For a visual treat, visit this baroque house practically bursting with atmosphere. There's a collection of antiques and the tables are covered with lace. The restaurant is in a 15th-century hamlet that alone is worth the trip -- 13km (8 miles) from Lugano on the road to Bellinzona. The excellent menu features a selection of homemade pastas, including green tagliolini with scampi. Two types of risotto are offered, one of them cooked delectably in champagne. Fresh fish looms large on the menu, including a selection of "fruits of the sea" gratinée with zabaglione. Main meat dishes are likely to include a veal mignon, veal kidneys cooked with sherry, a mixed medley of meats, or perhaps alpine-style lamb roasted aromatically with fresh herbs. Instead of dessert, such as one of the cold soufflés, many diners prefer to end their meal with a regional cheese of the Ticino. The wine list includes some 500 wines from all over the world.
If you're looking for a romantic place to spend the night, there are three well-maintained suites here, which cost 235F ($193/£100) for two, including breakfast.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010
- tel: 091/945-28-71
- fax: 091/945-27-23
- Lugano CH-6807
- Tues-Sat noon-2pm; Mon-Sat 7-10pm
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