Torbole sul Garda and fine dining

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.

trip to torbole

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.

Torbole sul Garda

Torbole sul Garda

I enjoyed taking a stroll in this beautiful little town.

houses in Torbole

houses in Torbole

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.

Milva Moresi

Later I stopped for lunch at Aqua, an elegant restaurant on the harbour which had a fab view of the lake.

Aqua-ristorante in Torbole

A refreshing Aperol Spritz was the best thing ever on a hot summer day!

Aperitivo Aperol Spritz

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.

Aqua restaurant meal

Chef Fabio was the one behind all these delicacies.

Chef Fabio at Acqua

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.

coffee museum

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.

Agraria wine

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.

wine wood barrols wine wood barrols

Wine at Agraria

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.

Bar Alla Croce

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.

Tenno medieval hamlet

medieval village street

tower in Tenno

medieval village of Tenno

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.

Antica Croce meal

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.

dining in the garden

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!!


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11 Responses to Torbole sul Garda and fine dining

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Your photos are beautiful, and you are making me even more gutted that I wasn’t able to go on this trip. I will definitely have to head on a trip here soon.

    • Alida

      Thanks Dannii

  2. elisabetta

    Lovely post Alida. Great food in great settings, awesome.

    • Alida

      Grazie cara!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    I am a little behind…but as soon as I see your posts I am transported to Italy. Such a beautiful town Torbole sul Garda. Your photos extrude the feel of the area. Very colorful and the mountains…like you have two worlds. Your lunch at Agua looks like heaven..(that means water I think?) Perfect as it is on the water. Your drink looks awesome too. The food looks yummy for sure. Like that coffee shop called Omkafe…looked like a lovely place to reminisce on the days activities. The coffee museum must be so interesting. Agraria looks like another interesting business too. The different foods must have been tasty and delightful. Lemon and orange trees do enhance the area to look more Mediterranean. So happy that you had a wonderful time…Thanks for always sharing your adventures. Ciao!
    Hugs Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      I am glad you enjoyed it Dottie. Have a good weekend!

  4. Alison

    What a beautiful place. It looks like you had an amazing time.

    • Alida

      Thanks Alison

  5. speedy70

    Alida cara, hai scritto un bellissimo post del mio amato Lago di Garda; dai quei luoghi io abito poco distante, sono a Desenzano del Garda. Ma quando torni?? Sarebbe bellissimo conoscerti… fammi sapere! Ti abbraccio cara!

    • Alida

      Ma cara non sapevo che fossi di quelle parti! Certo se torno sarebbe bello conoscerci! Un abbraccio

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