A shop keeper in the village told us this was the best among many good places to eat in Cogne. Well, he was right and I have to say, this is one my favorite restaurants in all Italy. The pasta I had with a creamy, cheesy sauce (I'd guess fontina cheese), could be the best plate of the national dish I've ever eaten. Wow!
Everything including the wine was first rate, and in a region known for meat and cheese dishes, my vegetarian wife was in heaven--there were plenty of choices for her as well. The servers were careful to explain the courses in their efficient presentations. I had the mixed antipasto consisting of local cheese and meat and every item on the plate was identified for me.
The credit for all this must go to the chef who indulgently spent time at our table as we lavished praise on him. Marco Stefanelli is a charming and humble man who is enormously talented at combining traditional recipes along with infusing his own creativity into newer preparations. He grew up here but I have no doubt he's had classical training.
Finally, the restaurant is small and intimate with lovely views, a huge hearth in the center of the room and, of course like all Cogne, decorated in an alpine motif. An absolute must if you're in the Gran Paradiso.
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