Restaurants

Italian in Bellinzona

Trattoria Cantinin dal Gatt

Slip up a cobblestone side street to find this cracking little trattoria, brimming with warmth and bonhomie. The brick-vaulted interior is an inviting spot for digging into big Italian flavours courtesy of Tuscan ch…
Italian in Bellinzona

Locanda Orico

Seasonality is the name of the game at this Michelin-starred temple to good food, housed in a slickly converted palazzo in the old town. Creations such as pumpkin gnocchi in jugged chamois meat, and wild turbot with…
Italian in Bellinzona

Osteria Mistral

Luca Braghelli takes pride in local sourcing and makes the most of whatever is in season at this smart, intimate osteria. Be it homemade pasta or autumn venison, everything is cooked to a T and expertly matched with…
Italian in Bellinzona

Grottino Ticinese di Bellinzona

It's worth going the extra mile to experience convivial Ticinese-style dining in a grotto. This one is the real deal, with a tree-shaded terrace, warm hospitality and hearty home cooking. The menu swings with the se…
Italian in Bellinzona

Casa del Popolo

Taking pride in local sourcing and keeping things as seasonal as possible, this buzzy bistro is a good option close to the train station. Besides pizza, there are plenty of well-prepared classics on the menu, from m…
Market in Bellinzona

Mercato di Bellinzona

Fresh produce from Alpine cheeses to fresh bread, salumi and fruit is sold at the Saturday morning market in the lanes of the historic centre on and around Piazza Nosetto. Take the lead of locals and turn it into an…
Italian in Bellinzona

Grotto Val d’Ambra

At off-the-beaten-track Grotto Val d’Ambra in Personico, try brasato (beef braised in red wine) with home-produced wine in the chestnut-shaded garden. Personico is 25km north of Bellinzona and you need your own car …
Pizza in Bellinzona

Giardino Pizzeria

Giardino attracts a faithful local following for its pizza – thin, crisp and delicious. The house special B'zona comes with parmesan, cured meat, tomatoes and rocket. They also do more substantial mains – from oven …
Italian in Bellinzona

Ristorante Castelgrande

It’s not often you get the chance to eat inside a Unesco World Heritage Site. The medieval castle setting alone is enough to bewitch. Seasonal specialities like pike perch fillets with vanilla-cauliflower puree are …
Italian in Bellinzona

Grotto Castelgrande

For the best view of Bellinzona’s illuminated castles, book a table on the vine-strewn terrace of this atmospheric vaulted cellar for dishes such as fillet of beef served with porcini mushrooms and Grana cheese.