A pioneering mountain-to-plate restaurant launches in South Tyrol

Perched on the summit of Mount Kronplatz, chef Norbert Niederkofler’s AlpiNN will serve “mountain cuisine” at the new Lumen photography museum

AlpiNN resides in the new Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography, opening December 20 at the summit of Mount Kronplatz
AlpiNN resides in the new Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography, opening December 20 at the summit of Mount Kronplatz

One of the most interesting gustatory events of the winter season is the launch of AlpiNN – a mountain-to-plate culinary concept created by three-Michelin-starred chef Norbert Niederkofler and resident chef Marco Perez, at the Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography in South Tyrol. The 1,800sq m exhibition space, perched at the summit of Mount Kronplatz, opens its doors on Thursday December 20.

Chef Norbert Niederkofler (left) overseeing the preparations for the contemporary space
Chef Norbert Niederkofler (left) overseeing the preparations for the contemporary space
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“The restaurant will serve lunch and aperitivi to skiershikers and food lovers using produce and wines sourced exclusively from the mountain,” says Niederkofler, head chef at St Hubertus at the Hotel Rosa Alpina. The ambience will be relaxed and the space, designed by Martino Gamper, will capitalise on the surrounding views of the Dolomite and South Tyrolean mountains.  

The restaurant will serve lunch and aperitivi to skiers, hikers and food lovers
The restaurant will serve lunch and aperitivi to skiers, hikers and food lovers
Designer Martino Gamper is adding splashes of colour to the space
Designer Martino Gamper is adding splashes of colour to the space

Niederkofler’s “cook the mountain” philosophy focuses on sustainability and seasonal produce – often a challenge at 2,250m – and the chef says his “yet-to-be revealed” menus will highlight “farmers, breeders and artisans with a shared passion for the environment and Alpine culture.” An appetiser, main dish and a glass of wine will cost €35.

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