Sakura: Sushi, real Sushi
I usually come to this reataurant when I visit my swiss friends in Melide. They are sushi lover and I must admitt this is actually one of the best sushi I tried in Italy. The chef is Japanese which is something not easy to find these days when most sushi restaurants are run by chinese. Everything we tried here was good but, once out of the menù he let us taste the tuna's fish which was actually excellent.
Expect tp ay more than 40€ per person.
Favorite Dish: The miso soup with tempura.Related to:
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This is a brewery, a very large one where you are supposed to drink their beer.
May be I am getting old but when I go for a beer I expect a more intimate place where tables are not one next to other like in a work canteen.
The service is fast, may be even too fast and the food is nothing special.
Favorite Dish: It is not expensive.Related to:
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La Colombetta: seafood, but not only
Very nice restaurant located in the old town of Como.
This restaurant offres above all Sardinian dishes, especially fish and seafood ones.
It suites very good if you are looking for a romantic place, for an elegant party or just to have very good quality food.
The prices are very high, and the portions are NOT huge, but for a special occasion it is absolutely the right place.
Don't miss to try the Sardinian bread with a little bit of olive oil and salt!
It is absolutely recommended to reserve the table in advance.Related to:
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Le Soste Como: Excellent pizza
Down in the backstreets of Como on the Via Armando Diaz is the contemporary Le Soste Como and their excellent pizzas.
Built into the ground floor of the 18th century building, its all arches and exposed brickwork and, whilst over-busy in terms of design (there's just too much going on and in reality needs plain and straight white walls) it's nevertheless a funky little place with a small outdoor bar on the street.
Pizzas are excellent and very good value for Classic (6.50 - 7 euros) to Specials (6.50 - 9 euros).
Favorite Dish: Pizza!
Le Molo: Great coffee and even better view
Needing coffee? Want a view? Then Le Molo is the perfect answer.
Extremely friendly little cafe that in spite of its location with a superb view of the lake seems to be more popular with the locals than tourists. Grab a table on the outside terrace and watch the world walk past you and enjoy the views looking westwards towards the neoclassical Villa Olmo across the lake.
Simply walk along the eastern shoreline - the cafe is a couple of hundred metres beyond the railway station.
Favorite Dish: Coffee!
Le Colonne: Pizza!
I had the best pizza ever! Or maybe I was just overly hungry. However, I enjoyed it very much.
Service was great. We dined in a glass-enclosed extension of the restaurant, like outdoor dining except inside the glass.
Favorite Dish: The pizza!
Ristorante RINO: tuscany
The interior reminds me of the 40s. I liked the atmosphere.
familiar...very nice. Food is simply great, truffles, mushrooms and meat, like the typical fiorentina.
Favorite Dish: Pezze della priora but my husband took some pasta with a boar sauce that was delicious.
Sushibar Borgovico: Sushi in Como
Ok, this is not a typical Lombardian restaurant, neither an italian one.
But sometimes it's nice to taste something different and this brand new sushibar it's interesting: very small, well furnished and in a good location (near the Station Como S. Giovanni).Related to:
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Osteria L'angolo del Silenzio: Excellent lake fishes
Let's start traslating the name: Osteria the silence corner.
Once you enter(at least on sunday) you think they are pulling your leggs as the rooms are extremely crowded and noisy.It must be a popular restaurant for celebrations, so on sunday it's everything but silent.Fortunatly they have a small backyard outside with just 2 tables and being an open space, you can even smoke there.The food is excellent they have a quite long menu with different fish, meat and pasta local dishes.
Favorite Dish: Luccio salad was a great entry and then the pheasant ravioli were really excellent.I usually do not go crazy for sweet but could not resist to a grape and chocolate one.It's closedRelated to:
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Il Birrificio di Como: Prosit!
It's the biggest brewery in Italy.
It's in Via Pasquale Paoli, not far from the highway exit "Como sud", in the district of Camerlata.
It's a huge restaurant with a lot of good beer ("home-made").
Il Giardino: Fantasy on the table
The restaurant is located on a small hill and you need to climb some stairs to get there. But it is worth it. The food is fantastic with some traditional dishes created with an original touch.
The atmosphere is familiar with all tables in one room with fireplace.
A bit noisy on a Saturday night, it can be absolutely enjoyable in other times. In summer they have tables in a cosy garden.
