AlpiNN, Bruneck — South Tyrol, Italy
Sky-high dining may be having something of a moment right now as restaurateurs scramble for vertiginous real estate in skyscrapers around the world, each trying to outdo the other with views. But few restaurants can claim, as AlpiNN does, such a spectacular 180-degree panorama of the Alps and the Dolomites.
Shaped like a white-clad Miesian lightbox, the restaurant extends from the Mc2 Architects-designed Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography in Bruneck to precipitously cantilever over the mountain side.
Designer Martino Gamper has wisely refrained from overdressing the interiors, the jagged edges of his polygonal lamps and chairs subtly echoing the snow-capped tectonic landscape outside.
Head chef Marco Perez’s alpine-based menu – conceived by the celebrity chef owners Norbert Niederkofler and Paolo Ferretti – works hard to compete with the view as he sends out char nuzzling beetroot and walnut butter, barbecued radicchio and goat cheese, and a carbonara of spelt fusilli. §