Ristorante Alegria's: Fiesta Mexicana!
The food is very good, but the main reason that makes this place special is the party ambience in the evening, when people start dancing with maracas and sombreros, and the marqueritas and tequilas never stop flowing.
Favorite Dish: Patate olé (potatoes with sourcream and guacamole)
Fonduta latina (fonded cheese over tortillas)
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alegria's: great mexican food, restaurant 2
Mh a small place - a bit hip and loud for my taste maybe - in one of the backstreets of Lugano - but the food is delicious - no it's heavenly! Reservations are mandatory
Favorite Dish: fajitas with gambas... delicious... served with rice and black beans... however the top of the top was the dessert: mango pancakes to die for... with tons of whipped cream!
DIVERS: RESTAURANTS DANS LUGANO
Antica Osteria Italian Around Town
Grotto dei Pescatori Italian Around Town
La Tinera German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Locanda del Boschetto German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Mövenpick Ristorante Parco Ciani Mediterranean Around Town
Motto del Gallo Mediterranean Nearby Dining
Osteria Ticinese da Raffaele German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Principe Leopoldo International Around Town
Ristorante Orologio Italian Around Town
Ristorante Santabbondio Mediterranean Around Town
Ristorante al Portone German/Austrian/Swiss Around Town
Favorite Dish: MOTTO DEL GALLO
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--8 miles (13km) 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 235SF ($129.25) for two, including breakfast.
Hours Mon-Sat noon-2pm and 7-10pm
Location CH-6807 Taverne, Nearby Dining
Transportation Take the unnumbered bus or local train marked Taverne
Reservations Reservations required
Prices Main courses 29SF-49SF ($15.95-$26.95); business lunch 55SF-65SF ($30.25-$35.75); menu degustazione 108SF ($59.40); menu gastronomico 135SF ($74.25)
Gasthaus Obermatt Obermatt, Ennetbürgen; 41-41/620-1323; dinner for two $50.
Park Hotel Vitznau Vitznau, Lucerne; 41-41/397-0101; dinner for two $100.
Old Swiss House 4 Löwenplatz, Lucerne; 41-41/410-6171; lunch for two $50.
L'Auberge de l'Onde St.-Saphorin; 41-21/921-3083; lunch for two $100.
Le Chalet Château-d'Oex; 41-26/924-6677; lunch for two $53.
Jöhri's Talvo 15 Via Gunels, St. Moritz-Champfèr; 41-81/833-4455; dinner for two $225.
Grotto dei Pescatori Caprino; 41-91/923-9867; dinner for two $47.
The following are also recommended:
Veltlinerkeller 11 Via del Bagn, St. Moritz; 41-80/833-4009; dinner for two $73. Authentic atmosphere and good regional food, such as pizzoccheri (gnocchi-like dumplings).
L'Etivaz Cheese Cooperative L'Etivaz; 41-26/924-6281. Take the $6 guided tour, and try the aged cheese called Rebibes.
Osteria Calprino 28 Via Carona, Lugano-Paradiso; 41-91/994-1480; dinner for two $66. A simple spot with wonderful antipasti, risotto al Merlot, and roast goat.
Don't miss the Festival of Wine Growers, a rare spectacular (it's happened only 11 times since 1727) taking place this year in Vevey (July 29-August 15; call 41-21/922-2020 for information).
DIVERS: LAKE LUGANO
The cuisine of Ticino speaks in a rugged northern Italian dialect: soulful risottos, coarse polenta, braised meats, and busecca, a bracing tripe soup, are among the many specialties the canton shares with neighboring Lombardy. Uniquely Ticinese, though, are the grotti, village taverns whose prototypes were actual grottoes used for storing wines and salumi (cured air-dried meats).
Reached by a lulling boat ride from Lugano, Grotto dei Pescatori is completely besieged by regulars. You'll see why as you lounge in the shade of a linden tree, swooning over the setting (granite picnic tables on a terrace that nearly floats on the lake), the wine (vivacious local Merlot poured into dainty ceramic cups), and the food.
Favorite Dish: The salumi here are the gold standard of rustic charcuterie: dense, musky coppa, pancetta, and wild-boar salami, served with five-grain bread. From a small blackboard menu we order the lightly fried perch with a golden squirt of sage-flavored butter and tiny potatoes, and a dense grainy buckwheat polenta with brasato di manzo (braised beef). Afterward, the exhausted proprietor plies us with his famous walnut liqueur and torta di pane, a moist chocolate crumb cake studded with pine nuts.
We contemplate abandoning the car and hiking back to the airport.
king coconut: great indian food
It's a new entry on the local dining scene... the food is very good - both Sri Lankan and Indian. There's an all-you-can-eat buffet for 39 Swiss francs and Friday and Saturday evening which is really good if you want to taste several dishes.
