Category Archives: Travel

Gnocchi di Ricotta

Probably the most ubiquitous form of pasta we find on our cycling and ski adventures in Northern Italy is gnocchi. Is gnocchi pasta? Well, it is likely the predecessor of pasta – originally dumplings formed from flour and water, poached … Continue reading

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Tagliatelle di Grano Arso con Spinaci, Gambero e Mille Fagioli

Recently, we led a private group on a gourmet Dolomites ski holiday, spending a fantastic week skiing and dining in lovely Cortina. While visiting the slopes at Alta Badia,  we came across a local recipe book featuring recipes from the … Continue reading

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A Midwinter Night’s Dream – Dining at Rifugio Averau, Cortina

A highlight of our last Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine Dolomites ski adventure was a rare chance to visit Rifugio Averau at night. Open for dinner only once a month, a visit to this rifugio, reputed to be “one of the … Continue reading

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Sformatino di Ricotta con Tartufo Nero

One of Italy’s most renowned culinary indulgences is the truffle. Found throughout northern and central Italy, we enjoy them on many destinations on our Italiaoutdoors cycling tours, from the Veneto and Piedmonte to Umbria and Tuscany. Hidden away in forests, … Continue reading

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Orecchiette con Salsiccia, Cavoli Rapa e Pignoli – and 4 Easy Tips for a Great Pasta Dish

As a ski instructor, a busy winter vacation week doesn’t leave much time or energy for elaborate dinners. So this past week, dinners were quick and easy. Luckily, Italy serves up many deliciously simple pasta recipes which can be prepared … Continue reading

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