Even the Swiss get excited about eating out in Ticino, where a generous pinch of Italian flair and ingredients shine through in the kitchen. Try dishes like polenta (creamy maize cornmeal) and brasato (beef braised in red wine) with red merlot that hails from local vines at osterias, grotti (rustic eateries) or lake-facing restaurants. Cafe culture is big here: snag a chair on any piazza to linger over coffee and people-watching.