Bormio is a reality still linked to its traditions and its flavors. A simple cuisine but with a strong taste, are among the main features.

The menu of the perfect “Valtellinese”

“We invite you to enjoy the flavors of our local culinary specialties, and for this we have chosen from the most typical dishes, those that are the most famous, and also perhaps, the easiest to prepare.

Begin to whet your appetite with an appetizer of Bresaola, beef (usually beef, but sometimes deer) salted and dried and consumed, preferably, thinly sliced and without condiments. Enjoy it accompanied by a dish of Sciatt, small pieces of local cheese, dipped in buckwheat batter, and quickly fried, typically served on a lightly dressed bed of salad. Or try the Bresaola with Taroz, which is a tasty purée of potatoes, beans, cheese, and butter.

To follow, of course, is the legendary Pizzoccherimade of buckwheat tagliatelle (ribbon shaped pasta) seasoned with cheese, potatoes, cabbage, celery or fennel, sage, and butter.  Alternatively, try the taste of Manfrigole, crepes of buckwheat and white flour, stuffed with cheese and Bresaola, and seasoned with other ingredients typical of the Alta Valtellina.

For your main course, the Polenta Taragna, made with buckwheat flour, butter and cheese, and accompanied by stew of deer and game, with Porcini mushrooms as side dish. Before dessert, enjoy some small pieces of our local cheese; Casera, Scimudin, or Bitto—the king among the Valtellina dairy production. As a dessert, a slice of Bisciöla, a rustic cake with walnuts, figs, and raisins.

Of course, your dinner wouldn’t be complete if not accompanied by the fine wine from the Valtellina, of which the best know include Sassella, Grumello, Inferno, and Sfursat. And, after the Pignattino coffee, it’s time for a toast with a local grappa or a local amaro (a slightly bitter after dinner drink), Braulio, Taneda, or Genepy”


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The Bormio traditions are rooted in the peasant and mountain culture that characterize the history of Bormio. Passed down from generation to generation, these events are very much felt by the local population.

Among the most important and recognized we have:

Pasquali that take place on Easter day and are a source of attraction by both local people and the many tourists who choose Bormio. A procession of sedans made by the artisans of the various departments of Bormio and dressed for the occasion with the typical costume, which cross all the way to the square of Kuerc Kuerc where they will be blessed. These sedans express a religious message.

The transport of the Holy Crucifix, kept in the church of San Antonio Abate in the district of Combo, is a felt religious function in which homage is paid to the Holy Crucifix of Combo taking it through the streets of the town until reaching the parish church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio where he remains exposed for three days to the adoration of the population.

“Geneiron” indicating the evening of January 31, predicts that the day that children make noise as much as possible thinking that the huge noise made could awaken the spring.

“Ors fora dela tana” celebrated on 2 February consists of attracting someone outside their home with a pretext or a stratagem. This tradition is also linked to the arrival of spring when the bear, once widespread in these areas, came out of its long winter hibernation.

“Gabinat” custom of the day of the befana where, since ancient times, there is the custom among the inhabitants of Bormio to say goodbye saying the expression “gabinat”. The first of the two who can pronounce the word, according to custom, would have the right to receive a gift from the other. The dialect word “gabinat” comes from the German gabe-nacht (night of gifts).

Podestà dei Mat, celebrated during the carnival week and defined according to tradition the “Carnevale dei Matti”. At that time, the so-called Compagnia dei Matti, made up of young people in the country, identified what would be crowned Podestà dei Mat reigning on the Contado by ousting the true authorities.

Il Palio delle Contrade, sport challenge on skis between the five departments that make up Bormio.


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