Top Choice 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 filets with vanilla-cauliflower puree are m…
Top Choice Fusion in Ascona


Super-chic Ecco flaunts two Michelin stars. Chef Rolf Fliegauf runs the stove and works wonders with carefully selected seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are richly aromatic, edible works of art – be it Nor…
Top Choice Gourmet in Lugano

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 fish and seafood, with ingredient-focused specialities such as l…
French in Lugano

Al Portone

Bold artworks grace this contemporary gourmet haunt, while Francis plies you with such French-infused delights as Provençale-style roast lamb and wild Breton seabass with tomato compote and black olive sauce.
Italian in Lugano

Bottegone del Vino

Favoured by the lunchtime banking brigade, this place has a season-driven menu that might include specialities such as ravioli stuffed with fine Tuscan Chianina beef. Knowledgeable waiters fuss around the tables and…
International in Lugano

Grand Café Al Porto

Going strong since 1803, this cafe is the vision of old-world grandeur with its polished wood panelling and pineapple-shaped chandeliers. The tortes, pastries and fruit cakes are irresistible.
Swiss in Lugano

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.
Italian in Locarno

Osteria Chiara

Tucked away on a cobbled lane, this has all the cosy feel of a grotto. Sit at granite tables beneath the pergola or at timber tables by the fireplace for homemade ravioli and hearty meat dishes such as veal with cha…
Gourmet 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…
Ticinese in Bellinzona

Grotto Val d’Ambra

At traditional Grotto Val d’Ambra in Personico, try brasato (braised beef) with home-produced wine in the chestnut-shaded garden.