Aerial View - Al Veluu, Lake Como, Italy

Al Veluu

In a lovely bucolic setting on a hillside in Tremezzo, Al Veluu is a lovely spot for alfresco dining.

Albergo Ristorante Vapore

A beautiful waterfront restaurant in the town of Torno and just a short walk from Il Sereno hotel, Albergo Ristorante Vapore offers alfresco dining and a grand dining room where patrons can enjoy simple Italian fare such as homemade pastas and risottos.
Boating at Crotto dei Platani,  Lake Como, Italy

Crotto dei Platani

Patrons of this Como classic can arrive via car or boat, but half of the experience is the water arrival in a private boat. Though the atmosphere is casual, the restaurant is extremely serious about food, as evidenced by chef Andrea Cremonesi’s liberal use of shaved fresh truffles. The fish on the menu is caught fresh each morning, the pasta is handmade, the presentations are exquisite and the flavors memorable. This is the perfect stop after a visit to nearby Villa Balbianello.

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Exterior View - Gelateria Lariana, Lake Como, Italy

Gelateria Lariana

Located in Como town, this gelateria is a local favorite and the best spot for a sweet treat in town. Grab a cone and enjoy it on one of the park benches that line the waterfront.

Food at Giardino Ristorante Pizzeria, Lake Como, Italy

Giardino Ristorante Pizzeria

Despite what one might think, few restaurants in Como actually serve pizza, so when a craving strikes for casual Italian cuisine, no restaurant satisfies like Giardino. The homey spot in Cernobbio, just a short walk from Villa d’Este, is a favorite among locals and visitors, who gather on one of the three greenery-laden terraces to feast on comfort food classics including saffron risotto, lamb chops and any of the 50-odd pizzas on offer (all of which are made with whole wheat crust).

Il Sereno Al Lago Restaurant

Located within the luxurious confines of Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como, Michelin-starred Il Sereno Al Lago is a culinary haven serving Lombard classics (including many plant-based options) and contemporary interpretations of Italian favorites. The open-air terrace offers panoramic views of the lake.

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Locanda dell’Isola Comacina

One of the favorite rituals of locals is lunch at Locanda dell’Isola, the only restaurant on the only island on the lake. It’s a tightly scripted experience, which is part of its charm: after you arrive by boat, you are led on a short tour of Comacina Island followed by a long, leisurely meal with a set multi-course menu that the owners have been serving since 1947. It features copious antipasto, prosciutto, grilled salmon trout from the lake, crispy roast chicken and a dessert of oranges with vanilla gelato coupled with café flambé (that is said to bestow the drinker with good luck). Each dish has a symbolic meaning, which is explained by the staff, along with the history of the island. Cash only.

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Aerial View : Ristoriante Il Gatto Nero, Lake Como, Italy

Ristorante Il Gatto Nero

The crowd at Il Gatto Nero is glamorous (George Clooney is a regular), the mood celebratory, the views sublime and the food quite good, with an emphasis on local seafood. The main dining room is cozy and candlelit, with walls of books and a quirky décor featuring lots of cat tchotkes, but the prime seating is on the terrace, which boasts breathtaking views of Como town and the lake. Note: Recent patrons argue the cuisine declined after the passing of the beloved longtime chef.

Ristorante Visteria

Ristorante Visteria is the fine dining restaurant at Hotel Royal Victoria, where guests can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic indoor-outdoor atmosphere under the veranda with sweeping views of Lake Como.

Riva Café Como

Located in Como town, Riva Café Como is a great option for families or travelers looking for a casual meal. The classic Italian restaurant is best known for its oval-shaped, thin-crust pizzas, which come in many varieties. There is a lovely terrace, which is nice during the warm months.
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Trattoria del Glicine

One of the best restaurants in Lake Como, Trattoria del Glicine is a great option for a low-key night out and features a beautiful alfresco terrace.

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