This lunch stop was the second one in our 9-day Alta Via 1 trek. Although you can drive a vehicle or ride an electric bicycle (because Lavarella has e-bike charging stations) over a dirt road, we arrived on foot after a long day of tough descents and ascents.
This rifugio was bustling at lunch with tired and not-so-tired cyclists. We opted to sit outside since it was such a beautiful mid-July day, and the servers were kind enough to pull together tables for the 7 of us and rearrange their umbrellas. Their menu is similar to all the other rifugios in the area, but once we got our food, I’d say they had some of the BEST.
My dumplings-in-broth was more than enough - the two dumplings were the size of softballs. They were seasoned appropriately and dotted throughout with speck (the smoked prosciutto) and served with a large piece of bread. Hubs tried a rich venison ragout generously poured over an amazing green tagliolini. Of course, I had to try dessert in the form of the semifreddo. Bits of dark chocolate were sprinkled throughout the beautifully-presented ice cream, and a delicious chocolate sauce was drizzled on top of it. On the same plate was a sugar cookie, a delicately-sliced strawberry, and a few fresh peach slices. Hubs made the mistake of trying the Kaiserschmarren for dessert – it was superb, but it was the size of an entrée served with large bowl of berry sauce and he regretfully could eat only a quarter of it.
We didn’t stay here overnight as we had reservations at nearby Fanes, but it is immediately surrounded by towering layers of limestone rock, lush grass, and even surface water in areas. Wildflowers grew all over. Upon leaving, we had to navigate past cows as well as deep holes in the limestone. Interestingly enough, I saw water plants growing in the damp, shadowy holes.
One of my favorite lunches on this trip!
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