Claviere - eat, drink, party
Although not as numerous as in other parts of the Milky Way, in true Italian style there are some good Alpine options. In Claviere the Ski Lodge on the nursery slopes is a good pit stop for a well-earned glühwein (vino caldo).
At La Coche, the start of the long, fast blue number 93 from top to the bottom of the resort there are two great mountain eateries, Chalet Mon Soleil (00 39 012 287 85 20) and Bar Restaurant La Coche (00 39 012 287 86 29).
For Gallic flavour, we like La Bergerie (00 33 49 221 81 06) in the Chalvet sector on the Montgenèvre side.
Restaurants in town
There are a handful of very good dining options. Our favourites include:
- ‘I Gran Bouc’ (00 39 012 287 88 30) which has two dining areas: one rustic, the other more elegant but both specialising in fine Piedmontese cuisine. It’s also an ice cream parlour, so serves up glorious gelato in the best Italian tradition.
- Claviere’s Sport Hotel temptingly displays dozens of dishes and at very reasonable prices. It’s a very good lunch spot — ideal for meeting up after ski school for skiers of every ability.
- Da Sandro (00 39 012 289 78 84) is near the ice rink at the top of the village and specialises in traditional cuisine.
- The Kilt (00 39 012 287 80 51) at the bottom of the resort is a favourite spot for pizzas and warm, welcoming service.
Après-ski and nightlife
While a lot of après is limited to hotel bars, there’s still a lively atmosphere to be found in town. The Gran Bouc’s bar is very popular and often has live music, along with liberal shots of Genepi liqueur.
Also popular is the Gallo Cedrone where libations include grappa-soaked sugar cubes to fuel the karaoke evenings. The Disco Pub Murphy’s Igloo is also a good bar-nightspot and buzzes till late.