Courmayeur Mont Blanc’s rich local culinary tradition offers something for all tastes.
There is abundant local produce: fontina, Blue d’Aoste, Chevrot du Mont Blanc and brossa cheeses, artisan yoghurt, and game; meat sauces, polenta and cheese, sformati di patate (potato terrine), soups and cold cuts.
The restaurants in Courmayeur remain faithful to their tradition but often add an elegant contemporary touch.
Dishes include antipasto of local produce such as Jambon del Bosses DOP (a type of prosciutto) or the excellent Lardo di Arnad (cured pork), which may be followed by “seuppe” ( bread and cheese soup) or the many variations of polenta such as “concia” (with cheese) “carbonade” (beef and red wine). Try one of the many DOC wines produced in the region with your meal, and round it off with a glass of local grappa or génépy, which is similar to absinthe. If you’re with friends try a caffè Valdostano, the local way of making coffee served in a wooden cup called a grolla.
To make sure you’re getting the real thing, look for the hotels, restaurants and shops carrying the “Saveurs du Val d’Aoste” brand.
The brand is displayed in shops where you can buy genuine typical Valle d'Aosta products, and places where you can have a traditional lunch or dinner. Various wine roads – “Routes des Vin” – traverse the Valle D'Aosta
The route also takes in another two important vineyards, Vigna La Piagne and Vignetta di Cottin, the highest in Europe.