Polenta alla rascard – Polenta in rascard style

A Ratelé, the typical wooden rack for storing black bread – Patafisik CC BY-SA 3.0

Valle d’Aosta cuisine

The traditional cooking of Valle d’Aosta presents recipes with a high caloric content based on game and Fontina, a D.O.P. cheese.

The culinary tradition of Valle d’Aosta shows excellent affinity with the neighboring transalpine regions: Savoy, Haute-Savoie, and Valais.

Compared to the rest of Italy, the absence of wheat, substituted by corn and rye, is evident, used for polenta and bread.

Another scarce element in traditional dishes is oil, substituted by butter and other vegetable and animal fats. The presence of rice is localized in Val de Cogne, and it is due to the Piedmontese origin of the inhabitants.

Saveurs du Val d’Aoste has been created to safeguard traditional products at a local level.

Polenta alla rascard – Polenta in rascard style

cornmeal cooked, cooled, and sliced, then baked with layers of Fontina and a ragout of beef and sausage.


La cucina tradizionale della Valle d’Aosta presenta ricette dall’alto contenuto calorico a base di selvaggina e fontina, formaggio D.O.P.

La tradizione culinaria valdostana mostra grandi affinità con le regioni transalpine limitrofe: la Savoia, l’Alta Savoia e il Vallese.

Paragonata al resto d’Italia, si evidenzia soprattutto l’assenza del frumento, sostituito dal mais e dalla segale, utilizzati nell’ordine per la polenta e per il pane.

Un altro elemento che scarseggia nei piatti tradizionali è l’olio, sostituito da burro e altri grassi vegetali e animali. La presenza del riso è localizzata nella zona della val di Cogne e la si deve all’origine piemontese degli abitanti.

Un marchio denominato Saveurs du Val d’Aoste è stato creato per la salvaguardia dei prodotti tradizionali a livello locale.

Polenta alla rascard – Polenta in rascard style is a Regional Recipe from Aosta Valley

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

You can reach Enrico at enricomassetti@msn.com.