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It might be the smallest region in Italy but its gastronomic merits are recognised not only throughout the country but also beyond its mountainous Alps.
Valle d'Aosta, in northern Italy, is a top tourist destination in both summer and winter, with its landscapes, ski slopes, exclusive holiday resorts, luxury accommodation and typical local dishes.
And fortunately, among the classic products of the Aosta Valley, seafood restaurants on the slopes and high-street food, there's also space for haute cuisine in this autonomous region.
In fact, in such a relatively small area, there are three addresses that each boast a Michelin star - Vecchio Ristoro in Aosta, Le Petit Restaurant (inside the Bellevue Hotel & Spa) in Cogne and La Clusaz in Gignod.
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In Aosta, Alfio Fascendini and his wife Katia welcome customers to their small temple of taste. Alfio masterly guides the kitchen at the Vecchio Ristoro - where he interprets the gastronomic culture of Valle d'Aosta and Valtellina, his homeland, with a contemporary spin- while Katia is always available to give specialised wine advice. A guaranteed destination for lovers of haute cuisine located in the regional capital.
What: Vecchio Ristoro da Alfio e Katia
Where: via Tourneuve 4 - Aosta
Le Petit Restaurant
Inside the luxurious Bellevue Hotel & Spa in Cogne, the intimate Le Petit Restaurant, consisting of just four tables, offers a menu fusing mountain tradition with the main elements of the Mediterranean diet. Here chef Fabio Iacovone leads his brigade in continuous research and experimentation without ever forgetting tradition and uses of the highest quality ingredients. An experience that's worth trying even if you're not a hotel guest.
What: Le Petit Restaurant
Where: Bellevue Hotel&Spa, rue Grand Paradis - Cogne (AO)
In the scenic Valle del Gran San Bernardo, more precisely in the municipal territory of Gignod, just head up the highway that leads from Aosta to the pass to discover the complex of characteristic buildings that make up La Clusaz. It's also possible to stay here, but the restaurant is the real draw: in the two dining rooms, formerly frequented by travelers, under the large stone vaults, you can opt for one of two menus, one traditional and one seasonal, which allows classic cuisine to combine with pure experimentation. To welcome you are owners Maurizio Grange and Sevi Math, always ready to give advice not only on the gastronomic experience but also on excursions and activities offered in the area.
What: La Clusaz
Where: SS 27 per il Gran San Bernardo (km 12,5, Frazione La Clusaz) - Gignod (AO)