Lake Maggiore -- Sirmione
I know Como but am looking for somewhere smaller and less city-ish and thought a few days in Sirmione or somewhere on Lago Maggiore would be better. Anyone got any suggestions for good restaurants (and a hotel, if you know one) in the area?
Sirmione is on Lake Garda not Maggiore. It's also one of the most touristy places on the lakes. If you're thinking of Garda, I'd advise Garnano instead, hotel Villa Guilia, restaurant La Tortuga, a Michelin 1 star at one time, small quaint, excellent food. Or Hotel San Vigilio with its own terrific restaurant, though more austrian than Italian in both decor and food. Another nice little town on the lake is Torre del Benaco. I think the hotel there just bears the town name.
If you really are thinking Maggiore, I recommend Cannero Riviera and the Hotel Cannero, directly on the steamer stop. It's restaurant is ok. Europa nearby may be better bet. Nothing spectacular foodwise, but the views from te front-facing rooms of the hotel are excellent. Enjoy