Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Riva del Garda & Around

Restel de Fer

Going to the restaurant at this family-run locanda 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, local…
Top Choice Agriturismo in Valtenesi

Agriturismo i Vegher

As you bump down the unsurfaced lanes between vines and olive trees you may think you're lost, but don't give up. I Vegher is worth the persistence and the long booking lead times (book at least a month in advance f…
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 Trattoria in Salò

Al Cantione

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 Osteria in Riva del Garda & Around

Osteria Le Servite

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

La Goccia Trattoria

Positioned well back from the lakefront, 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 homemade pasta…
Top Choice Osteria in Bardolino

Il Giardino delle Esperidi

Bardolino's gourmets 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 (Parmesan) are…
Top Choice Gelato in Riva del Garda & Around

Cristallo Caffè

More than 60 flavours of artisanal gelato are served up in this lakeside cafe, crafted by the Panciera family, which has been making gelato since 1892. It's also a top spot to sip a spritz (cocktail made with Prosec…
Top Choice Pizza in Salò

Ristorante Papillon

Surprisingly good thin-crust pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. Enjoy them lakeside beside the weeping willow, but watch out for the pushy, pizza-loving ducks.
Modern Italian in Salò

Antica Trattoria alle Rose

Go with the flow in this elegant trattoria where Rosanna Faè and Gianni Briarava have been turning out contemporary, local cuisine for 25 years. Say yes to the parade of mixed antipasti – the zucchini souffle in a p…