Restaurant in Cortina

El Zoco Restaurant

Cortina d'Ampezzo


It has been more than 40 years that the restaurant El Zoco is the place to go for the lovers of fined dining.
Everything from the furniture to the way we cook is thought to give a relaxing and pleasing meal.
The open concept restaurant with coal fired grill gives a unique atmosphere beside cooking fantastic meat and vegetables.

The wooden and warm place is well-finished but informal.
Nicolò Zardini owner of the restaurant offers his big experience and a reliable  stuff.

The outside terrace allows,in the summer and when the weather is nice,to eat looking at the most beautiful mountains in Cortina.
On the grass,loungers are provided for the guest for a nice afternoon while the children are playing.

We accept reservations for lunch, dinner and special occasion.
 Nicolò helps any guest to make the right choice in food and wine.
The cellar offers more than 200 different wine from all over Italy, specifically from Veneto and Alto Adige.

Gluten free dishes are always available, better on open request.
We are happy to accommodate you  in the best way.

Off season Monday the restaurant is closed.

Our kitchen

Our kitchen offers traditional dishes from Ampezzo and the Dolomites as well as from other regions of Italy: unforgettable homemade dumplings and raviolis  from a very old recipe.

The grill meat of cows from Cortina, renowned since times immemorial is an old favorite, but we suggest that you must taste ours first courses as well as our homemade desserts.

Our cooking highlight genuine flavors and the presentation of these dishes enhances the overall experience.

Our ingredients of the best quality are purchased from well known providers, local when possible. We strive to respect the natural cycle of the products, therefore in the fall you will find, for exemplum, pumpking gnocchi and risotto with radicchio from Treviso, hot cereal soup and  apple and pear strudel.

In summer you could find gnocchi of ricotta with fresh tomatoes, strudel with peaches or with cherries, homemade gelato of wild mix berries.

All year around you will find tortellini made with potatoes, inspired from those “Culurgiones” Sardegnos of grandma Lucia, our well known spaghetti “al pugno chiuso” or “ciaspes” au gratin; you will love our home made pate, made in the old traditional way  and with secrete ingredients.

We suggest our first rate snails Bourguignon style and for the enthusiastic , grill “rognoncini”; you can’t overlook  our steaks, “Florentina” or “Tartare”, the grilled lamb chops with integral polenta or with potatoes ”Ampezzo” style,  sauté with onions and speck.

And then… well, relax and enjoy because it will take time to prepare such a glorious food, you must eat it to believe it.

The location

Restaurant El Zoco sits on a magnificent location, offering spectacular views to our customers.


Accessible on foot or  by mountain bike from the center of Cortina d’Ampezzo, along  the route  of the former railway, El  Zoco  is  located in the resort  Cademai, on route 51 Alemagna  toward   Dobbiaco  and Austria. Coming from  the north, the venue is located at the entrance of  Cortina, near the junction to the hospital Codivilla-Putti.


Ideal point of departure and arrival for  those who love sports, is only  a  five minutes drive from the entrance of the Natural Park of the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo, a few minutes from the  Faloria  and  Freccia nel Cielo cable cards, from the Olympic Ice Stadium, from the Guargne-Mietres chair lift, from the heliport, from the cross-country track and the Fiames Sport Center.



The roof terrace of the restaurant is perfect for those who want to see the   mountains of Cortina from Pomagagnon to Cristallo and to Faloria, and from  Becco di Mezzodi to Tofane.


The large parking is reserved for clients who arrive in cars, motorcycles, buses or campers.


In El  Zoco   you  can find with confidence taste, beauty and comfort.


We are looking to see you soon!





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