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Bolzano: Pra Meisa

Phone: 0471.97.22.63

Reviewed by: Jane Cusack from Ireland, review #2172

When: 2006

Amazing restaurant - an annual pilgrimage now!

An amazing meal in 2005 at Pra Meisa with my wife ensured that I orchestrated a return to the restaurant when staying in Bolzano while travelling on a Giro tour. I brought 5 others to show off the chef's skills promising a meal of a lifetime. I was not disappointed.

Silvano managed to find a table for 6 during a busy lunchtime service and produced a seven course menu that knocked our socks off. The diners included Irish & Americans and we all agreed that the food was the most memorable we had even eaten, in particular it was the highlight of one of the diner's trip after 2 weeks in Italy which says a lot. Of particular note was the scallop coral veloute and every mouthful of each course was a treat to the senses. Its worth going to Italy just to eat there! Looking forward to our return again in 2007.

Reviewed by: JCusack from Ireland, review #1470

When: 2005

The best restaurant we have found in Italy!

We have just returned from a 3 night stay in Bolzano and our only regret is that we only found Pra Meisa on our last night.

We stayed in the 4 points Sheraton which is in the middle of an industrial park. As a hotel all facilities, etc. were fine but it lacked the atmosphere of the historic centre of Bolzano.

However, all thoughts of the hotel were overshadowed by the little restaurant we discovered after enquiring at the tourist office in the town. Quite simply we had one of the best meals we have ever had, anywhere, in this little restaurant on a back street of Bolzano. Considering the amazing restaurants all over Italy, this is somewhat of an outlandish claim but I promise that the restaurant, the food and the chef make the dining experience unforgettable.

The menu is in German, Italian and Ladino languages, in that order. The food is Ladino in provenance, with Italian flair and cooked by a truly talented chef who combines some amazing flavours in a really skilled fashion. Risotto including myrtleberries/strawberries - you would not think this would work but truly a taste sensation. The venison with burnt caramel sauce was astonishing, the guinea fowl out of this world.

The medley of desserts topped off the meal continuing the outstanding quality, inventiveness and confidence of the entire meal.

This restaurant has one of the most talented chefs we have ever seen and I recommend you try it. Prices were not outrageous in our view; not cheap but excellent value for the quality of the food.

All we can say is hope you enjoy it!

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