Restaurants

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…
Top Choice Italian in Cannobio

Grotto Sant’Anna

This Ticino-style grotto (traditional inn) overlooks the thundering gorge that is the Orrido di Sant’Anna. Granite tables and benches located under a thick-leafed pergola provide a ringside seat to this natural phen…
Top Choice Ristorante in Stresa

Ristorante Il Vicoletto

One of the most popular restaurants in Stresa, Il Vicoletto has a delectable regional menu including lake trout, wild asparagus, and traditional risotto with radicchio and Taleggio (cheese). The dining room is modes…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Verbania

Ristorante Milano

The setting really is hard to beat: Milano directly overlooks Pallanza's minuscule horseshoe-shaped harbour (200m south of the ferry jetty), with a scattering of tables sitting on lakeside lawns amid the trees. It's…
Top Choice Osteria in Verbania

Osteria Castello

Its 100-plus years of history run like a rich seam through this enchanting osteria, where archive photos and bottles line the walls. Order a glass of wine from the vast selection; sample some ham; or tuck into the p…
Italian in Cannobio

L'Imbuto

Widely praised by locals, L'Imbuto is a modern, convivial lakeside restaurant that serves up creative, expertly prepared dishes that are excellent value for the money. Creative antipasti like polpo con mozzarella, p…
Modern Italian in Cannobio

Lo Scalo

Cannobio's best restaurant, Lo Scalo serves cuisine that is sophisticated and precise, featuring dishes such as a suckling pig with spring onions and black garlic, and ricotta and tomato gnocchi with clams. The two-…
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…
Ristorante in Arona

Taverna del Pittore

What is possibly Largo Maggiore's most romantic restaurant has a waterside terrace and views of the illuminated Rocca di Angera fortress at night. The refined food is no less fabulous, with squid, duck and octopus t…
Trattoria in Stresa

La Botte

Regional dishes are at the heart of this tiny trattoria’s business, so expect grilled lake fish, boar fillets and plenty of polenta (the version with sauteed mushrooms is superb). The decor is old-style osteria (cas…