Cervinia is awash with great restaurants and there are more than 50 restaurants available to suit all tastes and budgets.
Nestled in the centre of town is long-time favourite and cheap-ish Copa Pan. The menu includes steak and chips, pizza, homemade pasta, and fondue. Upstairs is a lively bar with live music. Expect a younger crowd,
Award-winning La Chandelle in Hotel Hermitage is renowned for its creative and international menu. Food is served in a fashionable dining room with wonderful views of the surrounding pine forest. The wine list is highly recommended – ask your waiter to suggest a bottle to compliment your food.
Auberge is famous for its excellent, seasonal food. It’s so good you’ll want to make repeated visits. Specialities include polenta, trout smoked with Valle d’Aosta larch wood, braised meat dishes, and warm chocolate fondant. Chef Damiano Ceva believes in a short supply chain, with ingredients selected from local produce made by small-scale farmers.
On the mountain
On the way down from Cervinia’s longest run, head to Willy’s Bar. It’s a great spot for lunch, popular with visitors and locals.
A little off piste near the start of run no. 9 in Valtournenche is Lo Baracon dou Tene a friendly mountain restaurant with great pasta and reasonable prices. Grab a pew on the south-facing terrace - it has stunning views.
Also very good, and with a loyal following, is the historic Chalet Etoille. Located at the bottom of the Cervino, having first opened in 1974, the restaurant is a family-run affair. Cesare Frassy and his wife, chef Ulla Frassy, have created a sophisticated and delectable menu with offerings like reindeer tempura and Norwegian crab dumplings. Our reporters felt compelled to visit twice.
Meanwhile, on the main slopes, Bontadini has a reputation for excellent service and fresh delicious food. People queue patiently for the self-service counter to open and we can see why when the restaurant has a wide range of satisfying dishes. Popular items include the risotto, the osso bucco and melt in your mouth pasta.
Cervinia’s apres ski while lively, doesn’t have the same pull as nearby Zermatt’s. This changes at the weekend when locals from Turin and Milan arrive. If you’re willing to drive, there are livelier spots further afield with one such option being the world famous casino at St Vincent.