10 Best Restaurants in Lake Como, Italy
Whether it is for a day trip, for a relaxing weekend, or for a stay immersed in nature, Lake Como has always been frequented by tourists who also appreciate good food. In addition, the restaurants of Lake Como are particularly sought after for their outdoor terraces. Therefore a unique opportunity to enjoy a wonderful view together with the opportunity to taste the culinary delicacies of the lake.
From the province of Como to that of Lecco, on the shores of the lake, there are many gourmet restaurants where the food is excellent, and you can drink very well. Here are the most famous ones.
IL SERENO AL LAGO
Via Torrazza 10 – Torno (Como)
Inside the 5-star hotel “Il Sereno” it is possible to sit at the table of the “Berton al Lago” restaurant, one Michelin star, born from the collaboration of the well-known chef Andrea Berton with chef Raffaele Lenzi.
The terrace and the lakefront view of the refined restaurant are worth a visit on their own. The interiors, designed by Patricia Urquiola in a contemporary style, are also unique.
An à la carte menu is offered with typical specialties of the various Italian regions for lunch. For dinner, you can choose from four elaborate tasting menus consisting of several courses paired with the region’s best wines. In fact, the two chefs demonstrate all their talent with four tasting menus: “Classici”, based on lake fish; “Contrasts”, with an alternation of bright and soft flavors; “Vegetables, tubers, and roots”, entirely vegetable; “Trust”, consisting of 9 courses chosen by the chef.
On the menu, several recipes are representative of the Italian culinary tradition, some in the traditional version, others in the local one, such as the eggplant “Parmigiana” or the “Plin” stuffed with lake fish, oil, and sage.
Via Cinque Giornate 32 – Cernobbio (Como)
The “Materia” restaurant, with one Michelin star, is the creative laboratory of chef Davide Caranchini, who works with local products (including much of the vegetable raw material that comes from his garden).
Davide Caranchini is young but has a very respectable curriculum. And in his restaurant “Materia” in Cernobbio, he amazes with a technical cuisine that is at the same time all oriented towards taste. In an environment with a minimal and modern style, but at the same time welcoming, you will be able to try dishes that are the result of research and experimentation.
Everything starts from the choice of the best raw materials available, following the natural rhythms imposed by the seasons, and working closely with small producers. Rediscover the pleasure of being at the table, and you will go on a journey made of emotions, flavors, aromas, and people.
These are some dishes on the menu: Marinated trout, curry, and passion fruit; Tortelli di Bitto, mushroom and mastic broth; venison, black truffle, and foie gras. As a dessert Lemon and licorice.
Località Bagnana 96 – Lezzeno (Como)
This is the restaurant of the “Filario Hotel & Residences” and, like the hotel, it enjoys a magnificent view of the lake. The building, once the site of a cable factory, a typical activity of the area, has been renovated with great attention and stands out for its modern and essential architectural lines.
Lunch and dinner at the “Filo” restaurant are both a culinary experience and a return to origins. In fact, you can taste dishes that are partly linked to the territory and above all dishes that reveal the chef’s Mediterranean origins. There is no shortage of surprises with unexpected combinations.
The restaurant’s kitchen offers the freshest products according to the seasons, transforming every meal into a unique experience. A menu is defined day by day, always maintaining the highest quality. To taste: Raw red shrimp, porcini mushrooms, mozzarella cream, and licorice; Roasted potato ravioli with mushrooms, chestnuts, and pork; Pasta with lobster, smoked provola cheese, and basil; Roasted pork belly, turnip greens, and pomegranate; Scallops and scampi fish, pumpkin, black cabbage, hazelnuts, and yogurt; white chocolate, truffle, and chestnuts.
Via Roma 1 – Bellagio (Como)
The luxurious “Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni” can count on a diversified catering, capable of satisfying an audience with the most diverse tastes. In addition to the “La Goletta” restaurant, welcoming, classy and with an informal touch, we also have the “Mistral” restaurant, one Michelin star, with a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding mountains (the restaurant is bordered by large windows with lake view that can be opened during the summer months).
Both restaurants are directed by chef Ettore Bocchia who, while in the first restaurant pays homage to regional cuisine, in the second one he rewrites Italian tradition with creativity, respecting seasonality.
Great attention to raw materials, creative interpretation of traditional recipes, and research cuisine are the ingredients at the basis of the success of the cuisine by Chef Bocchia, which has become a point of reference for all lovers of gastronomic tourism.
The menu of the Mistral restaurant offers Italian cuisine and molecular cuisine, giving guests an original experience that allows them to discover unusual but always exquisite and surprisingly balanced tastes and combinations.
Via Paolo Carcano 10/12 – Bellagio (Como)
Since 1919 the name “Silvio” has been synonymous with hospitality and the best local cuisine in Bellagio. Overlooking Lake Como, a 15-minute walk from the town center, Albergo Ristorante Silvio is a family-run hotel and a restaurant serving fresh fish and local specialties.
Surrounded by greenery, between the gardens of the neoclassical Villa Melzi and the Romanesque church of S. Maria, “Silvio” is the ideal restaurant for a romantic dinner or a meal with family and friends. From the elegant veranda and the outdoor pergola under the vineyards, it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
The cuisine is simple but refined and showcases traditional local dishes and products. It is proposed with new recipes, mostly based on very fresh fish. The proposal of freshwater fish is still unique and inimitable today. However, the restaurant also boasts an excellent offer as an alternative for those who do not particularly love fish. Among the dishes available: Pike and smoked savetta fish tartare with rocket, celery and apples; Home made tagliolini with pike ragout; Soft fried pike with sour cream flavored with chives.
