Since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated by castles. I used to imagine elegant ladies dressed in their big gold encrusted gowns elegantly dining in glorious rooms.
This dream never really went away. As I grew up I was still fascinated/obsessed by castles. I visited several in the UK, these places have a mystery in them, there is an air of grand and elegance that takes you back to the olden days.
So when I was taken to a fortress on lake Garda for dinner I could not stop screaming: “OMG a castle! A castle! I am going to dine in a castle!!”
I was firmly told: ” Sorry this is a fortress not a castle”. I said: “Castle or fortress this is just so beautiful!”
Call it whatever you like but this ristorante called Al Forte Alto situated on Nago on lake Garda is just so fascinating. The fortress was first built in 1861 as a military defence and after being recently restored it is in excellent condition.
As we made our way there it was raining but that made the atmosphere inside even more magical.
As I walked in there were interesting things to look at on the walls some old books as well.
The bare walls typical of fortresses and castles radiated a sense of peace, style and elegance at the same time. I was actually so excited to be there! I could not stop photographing the place.
As dusk was approaching the candles on the tables were lit. It looked so romantic!
From the windows you could see in the distance lake Garda.
We were greeted with a flute of Trento Doc local sparkling wine.
Our starter was fried zucchini flowers with a froth of sardines from the lake, parsley and local olive oil. This was served with Altemasi Rose’ wine. Delicious.
Very much in tune with the place the next starter was served in a mess tin/billy can (how cool!). It was ham with slow cooked apples on a cream of broccoli from Torbole with apple vinegar from Val di Non.
This was followed by cannelloni filled with lake fish and cherry tomatoes with black olives and lemon zest.
White asparagus soup with shortcrust pastry parcels filled with lard and potatoes with crunchy sunflower seeds.
A sorbetto with bergamot, ginger and vodka helped cleanse the palate.
Beef roulade with asparagus and potato gratin served with Marzemino Grigoletti wine was our last course. I enjoyed it very much.
The dessert was a large plate full of several types of cakes: from apple cake, to millefeuille, fruit cake, chocolate salami and fresh fruit. It was perfect with a sweet Moscato Madonna delle Vittorie wine.
What a great evening. Great place, great food and great company too!
But hey, most importantly who was behind of all these great dishes?
Let me introduce you to Chef Marcello Franceschi a brilliant chef indeed! Thank you Marcello for the great evening!
Ristorante Al Forte Alto
Via Castel Penede 26 -38060 Nago (TN)