Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Trentino cuisine

The Trentino cuisine is very influenced and linked, given the many centuries of belonging to the Sacred Roman Empire, the Mitteleuropean and Italian cuisine of the north. There are three main elements that distinguish Trentino cuisine: speck, dairy products and apples

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine


One of the most traditional things is the potato cake, often accompanied by a platter of local meats and cheeses.

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

First dishes

Compared to other regions of Italy, there is no type of traditional pasta, food that has largely spread only after World War II. Typical first courses of the Trentino tradition are the soups, among them the “barley soup” (or “orzetto alla trentina”), the Panàda, the Mòsa, the Brö brusà; gnocchi, among all the potato gnocchi in the Trentino style, gnòchi de pan and gnòchi de rye. This tradition  the first place we have Canederli, classically composed of bread and meat varies with the addition of cheese for the palates more greedy, are served in broth or with butter and sage. Like all regional recipes, this has also been exploited by cooks for making variations, such as dumplings with savoy and stinking Moena.

Another typical dish are the Strangolapreti or gnocchi with spinach and homemade bread with some variations such as the one that includes nettle instead of spinach.

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Main dishes

The meat dishes in Trentino are the poor ones of peasant origin, for example the Canederli, the spatzle tasty gnocchetti tirolesi, the stew of offal said “Sguazet” or the stew of meat that is called “Tonco de pontesel”.

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine



Puzzone di Moena


Spressa of the Giudicarie

Vezzena di Lavarone

Wines and liqueurs



Holy Wine

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Some dishes shown here are assigned to the typical Trentino kitchen because it is widely used, however:

Polenta is widespread throughout Italy and: Veneto, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Friuli-Venezia Giulia are, in turn, very strong consumers;

Many dishes, such as Canederli or (Knödel), strudel and speck and many others, are of Austrian origin and, given the long tradition and history that binds Trentino to Tyrol, have spread mainly through South Tyrol but are widely present also in Trentino so some items are in common (with different names) with South Tyrolean cuisine;

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

South Tyrolean cuisine

South Tyrolean cuisine (in German Südtiroler Küche) is the expression of the culinary art developed in the province of Bolzano. It is a combination of Tyrolean culinary tradition and typical Italian cuisine and is also influenced by Viennese cuisine.

South Tyrolean cuisine is highly appreciated and is internationally renowned. South Tyrol with its 20 Michelin stars is the most awarded Italian province of the French guide.

There are also generally popular products among the German-speaking populations, such as the Brezel (or Laugenbrezel or Brezen), the sauerkraut or Sauerkraut and the Würstel or Frankfurter or Wiener;  Kaiserschmarrn and the Strudel of the Habsburg tradition; the Rösti, of Swiss origin;  Spätzle of Swabian origin.

Many of these dishes are also characteristic of Trentino cuisine, thanks to the centuries-old union of Trentino with Alto Adige under the Habsburg monarchy.

Along with typical Tyrolean dishes, Italian cuisine (from ravioli to gnocchi, from tiramisù to panna cotta) is strongly present in Alto Adige. Polenta in South Tyrol dialect is known as Plent. Typical of South Tyrol is black polenta or Schwarzplent.

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Meats and cheeses





Sesto mountain cheese

Stanga di Dobbiaco

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

First dishes

Canederli or Knödel




Barley soup (Gerstensuppe)

Goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe)

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

  Main dishes

Mutton or Hammelfleischgerichte

Würstel Meraner


Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Side dishes and vegetables

Gröstl or Grestl






Buchweizenroulade (buckwheat roll)

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

Wines and liqueurs

Forst beer

Grappe (Schnaps):



Santa Maddalena


Aromatic Traminer (Gewürztraminer)

Trentino and South Tyrolean cuisine

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