Italy Lake District
- zoe Jun 17, 2006 03:16 PM
I'll be staying near Lake Maggiore for a week. Can anyone recommend not to be missed places to eat? I will have a car.
If you are going to Como, there is a very small family run restaurant Ristorante Rino.
We have been going there at least twice a trip for years.
They specialize in porcini, truffles, and any wild mushroom available.
Last month we ate a whole grilled fresh porcini mushroom as an appetizer.
The centre was the texture of marrow.
The risotto, or pasta with black truffles is delicious, and the slivers of truffle almost entirely cover the dish.
Very generous portions.
The surprise is the price.
They are very reasonable for what they serve.
If you are going to Milan, my DH and I both agreed that the best meal we had eaten in the past year was Craco-Peck in Milan.
We had seen a negative review, and almost didn't go, but our meal was perfect.
The innovative cooking was well balanced,, no froth dishes (thank God), and each dish had an unusual but great tasting twist.
I guess I gushed so much over the meal that I was invited into the kitchen to meet Chef Craco.
We stayed here our last night before flying out of Malpensa. It's a small 12 room hotel with a beautiful terrace resto overlooking a lake. We had a four hour long meal - the chef's tasting menu - that my in laws still talk about. I think I ended up just handing them all the Euros I had left.
20 minutes drive from the airport in the morning after an equally grand brekkie.
If you will be in Stresa or Baveno on the SW side, take the short boat to visit Isola Bella - absolutely beautiful villa! The boats also go to Isola Pescatore and you may find a good seafood place there.
If you are going to be in Pallanza, try Osteria Dell'Angolo. Great spelt pasta cacio e pepe and terrific tagliata. It's on a corner (hence "angolo") and can be a little hard to find because of the bushes around the terrace. If you are standing with your back to the ferry building, it's a couple of blocks to your right and across the street. For something fancy, dinner at the Grand Hotel Majestic is very nice - we had wonderful bistecca fiorentina and risotto with foie gras to die for.