Surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites, this charming pearl of the Ampezzo Valley is smart, eclectic and fashionable with a cosmopolitan soul. Cortina is Italy’s most chic mountain town where snowflakes twinkle like stars against the exceptional backdrop of the mountains.
The Small List
Hotel Ambra Cortina – The Queen of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the heart of this charming town, is Elisabetta Dotto. She is the most glamorous and inspiring owner of one of the oldest hotels in Cortina. And it is a true gem. A perfect winter destination for skiers and foodies alike. The fashionable hotel is located just steps from the boutiques of Corso Italia. Elisabetta’s charm and warm heart make Hotel Ambra Cortina a perfect spot to explore the majestic beauty of the Dolomites.
Grand Hotel Miramonti Majestic – Featured in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only (1981), the Miramonti is located just outside the town center of Cortina. It’s surrounded by a wonderful natural park and, as a result, is a true oasis of peace. It has become a symbol of hospitality of the Dolomites. This iconic and stylish mountain destination has been called home for kings and princes, actors and actresses and many other famous personalities.
Cristallo Resort and Spa – Perched on a mountaintop, the Cristallo is the crowning glory of Cortina d’Ampezzo. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and delightful cuisine. Its breathtaking landscapes and skiing adventures are spellbinding.
Best Restaurants on the Slopes
Restaurant El Camineto – El Camineto is located in Rumerlo in Cortina at the bottom of the Tofane mountains. The restaurant features a breathtaking view over the Ampezzo valley. El Camineto is warm and welcoming. It offers traditional fare that is creatively prepared. The wine cellar is famous too.
Rifugio Son Forca – A perfect mix of beauty and charm on the slopes of the Dolomites. They offer traditional Italian main courses and, as a result, it’s the perfect spot for an on mountain lunch.
Rifugio Capanna Tondi – A large and sunny terrace for al fresco dining and, of course, breathtaking views await you. For over 70 years, Capanna Tondi offers a welcoming and refined ambience.
Scotoni Hut – This hut is based on simple and genuine ingredients. The BBQ specialities include ribs, sausages, and grilled vegetables. Experience the soul of the mountains where good food matters in an intimate and joyful atmosphere. Particularly delicious are the Florentine steaks (bistecche alla fiorentina), coming from the authentic butcher shop of Dario Cecchini. And those who want to live this food experience to the fullest should absolutely try the famous Scotoni mixed grill platter. Lastly, the wine list contains more than 400 labels!
Best Restaurants in Town
SanBrite – Where eating means feeling the mountains and smelling the woods. Chef Riccardo cooks with passion and, therefore, with a commitment to the land. A mesmerizing experience for the palate and the soul. Old mountain dishes are reimagined and meticulously prepared.
Ristorante Tivoli – Led by Chef Graziano Prest, Tivoli is one of the best tables in Cortina. It is located at the foot of the Tofane. Experience both traditional cuisine and more creative fare in a charming Alpine house.
Villa Oretta – This renowned and sophisticated restaurant is a famous for its Venetian cuisine. It’s the perfect place for elegant candlelit dinners and lunches in the sun. They, of course, specialize in recipes from the Veneto region.
Ristorante Lago Scin – The Lago Scin restaurant is located on the banks of a mountain lake in a classic mountain chalet. It is surrounded by the enchanting and spectacular Dolomites. An excellent choice to sample the typical dishes of Ampezzo and, therefore, the regional cuisine.
Il Meloncino al Camineto – Upholding one of the most important culinary traditions in Cortina, the Melon family has a long history of enriching the simplicity of their kitchen. Their innovative cuisine is a treat.
El Brite de Larieto – Piccolo Brite – The first “cheese boutique” in Cortina. It is where simplicity of flavors, healthy food and creativity are the essence. It is tempting for all palates. You will find not only cheeses, but also homemade salami. Moreover, there is also a charming restaurant with a passion for taste.
Best Restaurant between Venice and Cortina
Da Gigetto – Simply a beautiful meal and an outstanding wine list. This restaurant is one of the best between the Dolomites and Venice. It is located in rustic-elegant surroundings. The kitchen rides the wave of the regional tradition with additions from the sea. The quality cuisine with a modern tasting menu is excellent. A visit to the wine cellar, of course, is a must!
Best Overall Experience
Riva Privée – Set amidst the majestic snow covered peaks of the Dolomites, Riva celebrates its 180th anniversary at high altitude. It is their newest location at the prestigious Cristallo Resort and Spa. The Riva Privée is a temporary space that will welcome guests in the Stube 1872. This famed restaurant is where chef Marco Pinelli has created a special Riva menu. It ranges from traditional Cortina cuisine to flavors evoking the sea. The experience is, of course, breathtaking because the decor immediately transports guests into the magical world of the Riva legend.
Best Après Ski
La Suite Cortina – The best place for aperitifs in Cortina. Le Suite hosts the best Happy Hour, Spritz, snacks, beautiful people and more! Aperol Spritz anyone?
Belvedere Cortina – The Disco Club Chalet Belvedere, since 1970, where fresh vibes and good music is guaranteed. Coolness is required. Only 6KM from the city center, shuttle buses are provided for those with a table reservation. The Cortina experience from 2PM – 6PM.