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“The pearl of the Val di Non” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Locanda Alpina

Locanda Alpina
Piazza Municipio 23, 38021 Brez, Italy
0463 874396
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Brez
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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94 restaurant reviews
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“The pearl of the Val di Non”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A lovely fine dining restaurant, this establishment will not disappoint you. Family run, with wife Silvana at the stove and husband Danilo in the dining room, it was as great a discovery as it was accidental - and must thank Tripadvisor for that.
The dining room is bright and cosy, wood panelling all around and a beautiful old school map of the region adorning one of the walls.
But you come here for the food, and it is great. I've been three or four times already, and quality is consistely good. The menu has something to offer to everyone, from fresh salads (the tripe one with Tropea onions and pomodorini was terrific), to more hearty pasta dishes, to stunning mains: I can't decide if I liked better the amazing pork belly, or a delicious lamb, or a properly done roe deer saddle with wild mushrooms.
Chef Silvana has a light hand that delivers powerful flavours with refinement, and Maitre d Danilo pampers you at the beautifully laid table - do study the wine list carefully, as prices are sweet (I'd recommend splurging on a San Leonardo).
Don't miss it!

Visited July 2014
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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302 restaurant reviews
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395 helpful votes 395 helpful votes
“A discovery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Husband in the front of house, wife (helped by progeny...) in the kitchen, a lovely room where every detail has been thought of; and, above all, really nice food: all this made for a wonderful meal at this elegant Locanda.

Form the nibbles and amuse bouches you realise that you are in for a treat: the flavoured butters, the bunch of sliced crisp potatoes with speck, the home made breads...lovely. Then a first course of 'potato creme brulee' (never tried before, but it works!) with flavoursome morels and sweetbreads arrives and takes you by storm...as does the other primo of canederlotti with Puzzone di Moena (Trentino cheese).

Maybe the best dish of the day was a pork belly, which was aromatic and cooked very well (I won't spoil the secret by telling how it is cooked...). The other main also featured a perfectly cooked lamb (from New Zealand): this was a good lamb though not a spectacular one - I think one can find even better in some Italian valleys...

Desserts were a no frill strudel, made as it should be with 'pasta matta' (no puff pastry) and no pine nuts or sultanas, and an excellent parfait (great texture) with Bronte pistachio.

The cuisine here is accomplished, for me the only drawback being a slight tendency to excessive saltiness, but that's a personal taste. The value for money is great, and the wine prices are just fantastic. In the front of house, Danilo Segna is very friendly and he is himself is a real food lover, so you can be sure he will understand your needs...and in the kitchen Signora Segna is a self-taught chef of talent, who on this occasion produced what was essentially a Michelin star level meal. I am very happy about this discovery and can't wait to go back.

Visited May 2014
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“Surprisingly advanced and contemporary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Brez is actually a village consisting of 5 hamlets (fraziones). We were staying in Traversara and luckily for us, this restaurant, which is part of the only hotel there, was open. The daughter of our host said the locals don’t like it that much, as for Italian rural standards it’s quite expensive and upmarket. When we arrived, it did seem rather chic (host in full suit, fancy table with liquor). On the upside, the service was perfect, the host warm, friendly and welcoming. We felt he was genuinely pleased with our appreciation for the menu focusing on local produce. The prices were in fact almost urban prices and it was worth it! I had a suckling pig (Maialino) which was sumptuous, my husband had deer with polenta. The dishes are served in a progressive, advanced contemporary style. The interior was friendly and local. Local products are very much part of their style: local wines (also in half bottles, which is very handy if you’re not up for a full bottle), local meat and cheese. They had freshly made bread with herb butter, amuses of a zucchini flower deep fried in butter, and with my coffee (not having ordered a dessert) I got a platter with little chocolates that clearly were made by the chef. It is customary to charge a coperto (table charge) in Italy. For a coperto charge of 2 euros per person, and a total bill of 57,00 euros. I think this is a great deal! We also noticed both hotel guests as well as locals dressed up for a (romantic or with friends) night out, so atmosphere wise, it was perfect. We would have definitely come back if it was not for the fact that we spent most of our time there either hiking or cooking local food ourselves. We noticed the hotel bar was a local hotspot too. In short, I do recommend it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

We found this restaurant through TripAdvisor and enjoyed a very creative and tasty dinner. The 4 amuse bouches were delightful. Prizewise you can expect entries around 10€, main courses around 20€. This place is definitely a recommendation.

Visited July 2013
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“Tiny town with a world class restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We stayed in Brez for a week motorbike riding, one evening we walked down to the local restaurant. The food and service far exceeded any of our expectations. There were 7 of us so between us all we pretty much tried all the dishes and they were better than excellent! The waiter (maybe owner) was patient with us (we spoke no Italian) and spent quite a lot of time explaining the dishes to us, when they arrived they were not always what we thought we were getting, they were better! His service would have not been unsuited to a top restaurant in Paris, white glove and all! If you are anywhere near, or not near I would highly recommend you go. We tried two more times but Thursday night it closed and the following night they had a function so we did not get to enjoy it again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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