Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Riva del Garda & Around

Restel de Fer

Going to the restaurant at this family-run locanda (inn) feels like dropping by a friend's rustic-chic house: expect worn leather armchairs, copper cooking pots and glinting blue glass. The menu focuses on seasonal,…
Top Choice Trattoria in Salò

Al Cantinone

It's well worth heading just a few streets back from the waterfront to track down this friendly neighbourhood trattoria, home to gingham tablecloths, fabulous cooking smells and a clutch of regulars playing cards in…
Top Choice Agriturismo in Valtenesi

Agriturismo i Vegher

Well worth the journey along unsurfaced roads and the long booking lead times (book at least a month in advance for holiday weekends, otherwise about two weeks), I Vegher is a place you'll want to arrive at hungry. …
Top Choice Osteria in Riva del Garda & Around

Osteria Le Servite

Tucked away in Arco's wine-growing region, this elegant little osteria (tavern) serves dishes that are so seasonal the menu changes weekly. You might be eating mimosa gnocchi, tender salmerino (Arctic char) or organ…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Sirmione

La Rucola 2.0

Boasting a Michelin star, Sirmione's best eatery is a refined affair. A recent makeover lends modern freshness to the experience while the chefs add a touch of class to a menu strong on sea and lake fish. Expect sea…
Top Choice Osteria in Bardolino

Il Giardino delle Esperidi

Holidaying gourmets should head for this intimate little osteria, where sourcing local delicacies is a labour of love for its sommelier-owner. The intensely flavoured baked truffles with parmigiano reggiano (Parmesa…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Malcesine

Vecchia Malcesine

The lake views from the terrace at hillside Vecchia Malcesine do their best to upstage the food. But the Michelin-starred menu wins; its exquisitely presented, creative dishes might include trout with horseradish, s…
Top Choice Seafood in Desenzano del Garda

La Goccia Trattoria

Positioned well back from the lake front, La Goccia is a fantastic find, especially for fish lovers. With a chef who hails from Puglia you can expect the freshest seafood carpaccio followed by fragrant home-made pas…
Top Choice Cafe in Garda & Punta San Vigilio

Taverna San Vigilio

With an olive-tree-shaded garden and tables strung out along a tiny crab-claw harbour, the Taverna San Vigilio is one of the most atmospheric bars on the lake. Nibbles include lobster, veal and prosciutto crudo (cur…
Gastronomy in Gargnano

La Tortuga

Despite its homey appearance Michelin-starred La Tortuga serves a sophisticated menu without undue pomp and ceremony. Appreciative diners at its handful of tables enjoy Garda classics such as pasta with lake perch i…