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Il Comacino

A new venture affiliated with the plush Avenue Hotel, Comacino offers food as theatre, especially if you sit at the chef’s table (technically a couple of bar stools), which brings you eyeball to eyeball with the...

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Cascina Respaù

Amid the lush greenery high above Como, this small rustic restaurant feels like an idyllic escape from the sometimes maddening crowds along the lake. Charming hosts, delicious homemade dishes and a cosy setting...

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Osteria del Gallo

An ageless osteria (casual tavern) that looks exactly the part. In the wood-lined checker-clothed dining room, wine bottles and other goodies fill the shelves, and diners sit at small timber tables to tuck into...

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Natta Café

Atmosphere counts for a lot in this old stone-arched cafe-cum-bistro-cum–wine bar. Add mood lighting, mezzanine tables, and a trance-y music soundtrack to the fast-appearing, simple-but-effective food and you've...

Tuscan in Como

Ristorante da Rino

When the (acclaimed) specialities of the house all involve truffles, you know you're onto a good thing. They're all over the menu here, including truffles with tagliolini (thin ribbon pasta), risotto and eggs....

Italian in Como

Enoteca 84

Set outside Como's pedestrianised core, Enoteca 84 is a snug local restaurant carrying a well-curated list of local wines. It serves a handful of traditional dishes, which might include lavarello (white fish) in...

Trattoria in Como

Crotto del Sergente

Although it's a bit of a trek (4km southeast of Como's centre), the delectable Slow Food cooking at this characterful crotto ('grotto') makes it well worth the effort. Set in a barrel-vaulted brick dining room,...

Burgers in Como

Mystic Burger

Come the weekend and you’ll be hard-pressed to squeeze into the grotto-style dining room of this burger joint where young comaschi come to down Baladin craft beers and scoff gourmet hamburgers stuffed with...

Italian in Como

Ristorante Bellavista

Ride the funicular up to Brunate to dine in this peaceful historic villa a few steps up from the top station, with great views over the lake. The place is essentially one dining room with an adjoining terrace for...

Trattoria in Como

Castiglioni

Going strong since 1958, Castiglioni's wonderful deli has evolved to include an enoteca (wine bar; situated 50m around the corner) and a lunch-only restaurant. Sample dozens of local vintages with plates of sweet...

Cafe in Como

Sartoria Ciclistica

Sartoria is part cafe plying its own coffee beans (backed up by muffins and toasted panini), and part bike store selling cycling paraphernalia – we’re talking old-fashioned pink Giro jerseys, soft peaked caps,...

Italian in Como

Pronobis

Set in a quiet side-street, this self-styled bottega con ristoro (wine shop with refreshments) serves a quality short menu featuring excellent cold cuts of sweet Chianina beef, tuna and wild boar, soft Taleggio...

Italian in Como

Ristorante Sociale

A workaday street round the back of the Duomo is an unlikely spot for such a bewitching restaurant. The menu is packed with local meat and lake produce, and might feature perch and porcini mushrooms. Tuck in...

Gelato in Como

Gelateria Ceccato

For generations comaschi (Como residents) have turned to Ceccato for their Sunday-afternoon gelato and then embarked on a ritual passeggiata (stroll) with their dripping cones along the lake shore. You can do no...

Italian in Como

Il Pinzimonio

Enter via the pizza oven (not literally) into the modern two-level space of Pinzimonio with its casual demeanour and simple Mondrian colour aesthetic. The specialty here is cutlets (chicken or pork) served with a...

Italian in Como

Osteria Angolo del Silenzio

The 'Corner of Silence' lives up to its name with a succession of dining rooms and a fine rear garden. Locals mix with the occasional celeb hoping to pass off unobserved while digging into the succulent filetti...

Italian in Como

La Vita è Bella

For something a little different, head to this congenial, easy-going spot near Como's waterfront. Famed far and wide for bountiful, creatively topped salads, La Vita also serves up good pastas, grilled meats and...