The Food and Wine of Alto Adige

After a fantastic trip to Northern Italy, GDP has some great recipes to share


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No matter what you call it, this apple cake dessert is served all over Alto Adige and northern Trentino. The recipe calls for tart cooking apples like Granny Smith, but if you can get your hands on some Renetta Canada or Orange Pippin apples, that’s the way to go here.

I prefer to serve this dish warm and perhaps a touch less sweet than the recipe calls for, but either way it’s a great dessert to pair with dessert wines. The apples add a splash of acidity to the dish, and this is overall less sweet than a typical dessert.

I love the idea of adding some cherry preserves as an accent to this dish, but Moscato Rosa, the Alto Adige’s insanely delicious rosé dessert wine, might be even better. I’m not huge on sweet wine, but if I must drink a dessert wine, Moscato Rosa, with its wonderful perfumes, is at the top of my list!

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Photo courtesy of Lucy Schaeffer


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  • Snooth User: tlowme
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    This is some wonderful comfort food!!! I'm wondering why the author refers to the Valtellina as being Austrian influenced. It is actually neighboring Switzerland. One of the best dishes to come out of the Valtellina is a dish whereby steaming hot rice is directly poured on top of a round of Reggiano and scraped until the melting cheese is incorporated into the rice, at which time speck and raisinated grapes are added to the mix. I'm not sure what it is called. I just call it sublime!!!! Especially with a bottle of Valtellina Superiore 2003 Prestigio!!

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I don't believe I mentioned the Valtellina.

    Sep 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

  • Snooth User: tlowme
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    Sorry for the confusion. I was referring to the author of the 'Want to Learn More' page, Eric Guido. Specifically I was referring to the statement, "The foods of the Valtellina are more recognizable as Austrian". If I am misunderstanding his statement, I would love to learn more about that. Thanks!

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

  • Hi everybody!

    My name is Gianni Pasolini, I'm a professional sommelier and wine blogger in Trentino Alto Adige.

    Nice work about my region!

    If you are looking for a wine journalist that describe local wines, that send you weekly information and other things about wine-event, contact me!


    Sep 29, 2012 at 3:46 AM

  • Leek Risotto - gotta try that recipe!

    Oct 04, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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