When you travel, part of the
experience comes from the food and wine you taste around the world. You might forget the boring monuments the tour guide showed you or the name of the village where you got lost, but you will never forget the scents and flavors from your journey. Trentino is a unique region in the North of Italy, with magical hidden valleys, mountains and culinary traditions that make your travel experience unforgettable.
After driving through narrow streets and climbing the hills in the heart of the Italian Alps, you finally reach a small village. In the middle of the square is a local artist carving sculptures. You cannot stop there because there’s something irresistible in the air that drives you to continue exploring. It’s the chef Lorenzo Callegari, creating one of his masterpieces in the kitchen of “Trattoria Vecchia Sorni”. It’s a lovely family run restaurant, with a great veranda where during the spring and summer seasons, you can enjoy a delectable meal with a beautiful view on the surrounding vineyards of the Adige valley.
Today Lorenzo has prepared a delicious appetizer based on “Carne salada” (salty meat), a very traditional dish of Trentino. This exceptional cut of seasoned beef, thinly sliced, can be eaten raw or cooked. In the past, people used to salt the meat to preserve it for long time. Today Lorenzo presents the Carne Salada with fresh salad and a potato pie.
Ingredients for Carne salada (salted meat):
2 lb. round of beef
1 oz. coarse salt
½ oz. coarse black pepper
2 tsp. coriander
2 tsp. cumin
Extra virgin olive oil
Rosemary and bay leaves
Clean the meat. Once it is covered with all other ingredients, put everything in a tight container in the refrigerator and turn the meat once a day for 8 days. After that, slice the meat thinly and accompany it with fresh salad and a potato pie.
Enjoy with a glass of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio and you’ll take a journey through the genuine flavors of Trentino!