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Malga Rin Bianco (BL)

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

Malga Rin Bianco, located at 1875 m close to the Misurina Lake on the road leading to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, was originally born as a mountain farmhouse obtained from an old military hospital dating back to the Great War.

Surrounded by over 367 hectares of pastures, where in summer cows, goats and horses happily graze free, it 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.

Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets

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.

The Malga’s cuisine is inspired by local history with a native approach both in the dishes proposed and in the use of raw materials, chosen among local suppliers of cheeses, meats, flours, wines…The only exception is meat, selected among high-quality varieties of Argentine origin.

Malga Rin Bianco (BL) — Veneto Secrets

Among the traditional dishes you can find the “gnòche de pan and autrìa”, a variant of homemade cheese dumpling served on nettle cream; “el caurèto”, grilled lamb chops with honey, breadcrumbs and herbs served with polenta (cornmeal mush); or the “brasuòle”, deer chops marinated in Mugo Pine grappa with baked potatoes and cranberry jam (do not worry, the menu is easy to consult as it is accompanied by detailed photographs of each dish).

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 or, alternatively, by using the snowmobile service (which also goes up to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo); whilst in the evening you can use the more comfy 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.

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 — 20 euro
Snow shuttle service: 5 euro per person

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