Top Choice Cremonese in Cremona

Hosteria '700

Behind the dilapidated facade lurks a sparkling gem. Some of the vaulted rooms come with ceiling frescoes, dark timber tables come with ancient wooden chairs, and the hearty Lombard cuisine comes at a refreshingly c…
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); a scattering of tables sits on lakeside lawns amid the trees. It's an idyl…
Top Choice Italian in Triangolo Lariano

Albergo Silvio

Operating since 1919, this place must be getting something right to achieve the seemingly unanimous acclaim. Simple food at reasonable prices combine with lovely views over the lake. You might start with a riso e fi…
Top Choice Italian in Lake Como East Bank

Sale e Tabacchi

Tucked away in the hamlet of Maggiana, signposted 3km uphill from lakeside Mandello del Lario (home to the legendary Moto Guzzi motorcycle manufacturer), an eatery that has appeared in countless Italian good-food gu…
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 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 Ristorante in Isola Superiore (Pescatori)


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 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.
Top Choice Piedmontese in Stresa


The name gives a huge clue as to the focus of this refined ristorante. Regional delights include gnocchi with gorgonzola and hazelnuts; cold veal with tuna sauce; and risotto made using Piedmont's own Barolo wine. T…
Top Choice Milanese in Milan

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello

A real Milanese will tell you that those thin, battered 'elephant ears' that currently masquerade as cotoletta alla Milanese are a poor immitation of the real deal. For authentic Milanese cotoletta take a taxi ride …