BEFeD’s chicken dinner is a winner in Aviano
Chicken has got to be the most universal and readily available meat around the world. But finding great chicken, flavorful and perfectly seasoned, is always a challenge.
Luckily for those stationed at Aviano Air Base, BEFeD is a short drive away.
BEFeD is a small chain restaurant founded in Aviano in 1996 by four friends whose idea was to have a place where you could feel good while dining out.
They imagined it and brought it to life, adding their own craft beers, lots of good music and the delicious chicken that you can eat using your hands. And thus, the BEFeD magic was born. Today, the chain has grown to 26 sites.
The location where I often take my family is in the outskirts of Sacile’s city center, in Via Mazzini. The restaurant isn’t as big as the Aviano site, so sometimes there is a wait, but it’s worth it. The restaurant is fun, lively and friendly, plus the servers all speak English well.
The chicken, or “galletto,” is from a local supplier and especially bred for BEFeD and prepared according to their proprietary recipe.
All of their chicken is cooked over a smoldering slab of wood, imparting a smoky flavor that gives it a delicate, tender taste with a hint of heat.
The chicken meals, available on pieces or as a whole bird, are served with a side of French fries, sauce and toast. Grilled vegetables can be substituted or added.
Besides the staple fare, the restaurant has burgers, club sandwiches, french fries and in-house beers. Among the specials are seasonal beers, honey beer, orange-flavored beer, a white and a marzen.
At the entrance to their restaurants, a full peanut cauldron welcomes you. Like the Texas Roadhouse chain in the U.S., you can throw the shells on the floor.
The soundtrack played inside is an internal music collection of popular Italian classics that many in the restaurant sing to.
The restaurants are family friendly and offer a large kids’ menu that includes hot dogs, burger bites and, of course, chicken. These offerings all come with fries and a special pink sauce.
Address: Via Mazzini 33, Sacile, Italy
Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m; Dinner Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday: 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Food: chicken, burgers, sandwiches, salads
Drinks: Artisanal beer selection, brewed in-house; full bar with alcoholic beverages; normal selection of fountain drinks, juice and coffee.
Prices: About 12 to 15 euros ($14 to $17) for most meals.
Menu: Italian and English. Food is also available for takeout.
Phone: Sacile location, 0434-70610
Information: To book a catered event, you must call the respective location where you plan to host your event. You can find each location’s contact number on the official website: www.befed.it/it/home.