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Top Choice Ristorante in Isola Superiore (Isola dei Pescatori)

Casabella

The setting is bewitching – right by the shore – and the food is acclaimed. The admirably short menu might feature home-smoked beef with spinach, blanched squid with ricotta or perfectly cooked lake fish. Leave room…
Palace in Isola Bella

Palazzo Borromeo

Presiding over 10 tiers of spectacular terraced gardens roamed by peacocks, this baroque palace is arguably Lake Maggiore's finest building. Wandering the grounds and 1st floor reveals guestrooms, studies and recept…
Island in Borromean Islands

Isola Madre

The closest of the three islands to Verbania, Isola Madre is entirely taken up by the Palazzo Madre and the lovely gardens that surround it. The 16th- to 18th-century Palazzo Madre is a wonderfully decadent structur…
Italian in Isola Bella

Elvezia

With its rambling rooms, fish-themed portico and upstairs pergola-and-balcony dining area, this is the best spot on Isola Bella for home cooking. Dishes include ricotta-stuffed ravioli, various risottos and lake fis…
Italian in Isola Superiore (Isola dei Pescatori)

La Pescheria

Choose between a vine-covered terrace overlooking the lake and the terracotta-hued interior dining rooms at this friendly restaurant. Start things off with misto di filetti di lago (a combination of lake fish) and f…
Italian in Isola Superiore (Isola dei Pescatori)

Osteria Ara 36

Set back from the waterfront, you’ll have to go the extra mile to eat at this charming osteria with its pretty painted ceilings, pergola-covered patio and refined menu. Bowls of fish carbonara and turbot in a salt c…
Ceramics in Isola Superiore (Isola dei Pescatori)

Concreta

Souvenir stalls have arrived on Isola Superiore but this charming little ceramics shop is a serious studio, making perfectly executed pieces in cracked raku glaze in a range of lake-inspired colours. Potter, Wanda P…