The spirit of an area and its inhabitants can also be discovered through the local cuisine and products. Desenzano food and wine itinerary that we suggest takes you on a journey to discovertraditional recipes that reserve pleasant surprises and combine old-fashioned flavors and aromas to create dishes made from the bounty of land and lake.
A typical ingredient is the D.O.P. extra virgin olive oil of Lake Garda produced on the coast and also in the inland areas of the lake that is famous for its organoleptic qualities and nutritional benefits. Thanks to its superb quality, Lake Garda extra virgin olive oil goes perfectly with both fish and meat dishes. You can sample its delicate flavour on location: just book a tour at any one of the several oil mills in the area ,where you can watch the olive oil process and also buy the final product as a souvenir or for everyday use in the kitchen. Traditional olive growing, harvesting, and pressing methods that have existed for centuries are still used on Lake Garda, and its oil was recently indicated as one of the basic elements of the Mediterranean Diet.
Fish is the star of our delicious local cuisine, and carp, trout, coregone, perch, pike, eel, and sardines are fished in Lake Garda. Fish is seasoned with aromatic herbs and accompanied by the excellent local wines.
Garda cuisine also features delicious specialties from the inland area: wild game, cheese, and butter are the main ingredients of recipes that have been handed down for centuries.
Good food must be accompanied by good wine, such as the red and white varieties produced on the hills behind Desenzano. You can stop at the many vineyards and wine cellars open to the public, where you can sample the excellent Lugana , San Martino della Battaglia, Garda ClassicoGroppello, Garda Classico Chiaretto, Rosso, Rosso Superiore wines.