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Valle D'Aosta Food

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Delicious local Italian typical products from the region of Valle d'Aosta. Where to go, what to look out for and when to find them in season. Start with the article below.

  • Toma cheese

    Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
    Toma is a type of cow's milk cheese produced throughout the Alpine arc of northern Italy, especially in the regions of Valle d'Aosta and Piemonte. Interestingly, it tends to crop up in those areas where the classic mountain 'fontina' has less of a presence. In Valle d'Aosta it was used mainly as a substitute for meat, which tended to be scarce in the hills, and is still wonderful when cooked with polenta or soup. In Piemonte there are more than 20 types of Toma (one is pictured above) with the DOP mark awarded to those produced in the provinces in and around…
    Last modified on 02 August 2012

Mountain Herbs

Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
For centuries the well watered grasses and pastures of Valle D'Aosta have provided the inhabitants with local herbs used both for cooking as well as to improve general health. The first documented evidence of the importance of herbs for medicinal purposes dates back to the 5th Century BC. In the first century AD, Pliny recorded how herbs were used to add aroma to food dishes as well as liqueurs. The climate in most of the Valley is semi-continental, which means intense winter cold and high summer temperatures leading to the cultivation of certain types of herb. The Centro Agricolo of…
Last modified on 20 November 2011

Highest vineyards in Europe

Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
Some of the highest cultivated vineyards in Europe are situated at 1200 meters above sea level in a small area of the region called Valdigne, near Mont Blanc.  The wine is produced exclusively with the 'Blanc de Morgex'. The origins are lost but more than likely developed from an indigenous strain suited to the difficult climate.
Last modified on 22 January 2011

Valle D'Aosta Wines

Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
The first documented evidence of wine in the area dates back to 1032 and the frescoes of some of the medieval castles and churches. Wine was essentially a 'pick me up' designed to make the hard life of the people a little more palatable, at least for a while. As in other areas of Italy, the priests and nobility had control of the vineyards and soon began to commercialise the cultivation towards other parts of the valley and beyond, notably the 'Vallese' and 'Tarentaise'. Even at 3000 meters the mountain passes were used to transport the casks. Of all the…
Last modified on 03 January 2011

French Sounding Cheeses

Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
I found your web site while searching for a cheese I had while staying in Lake Como last summer. Could you please tell me how I might be able to purchase some Saint Benoit Brie 60% Cheese? It doesn't appear that any United States stores I have shopped in carry it. Our reader's question needs investigation. We believe the Brie cheese was simply imported from France rather than being a local version, but regions such as Valle d'Aosta and Piemonte with foreign borders have always been influenced by culinary ideas from outside. A quick glance at a list of the…
Last modified on 03 December 2010

Gastronomy of Gran Paradiso

Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
To celebrate the year 2000, the territorial tourism office produced a small booklet called 'L'Assiette Grand Paradis - Tourisme & Gastronomie'. It was a guide to the best restaurants in the valley who offer typical dishes and local wines an each drew up a menu for every season of the year. In summer, you will have the opportunity to sample such mouth-watering 'piatti' as: - nut and ham crepes - cinnamon ice cream topped with grappa and served with a glass of Muscat de Chambave DOC - trout from Lake Morgex with mountain garden vegetables followed by a fruit mousse…
Last modified on 03 December 2010

Gastronomy of Val Tournenche

Published in Valle D'Aosta Food
We have taken this small food reference from the booklet 'Dal Cervino alla Scoperta di Una Valle' by the Comunità Montana Monte Cervino.
Last modified on 03 December 2010