10 Things to eat in Bolzano and where

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Bolzano is an autonomous province in the north of Trentino Alto Adige, in Südtirol. German is the language used daily by the majority of the population.
You will realize this as soon as you set foot in Südtirol: bilingual road signs, menus with dishes in German, people on the street who always speak to each other in German.

Obviously, this land reflects its uniqueness and its tradition also in the kitchen. Altoaltesina gastronomy is rich and tasty, with exceptional local products. You can taste particular first and second courses, which will make you love this food and wine reality.
Do you already have your mouth watering? Then let's find out together 10 things to eat in Bolzano and where!


  1. Speck Alto Adige
  2. dumplings
  3. Spinach Spatzle
  4. Schlutzkrapfen
  5. Smoked shank with sauerkraut and potatoes
  6. Roe deer with blueberries
  7. Tyrolean goulash with polenta
  8. Donuts
  9. Strauben
  10. Strudel
  11. Where to eat in Bolzano: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Speck Alto Adige

This is one of the best products in the area, known throughout Italy and also exported abroad. Moreover, it is a product that has obtained the IGP recognition from the European Union, or Protected Geographical Indication.

It is produced from boned leg of pork, lightly salted and flavored and finally smoked. The smoking is the flavor that distinguishes it.

You can eat always and at any time: in a savory breakfast, in a sandwich for a snack or at the end of a hike in the mountains, served on a platter with local cheeses and other cold cuts as an appetizer or during an aperitif. Absolutely to try inside the Schuttelbrot, the rye bread typical of Altoaltese cuisine.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: sliced ​​€ 15,00 per kg / sandwich from € 3,00 / mixed platters from € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: salted, flavored and smoked leg of pork

2 - Dumplings

They are also called Knödel. One of the most famous traditional dishes of the Altoaltese cuisine, it is large bread dumplings (a dish has a maximum of three) made with stale white bread, eggs, speck and onion. Each family has their own recipe and their own secret to make them compact at the right point, so that they are not too soft, but not too hard.

They can be served in several ways, both as a soup, as a first course or single course. The most traditional method is to serve them in broth. Otherwise they are served as a first course with a little melted butter and smoked ricotta or with tomato sauce. In some cases, you can also find them as a single dish together with goulash or other meat.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: stale white bread, eggs, speck, onion

3 - Spinach Spatzle

It is a very good first course where the spatzle or small Tyrolean dumplings, made with flour, eggs, water and, in this version, spinach is added to the dough, they are seasoned with speck and cream (as you can see, also in this case the speck is not lacking!).

If you have never tried them, there is no better time and place to do it! There are several versions, but these greens with cream and speck have an edge. You can find them otherwise classic, made only of flour, eggs and water and, once seared, sautéed in a pan with a little butter before serving.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: spinach, flour, eggs, water, cream, speck

4 - Schlutzkrapfen

In Italian we can call them mezzelune and they are also known as Tyrolean ravioli.
It is Crescent-shaped ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta. They are traditional from Val Pusteria but are now widespread and present throughout Südtirol.

The half-moon pasta, strictly handmade, has a peculiarity: it combines two different flours, the classic 00 flour and rye flour. For the filling, spinach, fresh ricotta, a little butter, half a clove of garlic and a little grated cheese are used. Once cooked, they are served with plenty of melted butter and grated cheese.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: rye flour, 00 flour, ricotta, spinach

5 - Smoked shank with sauerkraut and potatoes

In the main courses the great protagonist is meat. In particular, this dish is very rich and substantial, perfect for a dinner during the winter, where the temperatures in these areas drop significantly, or for a Sunday lunch with the family.

The pork shank is that part that is located between the thigh and the foot of the animal and is rich in flavors, which it is smoked to enhance its taste even more. In all restaurants you will find it accompanied by sauerkraut and potatoes, a winning couple. A must try!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 17,00
  • Main ingredients: pork knuckle, sauerkraut, potatoes

6 - Roe deer with blueberries

Finding ourselves in a mountain region, several traditional recipes include game. For example, some first courses have pasta with venison or venison ragout, while among the main courses you will find venison. Roe deer is widespread throughout Trentino, and the meat is accompanied by a lingonberry jam.

