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Malga Rin Bianco (BL)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets

The suggestive Malga Rin Bianco, located at 1875 m near Lake Misurina on the road that leads to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, is a splendid gourmet refuge from the 1300s then turned into a military hospital during the Great War.

Surrounded by over 367 hectares of pastures, where in summer cows, goats and horses happily graze free, the Malga is located in a very significant position, having been an important outpost of the legendary Republic of Venice at the border with Austria and South Tyrol. From 1420 to 1797, Misurina and Auronzo di Cadore were, in fact, part of Venice’s inland territories.

Run by the mountain lover and fierce “dreamer” Andreas Quinz, together with his friend Mauro Corona, famous Italian writer, in July 2017 he inaugurated on the first floor of the Malga a Library Room dedicated to his father Valerio and his grandfather Giuseppe Quinz, famous mountain guides who highly contributed to the development of mountaineering in these territories. The original Library, in addition to the collection of family books dedicated to the passion for mountains and mountaineering, also includes works of publishing houses with which Corona collaborates, works by writers of local history, as well as various private donations.

Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets

While during the day, served on the panoramic terrace and on the ground floor, the cuisine of the Malga is inspired by local history, indigenous both in the dishes offered and in the use of raw materials (the only exception is the meat of Argentine origin), the evening turnes gourmet and it is possible to book in the Library Room on the first floor an extraordinary tasting menu created by Andreas Quinz, also a passionate chef and sommelier, consisting of 7 courses with wine pairing.

The traditional dishes are excellent, not only for the quality of the raw material but also for the refined presentation which, different for each course, will surely amaze guests among revolving wooden mats, edible flowers and a sculpture menu created for Malga Rin Bianco by the famous artist Mauro (Icaro) Lampo.

Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets

Among the recipes we find the appetizer based on 4 different types of tartare, the wild potato gnocchi seasoned with mountain pine butter and crispy Pane Puccia, the venison fillet cooked in butter and pepper with yogurt, berries and purple hood, to finish with the fun dessert “La Nostalgia”, based on a chocolate cigar from Madagascar, rum biscuits and Cuban tobacco ice cream drowned in Havana 7, a tribute to the period in which Andreas quit smoking.

Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets
Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets

The Malga is a “gourmet museum” of our Dolomites, a place where the mountaineering, culinary, literary and artistic traditions of our mountains come together in a single place.

(Andreas Quinz, owner)

Open all year round, in winter the Malga can be reached in daytime hours from the car park of Lake Antorno by taking a nice walk of about 2 km, by using the snowmobile service (which also goes up to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo), or, ultra-fun option, by booking the original Tanko Shuttle service.
In summer opens the toll-road to the Tre Cime that goes up directly to the Malga, or you can take the alternative free dirt road and leave the car in the car park about 80 m from the Malga.

The Secret

Near the Malga there was one of the first and very rare factories of mugòlio (balsamic mugo) very popular for its anti-inflammatory and in general disinfectant properties of the respiratory tract. Then closed with the advent of the First World War, it never reopened due to competition from synthetic active ingredients.

The gourmet dinner at the Library Room

The panoramic terrace at the foot of the Tre Cime

Useful Info

Malga Rin Bianco
Via Monte Piana 35
32041 Misurina, Belluno
Tel. +39 320 5699375

First courses: 9 — 12 euro
Second courses and cured meat & cheese selections: 10 — 26 euro
Tanko Shuttle supplement: 5 euro per person
Gourmet dinner tasting menu: 70 euro, 95 euro with wine pairing 

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