Friulian food makes the most out of the season's earthy ingredients with bold flavours and traditional miseria (poverty) techniques, even when it's taken way upmarket, as it increasingly is. The presence of game is strong, while root vegetables and wild greens enhance pastas and sides. The local Montasio cheese turns up in the region's signature dish, frico, which comes as either a cheese-enhanced potato pancake or chip-like crispy fried, well, cheese.
Friuli's Food & Wine Road
Friuli Venezia Giulia is a gourmet holy grail: an exceptionally diverse region with an embarrassing number of artisanal producers, authentic and high-quality restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries spread over mountains, rolling countryside and coastline. To sample the best of them pick up the handy Strada Vino e Sapori (The Food & Wine Road) booklet from the tourist office, which covers the people and producers behind them along with useful information on guided tours, tastings and booking information. There’s even space for tasting notes.