The cheeses that come from the 150 pastures within the valley are a delicacy for any palate, and distinguish Bergamo as the Italian region with the most D.O.P. cheeses: nine! Between Taleggio, Bitto, Formai de Mut dell’Alta Valle Brembana, Gorgonzola, Grana Padano, Quartirolo Lombardo, Salva Cremasco, Provolone Valpadana and Strachitunt, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Bergamo casoncelli are a beloved and must-try starter in the region’s restaurants. According to legend, it was here in Bergamo, in 1300, that filled pasta was born, before the more famous ravioli and tortellini. Originally a peasant dish, today it is regulated by the Bergamo Chamber of Commerce. The casonsei – another term for casoncelli – delight the palate with their delicious meat filling, enhanced by their traditional accompaniments, which include melted butter, grains, pancetta and sage. Looking for a wine to match? A Bergamo Merlot is a perfect choice.
Bergamo salami is one of the region’s most famous signature dishes, the result of the skills of the city’s ancient butchers, who developed one-of-a-kind methods for making this local staple, which perfectly balances flavour and aroma in a compact yet flavoursome dish. TheAssociazione Norcini Bergamaschi organises periodic courses and events for avid fans who visit from all over the world.
A place of honour is given to Bergamo sausage, or loanghìna, among the meats used in local cooking, which makes a perfect pasta filling, accompaniment to polenta or tasty street food snack. It contains 70% lean mince and 30% fat, as well as salt, wine, broth, spices and D.O.P.-certified grana padano cheese, depending on the tastes of the individual producer.
Bergamo’s wine production aspires to excellence, with the Valcalepio D.O.C. (red and white) growing on sun-soaked hills at a height of between 300 and 600 metres above sea level. This makes a walk along the Strade del Vino wine trails and the Sapori della Valcalepio a particularly pleasurable experience. Moscato from the Scanzo D.O.C.G is very well known, a meditation wine whose origins can be traced back to Ancient Rome.
Olive plantations are situated not far from the Hotel, between Sarnico, Lovere and Val Calepio. These had already been cultivated in Roman times, and later birthed the D.O.P.-certified Sebino extra-virgin olive oil. This high-quality product is characterised by a very low acidity level and a strong aroma, and is a perfect part of a typical Mediterranean diet.