Friday, July 24, 2015

Bistrò al Forte, Franzensfest-Fortezza, Italy

Have you ever been to a restaurant in a real fortress? As far as I can remember, this was my first time. Bistrò al Forte – Bistro Festung is located inside the fortress of Franzensfest-Fortezza, a very impressive architectural structure… big… huge… and grey… The exact opposite of the atmosphere that awaits you inside… romantic… cosy… and elegant.

The extreme contrast between exterior and interior is what makes this restaurant so impressive I think. That, combined with a wonderful cuisine! Although Bistrò al Forte is located in South Tyrol, the dishes are typical italian.

We were welcomed with strawberry Bellinis, which was a lovely surprise. They were so incredibly good! For starters we had prosciutto e melone, caprese salad and muscle soup.

Then instead of the usual pasta as a first course, we had risotto with zucchini, zucchini flowers and shrimps. The main dish was sea bass, served with zucchini crust, potatoes and vegetables. I had a wonderful cheese platter with salad and mostarda (spicy jam) instead.

We almost passed on dessert… until we saw what the chef had in mind for us…. a grand dessert including a strawberry pie! We finished in style with coffee and limoncello.

Bistrò al Forte is open only during spring and summer, for à la carte dining as well as private parties. In fact, when I was there, a smashing birthday party took place in the room next door. I can't think of a better way to celebrate your birthday.

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