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“Deserved their lunch along AV1”

Ristorante del Rifugio Lavarella
Ranked #8 of 31 Restaurants in San Vigilio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: German
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 18 November 2016

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!

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is a magical place! The scenery is breath taking. The atmosphere is relaxed and calming. The food is out of this world! The hiking is not for the faint of heart.

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank hanneman7
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

When you climb/hike to the 2100 m high nature reserve plateau Fanes you have the choice of to Rifugio’s. In winter you can also use their snow cat service to get there and back or even use a sleigh to fasten your downhill hike.
The food and the scenery at the Lavarella Rifugio is the real reward if you have hiked the 2 and a half hours to get here. Stay here overnight if you want peace, tranquillity and a star-studded sky after a wonderful meal in a friendly family atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed 24 September 2015

This was a lovely pleasant rifugio and I would consider going back to stay for a few days. Another rifugio nearby is the usual stop at stage 2 of the alta via but a little research led us here and I think we chose well. The staff were very welcoming and you felt the family atmosphere. The food was very impressive. We couldn't believe the standard of food generally so high up in the mountains. Seeing marmots from the terrace was a bonus.

Date of visit: September 2015
3  Thank carbar2015
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

Lavarella is located in the same valley as Rifugio Fanes, the often recommended stop for the second night of the Alta Via 1 trail. We hiked here from Rifugio Sennes, our first stop on the Alta Via 1. It was a shorter hike than others on this route and we reached the rifugio easily by 13:30 or 14:00, leaving Sennes at 8:30 that morning and making stops along the way.

This was our favorite overnight stop on our multi-day trek! Lavarella is located in a beautiful, peaceful valley with grassy meadows and some small lakes/ponds. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, rooms and facilities were very clean, showers were warm, and the food was the best we had in the Dolomites (dinner and breakfast were amazing, they have a homely style but really pay attention to detail!).

A side note about the surrounding rifugios and hikes: We found the hike from Rifugio Pederu the least scenic path on our trek, and would recommend doing more than just this leg of the journey and back. We hiked from Sennes to Lavarella to Lagazuoi, and had excellent scenery and paths for most of the trip. If you were to hike from Pederu and then go back there you would miss some of the most amazing views...just a thought.

I highly recommend Lavarella as an overnight stop and hope to stay here again, possibly to base ourselves here for a few days and do day hikes. Lovely, memorable rifugio!!

Date of visit: July 2015
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4  Thank rebecca a
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