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Baita Prà Solìo (BL)

by Clara Galanti
Baita Prà Solìo (BL) — Veneto Secrets

In the heart of the Dolomites, a short distance from Cortina d'Ampezzo, the romantic Baita Prà Solìo in San Vito di Cadore with its original gourmet giant barrel reminds us of a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers.

Located in a large green expanse crowned by the most beautiful Dolomite peaks, from Antelao to Sorapis up to Tofane, Baita Prà Solìo is a true paradise for lovers of good traditional cuisine and refined wines. H

Today run by Michel Oberhammer, also manager of Baita Piè Tofana in Cortina, the venue was created at the end of the nineties when Tito De Sandre decided to invest in a piece of land in San Vito di Cadore. The property was stunning but, after a few years, the building was destroyed by a fire. Following this occurrence, Tito, carpenter by profession and creative by nature, rolled up his sleeves to literally “rebuild” the place, literally piece by piece, using only recycled wood and materials. The result, thanks to his artisan skill, was truly unique and in 2004 Baita Prà Solìo was born. Its name in local slang means “sunny meadow”, an homage to the splendid position enjoyed by the structure.

Baita Prà Solìo (BL) — Veneto Secrets
Baita Prà Solìo (BL) — Veneto Secrets

For us, tradition is closely linked to the culture of the territory. We cultivate and pass it on with care, enhancing local products and recipes of the past, with an eye for innovation.

Embellished with wooden frames that look like laces and Cadore-style details, the Baita looks like a tiny museum of ancient crafts. Shelves and walls have been enriched over time by hundreds of objects and tools recovered from old barns and antique markets. There are also many family memories, such as the sewing machine that furnishes the exterior or the old carpenter’s tools. In the mise en place, which highlights the beautiful wooden tables, stand out the typical hand-painted jugs personalized with the name of the hut, made in Faenza, and the bread boxes made with the old flour baskets.

The cuisine intends to keep alive a tradition that has ancient roots. Thus, on the menu, we find grilled polenta, prepared on the stove like in the old days, barley soup, as well as many local meat dishes such as venison stew and goulash.

Baita Prà Solìo (BL) — Veneto Secrets

Great attention is paid to local excellences such as cow’s milk cheeses from Piccolo Brite in Cortina and goat cheeses from the nearby Sanwido company, protagonists of delicious platters that are also excellent as an aperitif. Jams, marmalades and vegetables in oil are prepared at home using only seasonal products from the garden, as well as the potatoes used for the exquisite gnocchi made with nettles or beetroot.

At Baita Prà Solìo, you can also book a very unique table built inside an old wine barrel by the tireless hands of Tito who created a small work of art.

Baita Prà Solìo (BL) — Veneto Secrets

Very intimate, the barrel is the ideal place to pamper yourself with a candlelit dinner, choosing between the two tasting menus for a truly unforgettable experience.

The Secret

Among the many family objects that decorate the rooms, there is a very special one, it is the spinning wheel of Arianna’s grandmother, Tito’s mother, which peeps out over the stube as a presence of love and protection.

Useful Info

Baita Prà Solìo
Via Geralba 11
32046 San Vito di Cadore, Belluno
Tel. +39 347 1628505

Starters: 13 — 16 euro
First courses: 13 — 16 euro
Second courses: 13 — 22 euro
Tasting menu in the barrel: 50 — 55 euro (wines excluded)

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