The cuisine in South Tyrol

The cuisine in South Tyrol, or Südtirol in German, is one of the most fascinating and unique in Italy, as it combines Italian and Austrian culinary traditions, reflecting the historical and cultural influences of the region.

Here is an overview of typical savory and sweet dishes from South Tyrol:


Savory Dishes:

  1. Knödel (Canederli): These are bread dumplings made from stale bread, eggs, milk, and often enriched with bacon or cheese. They are typically served in broth or with various sauces.

  2. Speck: The smoked ham from South Tyrol is famous. It can be enjoyed on its own as an appetizer or in numerous dishes.

  3. Schlutzkrapfen: Ravioli filled with spinach, ricotta, potatoes, or meat. They are often served with melted butter, Grana cheese, and sage.

  4. Spätzle: These small pasta noodles are similar to gnocchi and are often served with bacon and onions or as a side dish to meat in sauce.

  5. Pizzoccheri: Wide, flat noodles traditionally served with savoy cabbage and potatoes, topped with melted cheese.

  6. Polenta: Polenta is a popular corn-based dish, often served with roast beef or mushrooms.

  7. Gröstl: A dish of pork or beef, potatoes, and onions, cooked in a pan until it becomes crispy and golden brown.

  8. South Tyrolean Sausages: Regional sausages like Luganighe and Mortadella are very popular.

  9. Knödelsuppe: A soup with bread dumplings that are typically served in a light broth.


Sweet Dishes:

  1. Apple Strudel: This famous puff pastry dessert is filled with apples, raisins, cinnamon, and nuts.

  2. Tirtlen: Fried sweet pastries, often filled with jam or powdered sugar.

  3. Krapfen: Filled donuts with jam or cream and dusted with powdered sugar.

  4. Zelten: A fruitcake with dried fruits and candied fruits, typical for the Christmas season.

  5. Nusstorte: A nut and honey cake, often served as a dessert.

  6. Kaiserschmarrn: A type of shredded pancake that is cut into small pieces and dusted with powdered sugar.


South Tyrolean cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, the use of high-quality local ingredients, and the combination of sweet and savory flavors. The region is known for its production of high-quality wines, which often accompany these delicious dishes.

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