Lunch with a Lakeview
Guide to Lombardy's Lake restaurants
The lakes of Lombardy are a feast for your eyes at any occasion.
Each different season of the year reveals different surprises from a culinary angle.
There are lots of charming places along these shores.
Let's start at Lake Maggiore. On the east side, there is an essential destination called Sole di Ranco, a large restaurant that counts with an elegant relais and magnificent bedrooms where patrons can stay.
With an outstanding view of the lake, an outstanding cuisine by talented chef Davide Brovelli, who was entrusted with the reins of the kitchen by his father years ago, it also offers an unforgettable outdoor experience under the arbor during summertime at its charming terrace.
There is a new place at Cernobbio that will surely have a bright future Casa Santo Stefano, located inside an ancient villa that has been wisely restored by Rinaldo Maesani. From its large windows you will be able to get a view that sweeps over the lake and enjoy the refined dishes of Davide Caranchini and the impeccable service of his wife, Ambra Sberna.
Another interesting restaurant in is Trattoria del Glicine, led by the entertaining and passionate Mario Pozzi. This beautiful venue can be reached by going to the famous Villa Erba, childhood home of Luchino Visconti, alongside via Vittorio Veneto, in order to enjoy the charming landscape. In summer, it is possible to have lunch or dinner at the terrace under the shade of centuries-old wisterias.
The interior of its astonishing hall boast distinct wainscoting and decorations from the early XXth century.
On the area of Lecco, made famous by Manzoni, you should stop by Griso di Malgrate, a local beacon of flavor.
If you're heading towards Garda, then Manerba is a mandatory destination. There you can taste the specialties of Capriccio. A charming restaurant with a terrace that will treat you to an outstanding lacustrine scenery.
Gardone guards another dreamlike stop: Lido84. Its owners, brothers Riccardo (chef) and Giancarlo (maitre) Camanini, have turned it into an outstanding example of Italian cuisine. Its charming, romantic structure stands close to the water, with a view to Benaco. The cuisine is equally enthralling, full of exciting nuances and an impeccable service.
You cannot leave the lake area without stopping by the Esplanade, with a garden that spreads into the lakeshore. When there is warm weather, you can sit at an exclusive table on the pier, allowing you to dine above water. It will be perfect to stage a romantical evening for two.