Tremezzo/Lago Como lunch spots/casual dining?
I'll be in Tremezzo for a week starting April 3rd. Will be hiking around and traveling to Bellagio/Como? etc. during the day by myself while my companion is at a conference. Looking for some recommendations for places to grab lunch/snacks/regional specialities while out and about. Will travel for good eats. Dinner recommendations also welcome, as are general touring recommendations if anyone feels inclined.
PS- I have a special deep and abiding love for carciofi (artichokes) prepared in all ways, so extra love is extended to anyone who can point me to a dish of divine spring artichokes.
Follow up: Thank you all very much for your suggestions! I had a lovely time in and around Bellagio and Varenna, and did a lot of hiking and grazing during the days I was on the lake... I can report back that I had a splendid evening meal at the Hotel La Darsena in Tremezzo one evening. In spite of the name, I got the impression that La Darsena is primarily a lovely restaraunt with several guest rooms above. The dining room, which looks out over the water toward the Bellagio peninsula, was filled with happy, bubbly italians... and the food, primarily local ingredients and regional preparations, was excellent. Wanted to give them props on Chowhound.
Not to be missed in Bellagio is a restaurant called LaPunta (the point). It is right at the edge of the water and the food is the best. Pasta is over the top and I do remember good veggies being served with secondi...I think we can assume they'll be artichokes. Of course, I was there in the fall.
In Bellagio, the Villa Serbelloni, has two restaurants.
The main restaurant is a bit formal, but the lower level restaurant, on the lake is quite beautiful, the food is delicious, and the prices quite moderate considering the setting.
I highly recommend it.
You should take a walk around the grounds of the Villa, as well.
We stayed in Bellagio at the Albergo Silvio (just outside the town in the village of Loppia). We had dinner there 2 nights (they serve lunch also) and the food was superb. They catch all their fish in the lake. The must haves are the lavarello sauteed with parsley and garlic, and the lasagne (made with crepes instead of pasta) with fish ragu. Prices are low to moderate. Quality is very high. The view over the lake is breathtaking. You can get there from the center of Bellagio by walking up the narrow road or paying a few euros to walk through the Melfi gardens. Try to reserve if you can because it is popular with locals and gets very busy at dinner. Lunch is probably easier.