Cristina's home at the foot of the Monte Ceneri Pass not only offers a culinary experience. The building, which was built back in 1450, also has a lot more to offer, including the 22-metre-deep well shaft in the old vaulted cellar. "The house was constructed in 1450", explains Cristina. "Back then, there were sometimes robbers on the Monte Ceneri Pass. At this time, nobody wanted to go outside during the night; it was simply too dangerous. And this is why the well had to be built inside the house". Water was something that was always needed, as in those days the large building was a popular location for travellers. People would stop off here, receive food from the priests at the church right next door, exchange their tired horses and spend the night in one of the small rooms.
The building later became the "Fattoria", the farm of Cristina's grandfather Emilio Olgiati. Today, Swiss Tavolata guests can choose where they eat at the venue. For example, in the elegant and tastefully decorated "salone" or in the cosy and rustic "grotto", which is how the Albertonis refer to the farm's old kitchen. The "salone" and "grotto" each have space for 10 to 12 people. Those who come as a group of four can take a seat at the old granite table in the farm's wonderful inner courtyard. And if you need even more space, additional tables can be set under the barn's canopy. However, guests always get to enjoy the drinks reception in the cosy pergola situated inside the farm.