This March we headed to Roccarasso for our usual weekend ski trip but decided to make a detour to Pretoro. Slightly easier to get to from Pescara airport, it makes for a perfect day skiing if you arrive on the early morning flight from Stansted. Leave Stansted at 625am, Lunch at Mamma Rosa at midday and hit the slopes for the afternoon ski. Or just hit the slopes right away. After a very winding road through tall beautiful ash trees we climbed 2000 metres above sea level to the resort. Free parking awaited and various facilities Lo Chalet restaurant and ski hire. A 2 hours ski ticket cost 15 Euros with all the slopes to cater for all skiers. It’s not the biggest ski resort in the world and this particular Sunday it was busy, obviously all the locals are hitting the slopes on their weekends off work but its the perfect ski resort for a quick stop and ski. There is a small jump park and I do believe that you can ski all the way down to the Passo Lanciano another resort lower down the mountain. It’s great for small children and young skiers learning.
We headed to Mamma Rosa hotel and restaurant, with views over the Adriatic Sea, it was a clear day and the entire coast line could be seen. Where else can you ski and see the sea at the same time. It was quite warm so really you could have spent the morning at the beach and hit the slopes in the afternoon. That’s what is so great about Abruzzo. It has many hidden spectacular places.
We arrived at Mamma Rosa in a very busy lunch time service. The restaurant is quite big, typical abruzzese style with the waiters & waitresses all smartly dressed. Even though it was busy, we were told we could have a table in 20 minutes and a drink was offered in the bar. Tables were re-arranged and large group arrived and left for lunch. The management swiftly seated customers and the service was exceptional in such a busy place.
The menu was typical abruzzese food. Polenta and Arrosticini, Truffle, lamb. The menu was just right, we ordered the Mamma Rosa Antipasti arriving full of delicious cured meats and artichoke, olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It was delicious. The waiter service was very good, leaving enough time between courses, so you didnt feel rushed.
Tagliatelle with Truffle and funghi, was so yummy, It was polished off before we could even take a snap shot, hand-made gnocchi with pomodoro and mozzarella too was gone in seconds. The second plate was probably the best lamb i have ever eaten in my life. I’ve eaten a lot in Abruzzo, it was sweet and absolutely tasty. Also was the Arrosticini di pecoro, which are small meat pieces on a skewer, a national dish of Abruzzo. Served with Spinach, it was a taste sensation. The house wine was a juicy Red. The cost…very very reasonable indeed. The service was exceptional!
So if you find yourself in Abruzzo, then take a drive up to the Majella National Park to the 2 ski resorts and the Mamma Rosa Restaurant. You wont be disappointed. It’s a great weekend for everyone.