La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi Restaurant
Via Regina 8 – Tremezzo (Como)
In the sumptuous “Grand Hotel Tremezzo” there is the timeless restaurant “La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi” where, looking at the lake, you can taste the most iconic dishes of the father of Italian haute cuisine.
Gualtiero Marchesi was the first Italian chef to be awarded the three Michelin stars and “La Terrazza” is the only restaurant in the world able to propose his dishes and offer new creations inspired by his unique philosophy. A refined experience based on the meeting between classic and modern, creative and experimental.
Under the supervision of chef Osvaldo Presazzi, Gualtiero Marchesi’s classic dishes are revived; famous and renowned dishes all over the world such as rice and gold; the open ravioli; the Dripping of fish homage to Pollock; the Red and the Black homage to Fontana; Lobster and macaroni. The ingredients are excellent, the techniques and cooking are impeccable.
At the “Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi,” it is possible to taste the dishes of the Master à la carte or, according to one of the seasonal tastings created by Osvaldo Presazzi. Each dish at the “Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi” tells a story.
L’Aria del Mandarin Oriental
Via E. Caronti 69 – Blevio (Como)
The “Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como” resort in Blevio, hosts “L’Aria,” the one-star Michelin restaurant that offers cuisine with a modern and contemporary approach. A sober and light environment, made of large windows and contemporary furnishings, perfectly integrated into the natural and architectural context, is the setting for a relaxing and convivial experience. The starred restaurant “L’Aria” is immersed in the resort’s lush botanical park.
At the restaurant’s helm is resident chef Massimiliano Blasone, who offers Italian dishes with Japanese influences. His cooking techniques enhance the flavor and quality of the best seasonal ingredients, resulting in beautifully elaborate dishes.
Among the dishes on the menu: Salmon and tuna tartare, rice crackers; sea bass with black truffle; Mazara red shrimp in spicy broth; Beef ravioli; Black rice, shellfish, sweet olives; Tomato, grilled aubergines, ginger; Spiced lamb chops with rocket, cress, spinach, cucumber sauce, mushrooms and soy butter; Wagyu and black truffle mayonnaise.
Via per Cernobbio 11 – Como
In the historic center, among the narrow streets of the city of Como, “Feel” is a small and well-kept restaurant that offers refined menus based on local ingredients in an elegant space with rustic-chic furnishings and a summer garden.
Here the chef Federico Beretta continues his work aimed at the exaltation of lake fish with sturgeon tonnè with capers; rice and perch with juniper, lime, and sage; carp accompanied by white celery; watercress and Zincarlin cheese; goose liver ravioli with strawberries; arctic char or bbq eel with corn, rhubarb ketchup, and mushrooms. And finally, the elderberry pie with salted caramel, buckwheat, and buttermilk. But if you want, you can choose among the three tasting menus, one dedicated to fresh water, the second one to the undergrowth, and the third one to the mountain pastures.
The service is impeccable, cared for by the excellent staff, and the author’s cuisine is worth the trip, where lake and alpine traditions are exalted with creativity, in a very strong link with the seasonality of local products. Vegetarian menus are also available.
Alle Darsene di Loppia
Via Melzi d’Eril – Bellagio (Como)
In the splendid setting of the historic center of Bellagio, bordering the botanical gardens of Villa Melzi d’Eril, the restaurant “Alle Darsene di Loppia” is a pleasant and welcoming place where you can taste seasonal menus and attentive to the quality of the basic products.
The restaurant is located in an extremely pleasant position, especially during the summer, when you can stop outside at one of the tables under the pergola, set up right on the edge of the Loppia harbor.
Here you can taste the local dishes, divided between land and fish, from the lake and the sea, among the specialties: homemade cavatelli and shellfish soup; red prawns, purple potato purée and Franciacorta wine sauce; seared scallops with pumpkin cream and black truffle; swordfish carpaccio, olives, capers and candied tomatoes; spaghetti from Gragnano, fresh spring onion, caviar and sour cream; fusilli with cauliflower cream and smoked eel; fried lake fish with vegetables and extra virgin olive oil; fruit salad au gratin with cherry zabaglione. The wine list offers a wide choice of local and national wines.
Ek Bistrot Contemporaneo
Piazza XX Settembre 50 – Lecco
The bistro is an informal place by its nature, where you are not in a hurry and let time take back its own dimension. The “Ek Bistrot Contemporaneo” is undoubtedly the most innovative place in the city of Lecco, born from the friendship between chef Luca Dell’Orto and pizza chef Marco Locatelli.
Their collaboration resulted in a menu that satisfies everyone, consisting of very well-prepared dishes, such as Fassona tartare and panzanella with vegetables from the garden; snails with herbs, porcini mushrooms, parsley sauce; cappelletti with ricotta and stracciatella cheeses, courgettes with basil, oil with lake bottarga; risotto and perch from Lake Como; Brianza sheep crepinette, cabbage, royal sauce; Miroglio duck breast with traditional balsamic vinegar; Raw shrimp, almonds, mandarin; raw seafood with carpaccio of fish, shellfish and “Gillardeau” oyster; Mountain potato dumpling with white rabbit ragout; Cuttlefish tagliatelle, seaweed, saffron; fish from the market, chickpeas, chilli oil. And to conclude fruit mustard; Buckwheat cake, apples, and blueberries.
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