In restaurants you can find this dish accompanied by side dishes such as potatoes or various vegetables, but in some cases you will find the main dish with also the dumplings, excellent with blueberries.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 17,00
  • Main ingredients: venison, blueberries, onion, flour, oil, red wine

7 - Tyrolean goulash with polenta

Like the shank, this is a typical dish to combat the area's harsh winter. Dish of Hungarian origin, it has spread throughout the Triveneto, Including South Tyrol. Each area has then customized it according to its own ingredients and traditions.

Goulash is served with polenta, and not with potatoes like the traditional Hungarian. Also try the version with dumplings. Without a doubt a rich and tasty recipe!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, onions, paprika, garlic, extra virgin olive oil

8 - Krapfen

They are amazing sweets, Tyrolean par excellence.
They are always eaten: at breakfast to start the day in the best way, as a snack, at the end of a meal. It is always the right time for a donut.

But what exactly is it about? They are gods loaves of leavened dough first fried and then stuffed. The fillings are different, although in this area the ones that go the most are the apricot and blueberry fillings. But they can also be found with cream, chocolate or Nutella. They are a typical dessert of the carnival, but now they are easily found all year round.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, yeast, eggs, sugar, jam

9 - Strauben

It is a typical dessert, also called Fortaie in Italian. It is about snail-shaped pancakes and they are a mixture made from flour, eggs, milk, sugar and butter and a glass of grappa to flavor them. The name of the dessert derives from the German word Straub, which means tortuous, to remember the shape of the pancake.

Once fried, they come sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with cranberry jam, practically inevitable. If you don't want jam, you can also ask for them with cream or cooked fruit.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, sugar and butter, a glass of grappa

10 - Strudel

Very famous dessert, if you've never tasted it, don't wait any longer, it's a real goodness! Obviously, depending on the area there are small variations in the original recipe, but the filling will always have apples, raisins and cinnamon.

It is therefore a roll of thin dough rolled up on itself, with inside a filling rich in flavors, based on apples (according to the traditional recipe, rennets are used), raisins, toasted pine nuts, cinnamon, rum and sugar.
Perfect accompanied by a glass of mulled wine.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, water, apples, raisins, toasted pine nuts, cinnamon, rum, sugar

Where to eat in Bolzano: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The typical Altoaltesina cuisine is a real delight and in Bolzano there is certainly no shortage of places to enjoy it at its best. From breweries to restaurants, from taverns to places where you can enjoy an excellent aperitif with cutting boards, and even a starred restaurant! In Bolzano there is a solution for all tastes and budgets!

Let's see which are the best restaurants to eat at:

1 - FranziskanerStuben

  • Description: located in the historic center of Bolzano near Piazza delle Erbe, it is a characteristic and welcoming restaurant; offers traditional Altoaltesina dishes accompanied by a selection of high quality wines
  • specialty: Frate Forzuto appetizer (carpaccio of deer) and Plate of Frate Forzuto (Tyrolean roast)
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via dei Francescani, 7 - Get directions / tel: 0471 976183

2 - Paulaner Stuben

  • Description: located in the historic center of Bolzano near Piazza delle Erbe, it is a restaurant, pizzeria and brewery in one of the oldest buildings in the city; offers traditional Tyrolean dishes and excellent beers
  • specialty: trio of candlesticks and Paulaner grill
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via Argentieri, 16 - Get directions / tel: 0471 980407

3 - Batzenbräu

  • Description: located in the historic center of Bolzano not far from the Franciscan Convent, a brewery with wooden furnishings and a building dating back to the 400th century; offers traditional Altoaltesina dishes
  • specialty: Bauerngröstl and the artist's pan
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via Andreas Hofer, 30 - Get directions / tel: 0471 050950

4 - Lintner pastry shop

  • Description: located in the historic center of Bolzano, near the university, this pastry shop is one of the best in the city; offers both traditional Tyrolean sweets and more national and international sweets
  • specialty: donuts and strudel
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: via Leonardo Da Vinci, 8 - Get directions / tel: 0471 973052

5 - St. Hubertus

  • Description: outside Bolzano, in the town of San Cassiano, a 3-star Michelin restaurant where you can enjoy a real food and wine experience; signature dishes made with only seasonal products
  • specialty: whitefish tartare and beetroot gnocchi
  • Average price: from € 150,00 per person
  • Address: Strada Micurà de Rü, 20 - Get directions / tel: 0471 849500

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