The Italians were the largest group of immigrants who landed in Santa Catarina. With them came the classic spaghetti, agnolini soup, lasagna, tortéi, polenta, radicci, homemade bread, salami, colonial cheese, fried chicken, free-range chicken with sauce and quail recipes, as well as others. In the municipalities colonized by the Italians, and which spread throughout the state, you can try these delicious recipes in “cantinas”, wineries and local restaurants. However, this experience can be even richer in the rural, inland communities, especially in the region of Nova Trento, Nova Veneza and Urussanga, where the customs of the pioneers are still part of everyday life and the flavors are more authentic.
Encantos do Sul
Savor the pastas, polenta, and succulent chicken typical of Italian cuisine in the restaurants of the city. The colonial meals serves on the rural properties associated with the Acolhida na Colônia project are also mouth-watering
Try the country-style stewed chicken, culinary specialty of Nova Veneza. Other recipes with Italian influences, such as polenta, fortaia (egg- and cheese- based dish) and homemade pastas, can also be found in the various restaurants of the city. Don’t forget to visit the city’s vineyard as well.
Look up establishments at: www.portalveneza.com.br
Try Italian colonial and contemporary recipes at the restaurant in the center of the city. In Sertão dos Corrêa, São Martinho, and Guarda, there are colonial coffee houses and homestyle restaurants which are also worth a visit.
Find out more at: www.sctur.com.br
Taste good wines in tours through the vineyards of the region. Don’t miss the chance to also discover the cantinas of the city, which serve delicious dishes of Italian cuisine, and try the grape juices, cheeses, embutidos, and colonial coffee.
See more at: www.urussanga.sc.gov.br/turismo/guia
Pousada Vale dos Figos
Has a restaurant with a sophisticated menu. The fig-based sweets are highlights.
Enjoy the Italian cuisine of Nova Trento, savoring pastas, cheeses and wines. In the district of Vígolo, near the Santuário de Santa Paulina, there are good options of restaurants and craft winegrowing.
See more at: www.rotavalemais.com.br
Taste the local wines, the cheeses produced with Italian equipment and techniques and make the most of it by taking away other colonial products.
La Bottega dei Formai
Monday thru Saturday (except Tuesday – closed), from 8am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 6:30pm; Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm.
BR-470, Km 87, Diamante.
Phone: (47) 3384-0692.
Enjoy the typical cuisine in German and Italian restaurants. Do not fail to taste the craft beers and wines produced in the town.
Vale do Contestado
Saboreie pratos típicos das cozinhas italiana e campeira nas propriedades rurais da região. E não deixe de visitar as vinícolas que produzem vinhos artesanais. Grupos agendados podem ser recebidos com apresentações de música folclórica italiana.
Sítio São Pedro
Linha Bracatinga, s/n, a 9 km do Centro.
Fone: (49) 9129-8335 / (49) 8415-8853.
Rancho Moinho Velho
Linha Duas Pontes, s/n, Interior.
Fone: (49) 3532-1545.
Taste the authentic Italian dishes, such as free-range chicken with polenta, radicci salad, poussin, pasta, “tortéi” and “fortaia” (type of omelet) at the city’s restaurants and cantinas. Also visit the city’s wineries.
Serves colonial Italian coffee, daily, as well as polenta and agnolini soup. Scheduled visits may also include dance and musical presentations. Open Sunday through Friday, with reservations; Saturdays, 6am to 10pm.
SC-453, Km 48.
Phone: (49) 3531-1141.