Best restaurants in Lago di Lugano

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    Arté al Lago

    This Michelin-starred restaurant at the exclusive lakefront Villa Castagnola is Lugano’s culinary star. Chef Frank Oerthle does remarkable things with meat and seafood, with ingredient-focused, deceptively simple-sounding specialities like porcini mushroom with glazed quail breast, and venison medallions with pumpkin and cocoa. Gaze out across the lake through the picture windows or up to the contemporary artworks gracing the walls.

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    Metamorphosis

    One for special occasions, Metamorphosis is housed in Lugano's futuristic Palazzo Mantegazza, right by the lakeshore. Chef Luca Bellanca walks the culinary high-wire, bringing simple, natural Mediterranean flavours to life with imagination and flair in dishes such as mushroom tagliatelle with vanilla and blueberries, and lamb loin with fennel, plums and sweet potatoes. Bus 431 to Paradiso stops nearby.

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    La Tinèra

    Huddled down a backstreet near Piazza della Riforma, this convivial, rustic restaurant rolls out extremely tasty Ticinese home cooking. You might begin, say, with homemade salumi (cured meats), moving on to polenta with porcini mushrooms or meltingly tender osso buco. Simply pair with a good Merlot from the region.

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    Al Portone

    Bold artworks grace this contemporary gourmet haunt, while Francis plies you with such season-infused taste sensations as scallops and caviar on a bed of seaweed with passion vinaigrette, pumpkin ravioli with sage sauce, and freshly made parpadelle with wild-boar ragout.

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    Trani

    Follow the cobbled steps down from Via Cattedrale to this enticing little osteria. The candlelit, brick-vaulted interior is a wonderfully intimate setting for antipasti, home-made pasta bursting with flavour, and grilled fish and meats.

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    Pasta e Pesto

    Doing pretty much what it says on the tin, this cute little place near Cattedrale di San Lorenzo has a pocket-size terrace for digging into fresh home-made pasta with a variety of toppings.

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    Bottegone del Vino

    Favoured by Lugano's downtown banking brigade, this place has a season-driven menu, with ever-changing lunch and dinner options scrawled on the blackboard daily. Expect specialities such as ravioli stuffed with fine Tuscan Chianina beef, accompanied by a wide selection of local wines. Knowledgable waiters fuss around the tables and are only too happy to suggest the perfect Ticino tipple.

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    La Cucina di Alice

    With an atmosphere that's both refined and relaxed and attentive service, this sweet little restaurant opposite Lugano's lakefront serves up classic homemade pastas alongside creative surprises like wild boar with dark chocolate fondant. The blackboard menu is awash in top-of-the-line Ticinese wines. Desserts like homemade orange-rosemary sorbetto make for a memorable finish.

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    Grotto del Pep

    In the best of grotto traditions, this cheery place up on a hill has a huge terrace shaded by trees and chipper staff. Go for the house specialities like roasted kid and brasato (beef braised in red wine) with polenta. The large, juicy ribs are bang on the money, too.

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    L’Antica Osteria del Porto

    Set back from Lugano’s sailing club, this is the place for local fish and Ticinese dishes like polenta crostini with porcini. The terrace overlooking the Cassarate stream is pleasant, as are the lake views.

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    Chocolat Gelateria

    Up the steps on Via Cattedrale, this hole-in-the-wall gelateria is a great place to grab a cone, with flavours ranging from classic strawberry to chilli mandarin.

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    Vanini

    With a prime people-watching terrace on Piazza della Riforma, Vanini is a firm favourite among locals for its quality gelato. Grab a cone to go or take a pew.