Favorite Dish: When I last went there I tried some really hot king prawns and a slightly less hot chicken.... then 2 sorts of really good rice (listen to the owner and add coconut mixed with paprika on top of it), 2 different sorts of Indian bread (naan and chappati) and plenty of wonderful veggies... including manioca... which I had never atsted before, and which I fell in love with... there was a strange rice pudding for dessert, quite good in fact. And, to finish it all, not very Indian coffee... and yet, one of the best cups of coffee in town.
Dona Juarra: great mexican food, restaurant 1
Dona Juarra is right now one of the most popular restaurants for the young-ish hip crowd... so yes, make reservations many days in advance as it's always packed.
The restaurant decor is lovely and very colourful, and Latin American music is played constantly. The food is really delicious: quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas... I'm not sure I saw chili-con-carne though.
Favorite Dish: One of their specialities is a cactus quesadilla - my friends tried it and found it quite tasteful.
Drinking-wise...you simply have to taste their margaritas...they are really to die for
If you go a little big out of...
If you go a little big out of Luganos City you might find some typical Grotto Restaurants, this is typically Ticino Style and there are a lot if you know where to go, just try it out or ask at the tourism office.
Fraid I havn't the faintest...
Fraid I havn't the faintest idea what this place is called, but it is fantastic. We came here for breakfast every morning both times I was in Lugano. If you are walking from the town centre to the train station you go up a hill which starts at the bottom of the funicular railway. It's kinda got steps at the sides but is cobbled in the middle. This cafe is at the top of the hill as it does a sharp bend left. It has a red/marroon awning and white tables and chairs outside.
This is very much a 'local' sort of cafe, no-one is in a hurry to leave. We took 2.5 hours over our breakfast one morning when it was raining. The food and coffee is excellent, particular recommendations include the freshly squeezed orange juice and the apfel strudel.
Favorite Dish: Cappucino and a Pain au Chocolate. The guys were very impressed with the house omlette.
Ristorante Cantinone: Ristorante Cantinone
Nice outdoor seating on the Piazza Cioccaro. They have a large selection of good sized pizzas and are open daily from 9am to midnight. This was the only restaurant we ate in here and it was on the first night we arrived. By the time we were checked in, etc. at the Montarina it was quite late and a lot of places had already closed. This place is open until midnight, so very convenient! The food was good too! Nice place to eat Italian and drink some wine.
Favorite Dish: pizza
Sayonara is a restaurant that...
Sayonara is a restaurant that proposes some traditional dishes from a north italian region(Piemonte),it is a good place.I know a restaurant called sayonara is supposed to cook sushi or sashimi but who knows why the owners wanted this name.
Favorite Dish: they have typical dishes like fritto misto piemontese or bagna cauda, but they also have pasta and pizza.
FEDERALE on Piazza della...
FEDERALE on Piazza della Riforma (not Hotel Federale!)
In summer, they have the best location on Piazza della Riforma to enjoy the atmosphere while sitting outside
Favorite Dish: a wide choice of good Ticinese dishes, pizza and pasta... and very good ice cream!
GROTTO RITROVO GOLA DI LAGO: GROTTO RITROVO GOLA DI LAGO
Telefon: 091 943 17 62
Favorite Dish: This little restaurant / Grotto is situated out of Lugano driving north direction Tesserete and upwards in the mountain to GOLA DI LAGO. On the way up you will find this traditional grotto on the left side offering specialities of the region: cheese / formaggini / salami / grill specialities / good wine, everything which is really tradition here in this part of Switzerland.
RENO - Ristorante e Pizzeria: RENO - Ristorante e Pizzeria
The restaurant is at the entrance of the village Gravesano, on the big road coming from Lugano-Manno, after the hospital ARS MEDICA on the right side.
The restaurant has very nice decorations inside of it.
Don't miss it. It's really cute. It has as well a cute decorated bar downstairs with music and bar-games.
Favorite Dish: Pizza
Lugano has some very nice...
Lugano has some very nice restaurants, but you shouldn't miss eating at a grotto. A grotto is a simple restaurant, very often with stone tables and benches, mostly outdoors under trees. Wonderful cool in the summertime! As the place is simple, so are the meals. You almost always find polenta (made from corn) or risotto on the menue. If you are lucky you might find one where they still cook them in a copper pot on the fire in the fireplace. Some of the typical local dishes to come with the polenta are wild mushrooms in a wonderful butter and garlic flavored sauce or a roast simmered in wine for many hours (brasato)or try the quail, my favored! The tasty merlot wine is served in a boccalino, a special ceramic cup.
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