Garda Lake and environs
Three regions border Lake Garda, each of whose peculiarities of landscape and culture influence their traditional cuisine and the type of food and wine they produce. The typical foods and product of the Garda area are renowned for their quality, making this a paradise for food-lovers and wine connoisseurs, as well as for lovers of nature and tradition. One of the myriad delights of a holiday on Lake Garda and the region of Veneto is the discovery of an abundance of delicious traditional wines and foods.
More and more diners in Italy and abroad are learning to appreciate the region’s DOC wines (including Lugana, Custoza, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Amarone, Soave), its premium quality DOP- certified extra virgin olive oil, its freshwater fish (whitefish, lake trout, Sardinian, carpione), and, that old reliable typical dish: polenta.
The gastronomy tradition of Garda has recently rediscovered other foods that are becoming increasingly sought after, such as truffles (the hunting and collecting of which is a traditional skill handed down from father to son), asparagus, and radicchio rosso (‘Italian chicory’).
Verona has boasting rights over the invention of Pandoro, a traditional sweet bread – and practically a national institution – produced by long-established names such as Melegatti, Bauli, and Paluani, as well as two other treats: “sbrisolona” (almond crumble), and a particular delicate type of puff pastries.
To conclude, here is a brief list of some of the tantalizing traditional dishes you may want to try in the numerous local restaurants and farmhouses in the area: boiled meat with “pearà” (local sauce prepared with breadcrumbs, soup stock and pepper), “pastissada de caval” (horsemeat stewed in wine), gnocchi, tortellini, risotto with radicchio, and pike with polenta.
RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS AND FARMHOUSE
Ristorante al Castello
A magnificent restaurant in Lazise, that is fascinatingly replete with history being located within the walls of the medieval castle of Lazise.
This well-kept restaurant with a garden courtyard serves pizza, meat and fish in rooms with stone walls and wooden rafters.
Taste typical Italian and local dishes while dining on the lawn overlooked by the town’s main tower, sipping fine wine and enjoying the marvellous ambience.
Distance: 300 m
Azienda Agricola GUERRIERI - RIZZARDI
Under the care of the Rambaldi family, the farm has been active since the 12th century. In the latter half of the 18th century, Agostino Guerrieri (1749 – 1833) married Maria Teresa Rambaldi, the last descendant of the family, and the property thus passed into the ownership of the Guerrieri. Today, the Guerrieri-Rizzardi main office is located on the Bardolino estate.
THE BARDOLINO VINEYARDS
The vineyards (40 hectares) and the winery are located in Bardolino, at the very heart of the place of production of the eponymous trademark-protected wine. The vineyards reach into two of the six municipalities designated as “classic” producers, namely: Bardolino and Cavaion Veronese, both located on the slopes of the eastern shore of Lake Garda. The vineyards grow at an altitude of between 70 and 190 metres. They are divided into 35 different plots with varying planting densities of 2,000 to 5,000 vines per hectare. The average age of a vine is around 18 years.
The red grape cultivars are: Corvina, Rondinella, Sangiovese, Merlot, and Ancellotta. The white grapes cultivars are: Garganega, Marcobona and Moscato Bianco. The soils tend to be sandy and loamy, sometimes quite stony, and are rich in magnesium. The climate is temperate and moderated by the proximity of the lake.
Distance: 6.8 km
Tel. +39 045 7210028
The museum of olive oil
One of the characteristic and defining products of Garda is its extra virgin olive oil, renowned for its light and delicate taste, and guaranteed by its DOP certification. (DOP=PDO: Protected Designation of Origin). The Cisano di Bardolino Oil Museum looks back to a time when oil extraction techniques seemed immutable, until they were revolutionized by the technological progress of the early 20th century. The Museum displays various ancient and unusual tools, some in use since the eighteenth century: lever presses, water-powered millstones, and other original tools. Educational videos and information panels explain how olives are cultivated and oil produced.
You can sample and directly purchase the specialities of the museum, which include oils, vinegars, pickles, sauces, jams and wines.
Distance: 3,3 km
Tel. +39 045 6229047
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