Are you wondering where to eat in Lake Como? Lecco, Bellagio, Lenno or maybe in Tramezzo? Lake Como is a big Y-shaped lake near Milan and it covers a quite a vast area in Northern Italy. It’s hard to pick a place to eat when the view is this amazing and all narrow streets carry a nice smell of fish. In order to save you from trouble, here is our guide to eat in 10 best restaurants in Lake Como area.
Lake Como is full of tiny and very charming villages all scattered around. There are one floor houses as well as majestic ancient villas on the lake shore. The area is known for the lake fishes – obviously. Which are supposed to be caught in season and according to the strict regulations. So it’s not a surprise here that you will be eating mostly fresh water fish and seafood here. You can be assured that the area is very talented about preparing both of them.
A few of signature Lake Como dishes are polenta uncia – a type of polenta with garlic, butter and local cheese, pesce in carpione – any type of fish from lake which is fried and then marinated in vinegar. Also missoltini – which is the most traditional recipe from Como made with a salted and dried fish. All of them you can taste in the restaurants mentioned below and you can even experience further! We hope you enjoy this delicious journey!
1. ANTICA TRATTORIA DEL RISORGIMENTO
Antica Trattoria is a small restaurant that offers tasting menu up to 4 courses in a tiny village called Mezzegra. Along the pebble covered street, you will see the hanging sign outside of trattoria. If you don’t want to have a course menu they also work with a la carte. Signature dishes include milk-fed suckling pig and also selection of Como lake fish antipasto.
Address: Azzano di Via Sant’Abbondio 8, Mezzegra
Phone:+39 0344 41789
2. TRATTORIA SAN GIACOMO
When you are climbing through the steep hills in Bellagio, San Giacomo will be your savior. It’s a smart casual restaurant. Dishes are more served in a home-cooked tyle. Prices are also budget friendly, considering other places in town. If it is lunch time you can go for their fix menu as well. Order lake fish and some pasta here –don’t forget the wine and you’re good to go!
Address: Salita Serbelloni 45, Bellagio
Phone: +39 031 950329
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Wandering the streets of Bellagio… The restaurant on the right offers cushions for guests to sit on the cobblestone steps with a glass of wine while waiting for a table or to simply enjoy this classic view of Lake Como. Further down the steps are several shops where you can buy beautiful silk items which the area is known for. #bellagio #italy #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #gltlove #thetravelwomen #ladiesgoneglobal #femmetravel #girlsthatwander #wearetravelgirls #darlingescapes #passionpassport #liketkit #ootd #travelstyle #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #beautifuldestinations #pursuepretty #whitedress
3. TERAZZA BARCHETTA
Another beautiful find in Bellagio is Terazza Barchetta. In a street filled with colorfully decorated balconies, they have a terrace where you can have your lunch or dinner. On the menu you will mostly see traditional Bellagio dishes along with Como cuisine. That means a good selection of fish as a main dish or fish sauce based pasta or risotto. Make sure you book a place as there is limited seating in the terrace.
Address: Salita Antonio Mella 15 , Bellagio
Phone: +39 031 951389
4. MARKET PLACE
Market Place is opened by Chef Davide Maci in 2011. It focuses on high quality ingredients and expert cooking techniques to create a tasteful journey for the guests. The menu changes according to the season. They offer 2 different tasting menus but also have a la carte option. Here you will see very refined plates of monkfish, Ombrina fish and also traditional classic such as goat cheese ravioli with a unique touch.
Address: Via Gerolamo Borsieri 21, Como
Phone: +39 031 270712
L’Orangeri is a part of CastaDiva Resort and Spa. The restaurant has one of the most magnificent views of Lake Como in its terrace. You have the ambiance, view, quality service and a well prepared menu here. As a fine dining restaurant they offer 4 different tasting menus made especially for summer. Of course, it’s more expensive than other restaurant in the area. For an important occasion like an anniversary or a birthday, it’s an amazing place.
