Lago Maggiore restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Ascona


Super-chic Ecco flaunts two Michelin stars and dining here is an event. Chef Rolf Fliegauf runs the stove and works wonders with carefully selected seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are richly aromatic, edi…
Italian in Locarno

Osteria Chiara

Hidden up a flight of steps, Osteria Chiara has all the cosy feel of a grotto (rustic Ticino-style inn or restaurant). Sit at granite tables beneath the pergola or at timber tables by the fireplace for homemade past…
Italian in Locarno

Locanda Locarnese

Elegant rusticity sums up this smart restaurant, with its beamed ceiling, crisp white tablecloths and open fire, as well as a smattering of pavement seating. It's a romantic and intimate choice for season-driven dis…
Fusion in Locarno

Osteria del Centenario

Down by the lake, this is a top culinary address, turning out creative fusion dishes like pigeon served two ways with green curry and lime, and panna cotta with adzuki beans, matcha-tea sauce and vanilla. Service is…
Ticinese in Ascona

Antica Osteria Vacchini

Sizzling and stirring since 1685, this restaurant stays true to the best of Ticinese traditions, with a rustic, vaulted interior and a large terrace for warm-weather dining. The house special is piodadella della Val…
Italian in Locarno

Bottega del Vino

One for oenophiles, this bottle-lined wine bar and bistro has a convivial vibe and simple but spot-on dishes such as asparagus salad with parmesan, steak tartare and Sicilian-style tuna with tomatoes, capers and oli…
Swiss in Ascona

Grottino Ticinese

If you're craving the rustic warmth and simplicity of a Ticinese grotto, this is your place. There's an attractive garden for summer day dining and a menu jam-packed with local faves like polenta, brasato (beef brai…
Cafe in Locarno

Caffe dell Arte

This classy, light-filled cafe is right at home in Locarno's old town with some outdoor tables on the lane, free wi-fi and a small but light menu that includes plates of local cheeses or lasagna.
Pizza in Locarno


Even locals rave about the crisp, flavoursome takeaway pizza at this hole-in-the-wall snack spot. Delizioso!