Best of the Italian Lakes
Courtesy of Piccolo Lago
Lakes Orta and Maggiore: Eat
The Michelin-starred Piccolo Lago (87 Via Filippo Turati, Verbania Fondotoce; 39-0323/586-792; dinner for two $208) is known for its Piedmontese specialties. What to order? The filetto di manzo, beef with goose-liver sauce and Sichuan pepper.
Located in a red-roofed villa, Ristorante Milano (2 Corso Zanitello, Verbania; 39-0323/556-816; dinner for two $182) has a dining room that’s remained unchanged since the 1850’s. The menu focuses on classics, from house-made ravioli filled with creamy ricotta to lavaret (whitefish) cooked in butter and sage.
On Maggiore’s pint-size Isola dei Pescatori, you’ll find the intimate Ristorante CasaBella (1 Via del Marinaio, Isola dei Pescatori; 39-0323/33471; dinner for two $97). Reserve a table in the cozy, wood-paneled dining room or on the rooftop terrace, which has views of the neighboring Isola Bella.