WHEN: Mon 10.00-19.00, Tue-Fri 09.00-22.00, Sat 09.00-19.00
WHAT: Meat becomes pure art at Hatecke, an upscale butchery and bistro which brings the highest quality organic cuts from farmers in the Lower Engadin Valley to Zurich’s Löwenplatz. There’s a story behind every product, which the affable owners—the fourth-generation father-and-son team Ludwig and David Hatecke—are more than happy to share along with a sample of delicately sliced sausage and, if it’s Apéro hour, a glass of red wine. Tucked into the central Alps, on the cusp where Switzerland meets Italy and Austria, the Lower Engadin—or Engiadina Bassa in the region’s Romansh dialect, Switzerland’s fourth official language—is a remote region of breath-taking mountainous beauty, scattered with pure blue lakes, hairpin-bend roads, and traditional villages. It’s also become known for its high-quality produce, largely thanks to the century-long legacy of one family. A butchery that began as a humble delivery service has, over the years, transformed into a high-end concept delicatessen and eatery with five outposts across the country, including Zurich, just 2.5 hours’ drive from the Lower Engadin.