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While on Lake Como make sure not to go to the restaurants in Bellagio or any other tourist trap area because those restaurants can be pretty pricey. Take a drive along the lake and stop off in some out of the way towns on the lake that are not as well known and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Find a trattoria and you will eat well without spending much money. One thing about a trattoria though is that there aren't any menus, you eat whatever the cook has prepared that day.
A meal will cost you between 10-15 euros per person with a litre of house wine.
Updated Jul 23, 2009
My Italian pal took us for a meal here and we really enjoyed our lunch there. It was very busy when we were there, clients were a mixture of locals and tourists. Waiter was very friendly and helpful, though we didn't really deal with him, as my pen friend did all the talking being the only one of us who spoke Italian. Ambience was lovely too and the bathroom was spotless.
Favorite Dish: We had different meats as antipasto...good but too salty. My friend and I had pizza, after all we were in Italy! My pal had risotto, which she said was excellent and it indeed looked delicious. Pizzas were very good too, though the problem I face everywhere is salt. I use very little salt or none at all when I cook and usually find any food in any restaurant too salty and it was the case here too. For the rest of the day I was drinking lots of water. Later when we had coffee I drank a 1,5-litre bottle of water and I was still thirsty.
Written May 18, 2008
Address: P.zza Matteotti 1, 22100 COMO
Phone: 031-304 522
This is a veeeeeeeeery BEAUTIFUL restaurant at the main square in Cernobbio, by the lake side, where the boat station, heroes monument and children playground are. :) It's quite small, but impossible not to detect as it is the only restaurant/bar over there! :) It is almost entirely glass-walled, with wonderful overview on the square, lake and everything around. You have a feeling that you're outdoors. They have a good heating system and you won't be cold even in winter, although glass is not so thick.
Behind the restaurant there are swimming pools. In winter - ice rinks as they're frozen! :-)
The food is YUMMY!!! They have the very best calzone I have ever had, and try it with aromatic olive oil with added hot peppers (olio al peperoncino).
Note: in winter they might close for a few months! Usually they are closed in November, December and January. BUMMER!!!
Updated Apr 11, 2008
Address: Piazza Risorgimento 5/a, 22012 Cernobbio (CO)
Phone: +39 031 513835
Family-run restaurant, pizzeria, bar, bed&breakfast on several floors on the cliffs above Como lake in Nesso, overlooking the stunning l'orrido di Nesso (sort of a gorge) and the lake itself. The owners are extremely kind, friendly and hospitable and the food is delicious!
Favorite Dish: Calzone!
Written Dec 16, 2007
Address: Piazza Roma, 10 - Nesso (CO)
Phone: +39 031 910871
A very nice and cozy place near Laglio, on the left bank of the Como lake. It's decorated in the old countryside style, with wooden ceiling and rustic ornaments and items. The food is great (delicious calzone liscio), but the staff is not the kindest in the world. The cashier is even rude, vile and very Nazi in her disposition. However, the atmosphere is pleasant. You might also run onto George Clooney, as his villa in Laglio is just a couple of hundreds of meters away. :)
Note: It's closed on Mondays.
Updated Nov 26, 2007
Address: Via Regina Vecchia, 131 - 22010 Carate Urio (CO)
Phone: +39 031 400352
Located on a sidestreet two back and parallel to Como's waterfront drag, a most non-descript entrance hides a spacious and bright dining room suitable for small or large groups. Frequented by locals as well as visitors, the restaurant boasts an excellent seafood menu as well as pizza/pasta and meat dishes ranging from 10-25 EU. I enjoyed immensely a well-presented mixed seafood grill that included trout, crayfish, shrimp, and some sort of whitefish, octopus.
Favorite Dish: see above
Written Oct 26, 2007
Address: 22100 COMO-via coloniola, 18-zona S. Agostino
Phone: 031 303478-3100134
I hate to use the "example" given by VT but in this case - you definitely gotta try the fresh seafood! Earlier that day it was swimming in Lake Como... at lunch it's on your plate. It's that fresh and that good. Neither Mom nor I are seafood fans, and we really enjoyed the food here.
Written Jun 28, 2007
Look at that view! The food was forgettable but the view wasn't. We enjoyed the Prosecco and I had pasta amatriciana and Mom had pizza. Not great but not bad. But would you look at what we drank to!
Favorite Dish: Prosecco and the view.
Written Jun 19, 2007
Address: on the water...
On the only island of the lake there is this wonderful restaurant. The menu has been the same for over 50 years, and it's deliciou: you truly feel the freshness of the food. In combination to a perfect atmosphere this dinner was a wonderful experience.
Awesome is also the list of famous people who visited the restaurant: just have a look here http://www.comacina.it/isola/locanda_contactus.htm
The price is 58 Euro, but it's all inclusive. You can drink as much vine as you want!!
I can only advise don't miss this restaurant if you are in the region!
Written Apr 3, 2007
Address: Isola Comacina
Phone: ++39 0344 56755
This is another splendid pizzeria in Cernobbio. Its location is not spectacular - it's right on the main road to Como facing the street, but they have a very delicious calzone! Odd enough, Cernobbio has the best pizza's I've ever had! This is the second place I tried in Cernobbio, and it was splendid again! They are not limited to pizza only, they have an exuberant menu of Italian food, they are also specialised in rice, but I haven't tried any of that. The interior is lovely, all in glass looking on the back yard. And the service is FAST!
Written Nov 27, 2006
Address: Via Regina 33/b, 22012 Cernobbio (CO)
Phone: +39 031 342317