Torbole is a town very near Riva del Garda and it is very popular for sports particularly windsurfing, sailing, mountain bike excursions, easy walks and trekking. I went there on an escursion by ferryboat.
Torbole used to be a little fishing and boating village and has a very picturesque tiny harbour. Goethe who stopped there in 1786, described it as one of the wonders of nature with breathtaking sights which prompted many painters and poets to visit this place.
I enjoyed taking a stroll in this beautiful little town.
I visited a little shop in the centre whose owner, a smiley happy-go-lucky lady called Milva Moresi welcomed me with lots of cheese, olives and local olive oil to try. She specializes in selling local produce including delicious balsamic vinegar and wine. A cute little place to stop to find nice edible gifts to take home.
Later I stopped for lunch at Aqua, an elegant restaurant on the harbour which had a fab view of the lake.
A refreshing Aperol Spritz was the best thing ever on a hot summer day!
This fine restaurant specialises in fish including fresh fish from the lake too so I was really keen to try some local dishes. I could eat fish everyday as I love it so much!
My favourite dishes were bronze die kamut pasta with crab and ravioli with local truffle.
Chef Fabio was the one behind all these delicacies.
Later on I caught the boat back to Riva and I went for coffee at Omkafe a family artisan company who imports and roasts coffee beans. Their coffee museum was really interesting.I enjoyed looking at all those vintage coffee makers and grinders.
This was followed by a visit to Agraria which since 1926 is the local co-operative which sells local wine and olive oil. Every year they process 3 million Kg of grapes and 800.000 Kg of olives. In total there are 300 local farmers who bring their grapes to the co-operative to make wine and grappa and about 100 farmers who bring their olives to make olive oil.
Some of the wines produced here are: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Nosiola, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marzemino and Lagrein.
I visited their cellar which was built in 2007 and it is situated 40 meters underground. I saw the barrels where the wine is aged in oak and acacia to give it that particular woody flavour.
During my stay I visited a couple more restaurants which I feel deserve a mention. The restaurant Antica Croce in the town of Tenno is a classic Italian trattoria and it is run by Luciana and Daniele. Here you can eat affordable delicious dishes typical of the area like carne salada which in fact originates from the town of Tenno, in southern Trentino.
In Tenno there is a medieval hamlet where every year you can enjoy Rustico Medioevo, a sort of medieval reenactment where you can eat some local traditional food too.
In this restaurant I tried carne salada which is lean meat sprinkled with a mixture of salt and herbs and arranged in a container to marinate for a few weeks. This meat can be raw or cooked. I prefer the raw one which is just like a carpaccio, really really delicious!
I also tried some local wild trout and other fish from the lake. It was so good because the fish was wild and it was full of flavour.
Villetta Annessa is another restaurant which is right in the centre of Riva del Garda. This is a refined and elegant place where you can dine al fresco; there is a barbecue as well. I love the orange and lemon trees on the terrace which made it look so Mediterranean.
I had fresh tomato puree with zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, homemade egg ravioli with polenta cheese and mushrooms. A first course is about 12 Euros and a second course varies from 22 to 24 Euros.
I particularly loved their fresh tagliatelle with datterini tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella with eggplant.
The dessert was one of my favourite ever desserts on earth: millefeuille with fresh creme patissiere. To die for!!