dishes, but also of Piedmont and dishes from beyond the Alps, either way, all are accompanied by a vast choice of esteemed wine brands mainly from Aosta Valley. Stefano Zanotti will guide your decisions by helping you choose the best combinations. Clients particularly appreciate themed evenings organized by staff to gladden their Thursday nights. Don’t miss the events organized for the warm season, as the terrace is available giving you a full Valley experience.

Le Gourmand Restaurant is also just a few steps away from the Hydroelectric Central of Maen which, during summer months, will host the incredible Kilometro Lanciato (KL) exhibition on a historical race competed in Breuil-Cervinia. Why not take this opportunity to reserve a table?


Restaurant Le Gourmand Frazione Pecou, 10 – Valtournenche
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Along the path that brings to the Chiesetta degli Alpini, near downtown Cervinia, or walking the n.5 slope, you can reach this restaurant. Here you will enjoy a breathtaking view while tasting typical dishes and delicious meats cooked on the grill in front of you. This welcoming and familiar environment has a large solarium with a breathtaking panoramic view. The business offers candle-lit dinners, work breakfasts, and group dinners. Available free night taxi services. During winter, available wooden slay descents.


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