Doppio Malto's craft beer worth the price
By NORMAN LLAMAS | Stars and Stripes | Published: December 31, 2019
For all you craft beer lovers out there — and for those who like gastropub fare — there’s a new Doppio Malto at the Granfiume Gran shopping mall, about half an hour from Aviano.
Don’t be put off by the restaurant’s location or the fact that it’s part of a chain with locations all over Italy. Their craft beers have won multiple awards, including a gold medal for one called Crash at the European Beer Star 2019 competition in Nuremberg, Germany. It was the second competition medal since 2015 for the bittersweet beer described as containing flavors of “chestnut honey, American hop and caramel.”
Inside the brightly colored, hard-to-miss building that houses Doppio Malto in the mall, you’ll find a dining area that’s just as colorful as the outside. There’s lots of seating, a huge bar with all of their brews on tap, plenty of TVs to watch sporting events on, two big play areas for kids, and those giant metal beer fermenting tanks.
The servers are friendly, fast and speak English. The menu is extensive and everything we ordered was delicious.
My wife and I had the mixed grill, along with grilled vegetables and fried potato wedges. The serving size was huge — more than enough for the two of us.
Other menu choices included American favorites like chicken wings and onion rings, really good salads, burgers, ribs, barbecue chicken, sausages, even personal pizzas.
My kids loved the fried potato wedges and the fried onion rings — so much so that we ordered two servings of the onion rings.
Doppio Malto offers desserts, but we had eaten so much by the time we got that far, we didn’t order any.
If you’re not hungry, no worries. Many people come here for the craft beers, which don’t disappoint.
I suggest ordering the beer sampler, which comes with four small glasses of various craft beers. There are several IPAs in both mellow session styles and the hop-monster varieties, as well as a chocolate stout, a German-style white, an English ale and others.
The prices are, for the most part, average, but if you order more than one craft beer and the mixed grill for two, then eating at Doppio Malto will generally cost you more than you’d probably pay to dine at other local restaurants. But the food, the service and those craft beers are worth the extra money.
Address: Via Maestri del Lavoro, 42, 33080 Fiume Veneto PN, Italy
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Food: Grilled meats, hamburgers, salads; late-night menu; no kids’ menu available.
Drinks: Craft beers, wine, and a full bar with an extensive alcoholic beverage selection; fountain sodas, juice, water, and coffee. Bottled craft beers are available to take home.
Prices: About 11 to 17 Euros ($13 to $19) for most meals
Menu: Italian and English. Most of the workers speak English and are very helpful.