Grotto de La Fontaine

Grand-Pont 21
1950 Sion/VS
027 323 83 77

This wondeful restaurant in the heart of Sion's charming old town specializes in dishes from Tessin and northern Italy.

The atmosphere is casual, but the food is elegantly prepared. Dishes range from simple pizzas, to elaborately prepared meals based on intense, flavorful ingredients: foie gras, white truffles, quail, and rabbit.

Don't expect to find an intimate corner table here. The restaurant is normally very full, and guests sit close together at long marble top tables. The focus is not the atmosphere, but your taste buds.

The wine list is excellent and features interesting selections from the Valais, Italy and Tessin. We drank one of the current house selections: a delightful 1998 Sauvignon Blanc from the vineyard Rene Favre et Fils which is located not far from Sion in St. Pierre de Clages. It was so delicious we dashed to a wine shop across the street to buy several bottles to bring home.

Ravioli cendrillon au beurre de sauge
("Cinderella's ravioli with sage butter - delicious pumpkin stuffing)


Caille désosse sur salade aux tomates sechees et pignons: CHF 18

Above: A small miracle! Herb grilled quail, on a bed of salad with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

Other examples from the menu:

Creme de Courge aux Amaretti - CHF 10

Salade d'Endive aux noix et ecorino aux truffes - CHF 15

Ravioli de pigeon aux foie gras

Rissoto a la desosee de cuisse de grenouilles et truffe noire - 45 CHF

Filet de Lievre alla ticinese, plolenta, CHF 30