Best of the Italian Lakes

restaurant in Lakes Orta and Maggiore, Italy
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Courtesy of Piccolo Lago

From Como to Orta, the best of the Italian lakes.

Lakes Orta and Maggiore: Eat

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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.

restaurant in Lakes Orta and Maggiore, Italy

Best of the Italian Lakes

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.

Courtesy of Piccolo Lago
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