Poker, Snow & a Vegan Lunch at Les Neiges d’Antan, Cervinia

Poker, Snow & a Vegan Lunch at  Les Neiges d’Antan, Cervinia

It was unfortunate that I busted on Day 1 (AK to KQ and Aces to a set), of the Italian Poker Tour, but one of the best parts about traveling to poker tournaments is that you truly cannot lose. When my two scenarios are making a deep run or seeing the breathtaking mountains of Cervinia, Italy, I realize how truly blessed I am.

This quaint little town takes its name from Monte Cervino, a mountain in the Pennine Alps, on the border between Switzerland and Italy, whose summit is 4,478 meters high (14,691 feet), making it one of the highest peaks in Europe!

Cervinia (similar to Aspen, Colorado) is bustling with life. It’s been three years since I’ve seen snow and I forgot how invigorating it could be to just inhale the fresh mountain air. The fact that we freeze to the point where we can’t feel our fingers or toes doesn’t take an inch away from the beauty.

While searching for healthy alternatives to eat (the north of Italy has many) we came across Les Neiges d’Antan, a mountain resort. Even though it’s just five minutes from the city center one really feels in the midst of nature. We ate an incredible vegan lunch made of saffron & zucchini risotto, polenta with ratatouille (typical of the region) and enjoyed eclectic teas.

And, while cuddling with blankets by the fire, I remembered that what makes mountains and freezing your ass off so appealing is the charm in struggling to stay warm.

Has anybody been in this part of the world? Share some recommendations in a comment below!

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Photography by Alec & Ambra Torelli

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  • Scott December 2, 2013 6:38 am

    Alec… Although I follow poker tweets on pokernews… I really enjoy you're pics and reports from Italy…. I have been there 20 times.. Also to Croatia many times… I live in Chicago… I just took my son there in april and of course he loved it ..He goes to college…….Keep the pics and reports coming…..Love to talk Italy and food with you anytime……Love both.. Scott

    • Alec Torelli December 2, 2013 5:24 pm

      Hey Scott, thanks for the writing.
      It's always good to find someone who loves Italy as much as I do! There's more to come from this part of the world so definitely stay tuned. Also, will def have to remember to get in touch if I come to Chicago. Never been but heard great things!

      • Scott December 4, 2013 7:09 am

        Thx Alec….Let me know if you ever come to Chicago…. Mario Batali just opened Eataly here…. a 63,000 sg ft super Italian place… 23 restaurants under one roof…. along with EVERYTHING Itailian…. Keep the Pics coming ….

        • Alec Torelli December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

          I will definitely do that! I LOVE Eataly… in fact I went to the original one in Turin that they opened. They have this mint gelato that's fresh from the machine that's out of this world. Also I love his other restaurants in Vegas and Napa! Hope you like the new post… some good Italian photos for ya 🙂

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