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The Floating Piers: buon appetito!

The reality after crossing The Floating Piers: you’re hot, thirsty, and utterly exhausted from the sweltering conditions – what’s next? There was no shortage of places to grab a sandwich and a cold drink, but what we had in mind was someplace away from the crowds and worthy of commemorating our anniversary and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s monumental land, or rather lake, art. I did my homework ahead of time and instinctively knew that the Menu del Territorio (35€/pp, cover, water, coffee incl.) at Dispensa Pani e Vini was going to make us ooh and aah over each course. Imagine our delight when presented with this beauty.

Da Sulzano a Montisola

Sulzano a Montisola – trout tartare in a pool of goat milk yogurt, garnished with smoked trout roe, olive oil from Montisola, sardine crumble and a wafer-thin strip (corn?) that represents the piers. Brilliantly put together and I want to recreate this at home.

Risotto al pomodoro giallo del Vesuvio

Risotto al pomo d’oro – yellow tomatoes from Vesuvio in a creamy risotto, topped with dollops of luscious burrata “innards”, crunchy bits of olives, and marjoram. Beautiful combination of color, flavor, and texture.

Manzo all'olio tradizionale

Manzo all’olio – in english, beef in oil doesn’t sound all that appetizing but it is thee best new thing I learned about traditional Brescian cuisine (the first being bagòss). This was melt-in-your-mouth soft that my knife literally fell right through it.

Tiramisù al caffè di Haiti Komet

Tiramisù – as ubiquitous as it is, I found it cute that you could literally “pick up” your cup to bring a spoonful of tiramisù to your mouth.

Melon soup with mozzarella mousse

Melon soup with mozzarella mousse – I’m going backwards with this but I can’t leave out the complimentary amuse-bouche at the start of the meal. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with fruit/cheese pairings no matter what form they’re presented in, and the sweet element of the melon was complemented with salty bits of crispy pancetta.

Dispensa Pani e Vini
Via Principe Umberto, 23
Torbiato, Adro BS

Sweet summertime in Davos

View from Schatzalp

It was a sunny italian morning on the lake when we left home, but arriving into Switzerland, the weather was a mixed bag during our 4 days in the eastern canton of Graubünden. We’re talking clouds, rain, a welcome dose of sun, and even snow when we drove up the Flüela mountain pass to get to the Engadin valley on the other side. When the skies cleared up, the landscape came to life in vivid color, revealing gorgeous, pristine scenery that Switzerland is so famous for. In early summer it’s complete tranquility without the skiing crowd, and maybe this alpine marmot (cousin to Punxsutawney Phil!), was giving us a sort of prediction: variable conditions on the horizon. We spotted it moments after crossing the border which is rare as these guys are never but a safe distance away from intruders.

Alpine marmot at Splügenpass
Alpine marmot at Splügenpass

Overall it was a really great trip. I had always imagined a swiss vacay as out of our budget, especially a mountain ski resort like Davos. Traveling during low season (June) and staying in a self-catering apartment made it affordable. We were based in Klosters, less than 20 minutes by car and accessible by bus or train. Considered Davos’ “little sister”, Klosters is way less congested than Davos. The picturesque community with the bright red trains running through owns boasting rights of being where Prince William and Prince Harry learned to ski.

Klosters-Dorf train station
Klosters-Dorf train station

Davos and Klosters bests

Despite the fickle weather, we managed to get in a short hike, made moitié-moitié fondue for our 12th anniversary dinner, drank local beer in a tiny hamlet at the top of a mountain in the Engadine valley, and ate lots of cheese. We even visited the Schatzalp hotel location where director Paolo Sorrentino’s movie Youth was filmed. I thought the movie was…meh, but the view from the hotel (photo above) – sweet!