Address: Via Enrico Caronti 69, Blevio
Phone: +39 331 307 0116
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In case you want to spice it up and have a Michelin-starred experience: Mistral is waiting in Bellagio. Mistral is a very innovative Italian kitchen. They focus on molecular gastronomy techniques to recreate traditional Italian dishes. Ice creams served along with the desserts are nitrogen based ones – it’s a feast for the eyes as well. Menu is Mediterranean influenced and mostly fish based. Make sure you make a reservation and check on the dress code for your visit.
Address: Via Roma 1, Bellagio
Phone: +39 031 956435
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L’orchestra che suona, come sul Titanic, tra architetture elegantemente retrò, sfarzose e decadenti, mentre il crepuscolo inonda la terrazza affacciata sul lago. Un set da romanzo di Hemingway o da film di Scorsese, di notevole pregio. La cucina regala alcune perle, ma si specchia un po’ troppo nella sua tecnica, perdendo di vista la sostanza. Il servizio è gentile, a tratti invadente, ma mai ineducato. Un’esperienza di valore, imperdibile per la sua bellezza, accettabile per il resto. / The orchestra that plays, like on the Titanic, between elegantly retro, luxurious and decadent architectures, while the twilight floods the terrace overlooking the lake. A novel set by Hemingway or by Scorsese's film, of remarkable value. The cuisine offers some pearls, but it reflects a bit 'too much in its technique, losing sight of the substance. The service is kind, sometimes intrusive, but never uneducated. An experience of value, unmissable for its beauty, acceptable for the rest. ———————————————————————— Cena in quel ramo del Lago di Como / Dinner in that branch of the Lake Como Restaurant: “Mistral” Chef: Ettore Bocchia Wine: San Leonardo, 2008 Location: Bellagio (CO), Lombardia, Italy Price: €€€€ Sunflowers: ???? #love #food #instagood #picoftheday #yummy #foodlover #foodporn #foodphotography #foodstagram #beautiful #michelin #star #EttoreBocchia #SanLeonardo #Como #Lombardia
Nicolin is another upscale restaurant located in outside center of Lecco. It also offers accommodation above the restaurant. The menu is either a la carte or tasting menu. Tasting menus split into two: Mare and Terra. These mean the menus are focused either on the sea –mare or on the earth – terra. Chef Giovanni creates an atmosphere sophisticated yet cozy and cordial at the same time. Service is very professional as well. Also good to know: Nicolin is a Michelin recommended spot.
Address: Via Amilcare Ponchielli 54, Lecco
Phone: +39 0341 422122
8. LA VITA E BELLA
La Vita e Bella offers more moderately priced and home-cooking style dishes in central Como. The name of the place literally translated as “Life is beautiful”. When you eat here you will feel that spirit as well. Menu has more than 50 style of salads, they are known for their delicious insalata. However traditional Italian dishes like pasta, risotto or fish dishes are also guests’ favorites here. Come here if you want to enjoy more casual and home-like environment.
Address: Piazza Domenico Croggi 4, Como, Italy
Phone: +39 031 302667
9. I TIGLI IN THEORIA
I Tigli in Theoria is one of the best known and popular restaurants in central Como area. The reason is actually very obvious: The balance and refinery of their food, the professional service and the creation of the menu. You can go for tasting menu or a la carte. If you want to have slightly less pricey menu, go there in lunch and have their short version of tasting menu. The palace where the restaurant is situated is also very historical. So you may wander around before your meal as well to see.
Address: Via Aurelio Bianchi Giovini 41, Como
Phone: +39 031 305272
10. AL VELUU
Al Veluu is no stranger to international royal families as it’s one of the spots most preferred by them in Lake Como area. Along with the accommodation options, they have an exquisite restaurant with an astonishing view seeing Lake Como. The philosophy behind their menu is to grow their ingredients as much as they can and serve when it’s fresh. They make their own limoncello as well – make sure you have a shot after your meal.
Address: Via Rogaro 11, 22019, Tremezzina
Phone: +39 0344 40510