Restaurants

Swiss in Lugano

La Tinèra

Huddled down a backstreet near Piazza di Riforma, this convivial, rustic restaurant rolls out extremely tasty Ticinese home cooking. You might begin, say, with homemade salumi, moving on to polenta with porcini mush…
Swiss in Valle Maggia

Grotto Ca’ Rossa

Spilling onto a flower-strewn garden in summer and with a log fire blazing in winter, this grotto (rustic Ticino-style inn or restaurant) is an atmospheric spot for Ticinese specialities, from homemade pasta to butt…
Swiss in Monte Generoso

Fiore di Pietra

Bearing Mario Botta's distinctive hallmark, the 'Flower of Stone' is a striking new addition to Monte Generoso. It houses a restaurant where chef Luca Bassan brings dishes with a seasonal touch to the table – from p…
Swiss in Valle Maggia

La Froda

With a cracking view of Foroglio's wispy falls from its terrace, this osteria is simply lovely. Sit at one of five timber tables by the fireside for heaped servings of melt-in-the-mouth stinco di maiale (pork shank)…
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…
Swiss in Lugano

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 polen…
Swiss in Val Verzasca

Grotto Efra

From the terrace you can look out to a waterfall darting over a wooded cliff face at this delightful little grotto. The polenta and costine (spare ribs) are cooked to perfection and there's occasionally someone stru…
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.