Start your discovery of Triveneto or Friuli Venezia Giulia in the wine zone of Collio before taking in Gorizia, Cormons, Aquileia, Grado, Carnia and Trieste.
The following menu was prepared by one of the top 20 restaurants in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The menu is subtitled 'La Cucina delle Diverse Culture' and reflects the age old Slovenian, Austrian and even Croatian influence of the regional gastronomy of the province of Gorizia.
'Flavours of Middle Europe' is our translation of the name of an event which takes place at the end of September every year in Gorizia .
To give it its full title, the 'Gusti di frontiera'. Le frontiere del gusto' is a celebration of the exchange of culinary influences between the neighbouring territories of Austria, Slovenia, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Balkans.
80 typical products from the Carnia territory are celebrated every year at the Premio Carnia Alpe Verde at Tolmezzo normally held in the first week of October.
The long list includes: Prosciutto di Sauris, formadi frant ricotta affumicata, formaggio salato, formaggelle di malga, cotechini, salami, sciroppo di olivello, miele di millefiori and the locally pronounced savòrs or aromatic herb.
Ruralia is an annual event held in the first week of October whose aim is to celebrate, but also protect, the uniqueness of DOP and IGP food products. Ruralia also combines with an exhibition of native grape strains in Italy called “Vinum Loci”.
Here's an interesting idea proposed by the Antica Trattoria Schönburg at Malborghetto in the province of Udine. Their menu still contains the exact meal served to the captain who defended the town during the French siege in the Napoleonic Wars.
The coastal areas of the province of Udine produce some fine heady DOC wines which must be sampled. The wine growing zone is known as Friuli Latisana and roughly borders Veneto and the River Tagliamento to the west while the waters of the Marano lagoon, including Lignano, lap its eastern shores.
A number of readers have asked for more information about the traditional frascas or frasche. We have found it difficult to locate a definitive source for these local variants of the trattoria, but we thank the Comune of Gorizia for letting us know about the following initiative.