Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Pavia

La Torre degli Aquila

It is almost worth a trip to Pavia just to eat in Dimo and Maria's medieval tower. Although rooted in tradition, the sensational cooking is highly creative. Homemade pistachio bread is followed by tender black bean …
Top Choice Italian in Bellagio

Ristorante Silvio

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

Osteria Sali 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 Ristorante in Tremezzo

Al Veluu

Situated on a steep hillside with panoramic lake views from its terrace, this excellent restaurant serves up home-cooked dishes that are prepared with great pride. They also reflect Lake Como's seasonal produce, so …
Top Choice Italian in Bergamo

Noi

Thirty-something chef Tommaso Spagnolo learned his craft at celebrated restaurants in London and New York (including the top-rated Eleven Madison Park) before returning to his hometown to open this creative osteria …
Top Choice Italian in Lenno

Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento

Tucked down a narrow lane in the tiny village of Mezzegra, this charming spot cooks up beautifully prepared regional dishes. The small menu, which changes by day, features three different starters, three first cours…
Top Choice Italian in Cernobbio

Materia

The talk of the town is this enticing Zen-like space, a 10-minute walk from the waterfront. Materia sources many herbs (including unusual varieties) and vegetables from its own greenhouse, and its daring menu pushes…
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 Italian in Como

Cascina Respaù

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