Favorite Dish: Linguine con pomodorini gamberi e zucchine: long pasta with cherry tomatoes, prawns and zucchini. Simply delicious.Related to:
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Il Pomodorino: Excellent Dinner In The Centre of Como
It would be very easy to pass by this lovely restaurant without noticing it. It's in a very narrow side-street in the centre of Como and apart from the sign outside, is not immediately visible. The door opens straight onto a flight of stairs but when you get to the top, a cocophany of noise greets you and you find yourself in the middle of a very busy restaurant. When I visited, the clientele appeared to me mainly locals but I was immediately greeted by a very friendly waiter and shown to a table that felt comfortable for me as a single diner.
I ordered a pizza and a glass of wine but the waiter said I could have a carafe for the same price and wouldn't entertain the idea of me refusing it. Both the food and the wine were delicious and what I paid for the wine would hardly buy you a glass of good wine in the UK.
All in all, eating here was a wonderful experience and when I saw the waiter in the street a few days later, he remembered me and said hello... which I thought was nice as he must see an awful lot of people in the course of his job.
Favorite Dish: Pizza... couldn't have anything else as Como is reputed to be where pizza originated from.
Don't know: Inefficient Restaurant in Piazza Cavour
On the first day, we decided to go and have pasta from a restaurant in Piazza Cavour, one of the most renowed piazzas in Como. The restaurant seemed very chic and we decided to give it a try. I ordered lasagna, and after just 5 mins it was already on my table. How efficient I thought. But it was all the contrary. While burning hot from the top, it was very cold in the middle, and to add insult to injury, it wasn't brought in a normal plate, but in a plastic container. It was very rude of them to present the meal in that way. Just as I finished with it (or half of it cause I did not feel like eating it all), the waiter came and demanded money, cause according to him, rain was soon approaching and he was afraid that everyone would go away without paying. VERY VERY RUDE indeed.
Pasticceria Monti: Rude service and microwaved food
We were treated very poorly here, it took us forever to be waited on (compared to how long it took other people to be served) and when we did get our food it was a very small portion and microwaved. The small sandwiches and olives served before our meal was the only thing that tasted good this night. The view was very nice, but did not make up for the poor quality of the food. Assuridly there are much better choices for dining in Como, we just weren't fortunate enough to find one.
Favorite Dish: The food was lousy, but it was a beautiful night to eat outside with a nice view of the lake.
Despite the odd temperamental chef and the occasional conniption by an offended sommelier, the haute cuisine world is known for its plummy-toned sophistication and cravated-civility...until truffle season hits. When those ugly looking mushrooms start to spore, law-abiding citizens come over all cosa nostra and everything gets a little bent out of shape.
Shady backroom deals, truffle smuggling, poaching rings, wholesale swindling and organised truffle racketeering are as much a part of the season as Périgueux sauces and shroomy pastas. The scarcity of the subterranean fungus, coupled with its unique flavour (a pungent earthy flavour that sends gourmands into orgasmic raptures) and the labour-intensive hunt for a handful of the stuff has, in recent times, sent the price rocketing to US$500 per kilogram.
The two types of tuber melanosporum that a true truffle aficionado would risk doing time for are the 'black diamond' truffle from the Perigord region in France and the white truffle unearthed from the Piemonte region of Italy. The black diamond has a strong woodsy scent while the white truffle has more of a garlicky overtone, but both types are universally adored by foodies. To get the most out of a truffle it should be eaten within three days of being picked, and is at its best thinly shaved over rice or risotto, mixed into an omelette or made into a rich Périgueux meat sauce.
Favorite Dish: Eating fresh truffles means being on the spot, ready to go, as soon as they spore. The place to do this is in the Italian city of Alba, in the region of Piemonte, at the end of September when the annual Fiero del Tartufo (Truffle Fair) takes place. It's worth visiting the old medieval town for a few days before the fair to acclimatise yourself for a fortnight of indulgent dining. Alba is a gourmand's arcadia - rows of Italian delicatessens stocked with homemade condiments, difficult-to-get ingredients and hardly-heard-of regional delicacies.
The fair itself begins in the last weekend in September and heats up with a parade followed by the Palio degli asini - a bareback mule race that cheekily moons the nearby town of Asti and its more serious horse race. By the second weekend in October the fair swings into full gear with cultural events galore, wine-tasting aplenty, a fungi display in the Palazzo dei Congress, and the chance to have truffles with everything.
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