Dining Local in the Mountains of Italy
The zero-kilometer movement arrives in Italy's Dolomites with micro restaurant AGA
Good Taste Award Winner 2015: Dolomites, The Next Big Little Thing
You would be forgiven for being unable to find the little, unassuming Italian village of San Vito di Cadore on a map, but AGA (Via Trieste 6), a new restaurant from husband-and-wife team Oliver Piras and Alessandra Del Favero, is about to change that. Located in the Dolomites, next to the couple’s larger, less formal trattoria, AGA is small—that would be only-four-tables small—and is the epitome of the zero-kilometer movement that’s all the rage. All veggies are grown on the couple’s farm, game is shot in the fields nearby, and herbs and salads are sourced from the woods above the restaurant. Yes, Piras worked at René Redzepi’s Noma before bringing his mentor’s emphasis on foraging alpine-side, but folks in this region have been gathering wild food since long before it was trendy. Don’t miss a taste of “Old Man’s Beard,” a salad of greens and herbs picked from mountain slopes—it’s enough alone to make the trip.