Lago di Viverone really is a place for total relaxation and there is nothing better than sitting looking out over millpond still water enjoying a coffee or a cold beer after your promenade along the lakeside. Actually, there was somtehing slightly odd about sitting outside looking at the completely snow-clad Alps whilst it was warm enough to be sitting in a Tshirt.
There are many small lakeside cafes, although in April, not all of them were open yet, and the one featured here is in the tip merely because it was the one we used. It is almost adjacent to the jetty in Communa and the people there were friendly. As well as drinks, there is also a selection of snacks / light meals (toasted snadwiches and the like). The views are lovely and it seems as good a place as any to spend a bit of time.
In fairness, as I said in the introduction to the Lago di viverone pages, there is not a huge amount to do off-season (I visited in April), although that really isn't the point of the place.
If you do feel like doing something a little more energetic than sitting over a coffee looking at the breathtaking scenery from a lakeside cafe, my advice is to take a walk along the well-maintained footpath that runs alongside the lake. You will be rewarded with some spectacular views, which are hopefully reflected (pardon the pun) in my photographs.
One of the main acticity in Viverone is just walking along the lake. There is a wide new promenade in Viverone town and here it's where most of the activities take place.
I had been in Italy for a few of days and had consistently found myself "trapped in the indecision of another fine menu" to quote a line from an old song. Having spent every evening sampling fine Italian cuisine, I had yet to try a pizza, and my friend decided that we should go to a place she knew of old which she recommended.
As always, if you want to know, ask a local, as my friend had certainly picked a winner. As you can see from the photo, the restaurant actually looks like a rather large house, and indeed the family who own the place live upstairs. Actually, the exterior id deceiving. Once inside, the dining room is quite large, nicely appointed, and with an open kitchen which I always take to be a good sign in any establishment.
The pizzas are cooked in a proper wood fired oven and, I have to say, for my first proper Italian pizza, it really was excellent. I opted for the seafood pizza (marinare? - sorry, my Italian is nearly non-existent) which had a perfectly cooked crust and laden with all sorts of goodies.
Although pizza is obviously the speciality here, there is a good menu of other dishes as well. The wine list was comprehensive and not overly expensive.
Service was friendly and attentive, although, it was quite quiet being midweek and off-season.
Two pizzas, water, bottle of wine, coffees and a digestif all came to €37 which, considering the quality of the food, I thought was very good value given local prices.
Although Il Dollaro is a little bit out of town and you need to drive there, it is well worth seeking out. A delight.
Favorite Dish: I have only eaten there once, although I would love to again, and the seafood pizza, as described above, was absolutely perfect.
"Palafitta" means "pile dwelling".
This music bar is centrally located on central Viverone boulevard.
There are usually live performances of traditional italian country music ("ballo liscio") in the weekends.
In Central Viverone there is a small pier where it is possible to go water skiing at a reasonable price. All the necessary gear can be hired on site and the staff is very friendly.
The Viverone lake is large and deep more than enough for good sailing. It is possible to hire a sail boat for a day and there are a few small tourist harbours around the lake.