The Malga Agriturismo Valmenera is a rustic mountain house where shepherds bring their animals to enjoy the fresh air in the summertime. The malga also welcomes tourists and visitors with food and shelter whilst surrounded by the green pastures and woodlands of Cansiglio by the Venetian Alps.
Malga Agriturismo Valmenera: the menu, tradition on your plate
The menu of the malga offers the typical culinary specialties of the Cansiglio and Alpago regions, without external influence. Among these dishes are canèderli —a kind of dumpling which is very common all over the alps— and beef stew, as well as tagliatelle with Alpagota lamb— an ovine race protected by the Slow Food Foundation. Other specialties of the malga include pastìn —a kind of fresh sausage from Alpago—polenta, and frico—the traditional grilled cheese.
Vegetarian dishes are only a handful, but undoubtedly delicious: porcini mushrooms risotto, and ricotta and dandelion casoncelli—a shell-shaped stuffed pasta. All the recipes are prepared with meats and dairy from animals farmed in site.
Lastly, you can sample the range of regional wines as well as the house desserts, freshly prepared with seasonal ingredients by chef Cesarina.
Dining at the malga is affordable, with a full meal ranging between 20 and 40 euros.
Take some Cansiglio and Alpago home with you: the local produce
Guests and visitors who want to bring home a little piece of Cansiglio can stop by the malga’s deli, where you can buy alpine style salami (with and without garlic) and ham, musetto —a gelatinous pork sausage to eat boiled— and, most of all, the Valmenera cold cut, prepared with accurately selected meat cuts.
Top selling dairy products include fresh, aged, or smoked ricotta, as well as the house cheese, both available in their fresh form and/or aged in wine. All produce exclusively comes from the malga’s in-house farm.
Not only restaurant: the hotel and b&b rooms
For those who want to spend the night, the malga Valmenera offers seven rooms in total; all rooms come with en-suite bathroom. The structure can host up to guests.
What to do in the area: activities
The malga is strategically located to be the starting point of hikes and horse rides in the woods of Cansiglio. In wintertime, guests can also engage in winter activities such as ciaspole–snowshoes, or in skiing activities in the nearby ski-camp.
Service: an inclusive “malga” for everyone
- On-site parking
- Accessible for people with disabilities (with dedicated bedroom)
- Baby seating
- Pets allowed
- Choice between B&B, half-board or full-board
- Reservation required
The structure is open every day during the summer season (July 1st through August 31st) and on weekends only in winter.
Only the best tradition
In a region that in recent years has registered a high degree of culinary experimentation, the Malga Agriturismo Valmenera stands out for its adherence to tradition and local recipes at affordable prices. Everything religiously prepared with locally sourced or in-house produce.
Address and Contact details
- Valmenera, 32010, Tambre d’Alpago, Via Pian Osteria
- Tel. +39 0437 432056
- or +39 348 9175267