Fine dining experience: Michelin restaurants on Lake Como
Lombardy is the region with the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy. Among its 59 restaurants awarded with the prestigious Michelin star, 7 of them can be found around the magnificent lake Como.
An encouraging trend is that young chefs are beginning to put the focus on local products in order to highlight the unique gastronomic identity of lake Como.
In this article, we will get to know Michelin-starred restaurants on Lake Como better.
I Tigli in Theoria, Como
This restaurant is located in a renovated 15th-century palazzo that had been originally built for the bishop of Como.
Franco Caffara got his first experience at the Salumaio di Montenapoleone in Milan and spent several years in Tokyo, where he two of the restaurants from the Salumaio chain. After returning to Como in 2004, he opened I Tigli al Lago, and in 2012 he received the coveted Michelin star. In 2014 he continued his career at I Tigli in Teoria.
Respect for traditions, quality of products, and simplicity of preparation.
Modern cuisine. The menu is based on oysters, scallops, Sicilian shrimp, foie gras, Atlantic lobster, and other delicacies.
– Fiore di zucca croccante, ricotta vaccina, topinambur;
– Risotto all’ostrica vegetale mertensia maritima;
– Nuovo tiramisu.
The tasting menu “TerraMare” – 147 euros, the tasting menu “Breve” – 109 euros. Both menus include a welcome compliment from the chef, pre-dessert, dessert, and coffee.
Address: via Bianchi Giovini, 41, Como
Telephone: +39 031 305272
The restaurant is located in Cernobbio, one of the most popular touristic destinations.
Davide Caranchini is one of the most original young chefs ever. After graduating from the culinary school of Como, he worked in London and Copenhagen. Davide inherited a special admiration for herbs from his grandmother and uses them as key ingredients in his dishes.
In 2016 Davide opened a restaurant in Cernobbio and a year later was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe rankings as the most talented chef in Europe. In 2018 he was awarded a Michelin star.
Comasco by birth, Davide focuses on local seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the restaurant’s own greenhouse.
Italian cuisine with an Asian twist. The menu features the abundant use of vegetables, herbs, and spices.
– Insalata di cavolo rosso sott’aceto, latte di mandorle amare, midollo affumicato e caviale;
– Piccione allo spiedo, linfa di betulla fermentata e fiori di sambuco sott’aceto;
– Cheesecake punk.
The tasting menu “Classic” – 68 euros, the vegetarian menu “Green Power” – 80 euros, tastings chosen by the chef “Going far to understand what is close” with 7 or 12 courses – 80/130 euros.
Address: via Cinque giornate 32, Cernobbio
Telephone: + 39 031 2075548
Kitchen is an elegant restaurant immersed in the botanical garden of Sheraton Lake Como Hotel.
Before joining the Kitchen Restaurant, Andrea Casali worked with Michelin-starred chef Franco Caffara at I Tigli in Teoria. In 2018 Andrea started his work at Kitchen and in November 2020 he received his first Michelin star.
Meticulously selected local products and a strong focus on the original flavor of ingredients.
Italian cuisine with a modern approach and a focus on seasonal ingredients. The main features are herbs and vegetables from the restaurant’s own garden.
– Gamberi rossi croccanti alla pizzaiola, salsa di alici, origano;
– Spaghettone monograno, zafferano, burro acido, capesante in crudo, alloro;
– Tiramisù 2.0.
The tasting vegetarian menu “Green” – 50 euros, menu “Italy our way” – 80 euros
Address: via per Cernobbio 41A, Como
Telephone: +39 031 516460
Mistral, Michelin star restaurant, is a part of the hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio. It has a spectacular terrace overlooking the lake.
Ettore Bocchia is the guru of molecular cuisine. He has been working at Mistral since 1993. In 2020 he began studying molecular cuisine and was the first in Italy to create a molecular menu. In 2004 he was awarded a Michelin star.
In his book “L’essenza dell’invisibile” Ettore explains the essence of molecular cooking.
The quality of the ingredients and cooking techniques which greatly highlight the original flavors. The dishes are paired by a selection of 400 world-renowned labels, including rare and exclusive ones.
Molecular cuisine with particular attention to the physical and chemical features of the cooking process.
– Ostriche tiepide con caviale e ravioli di sedano rapa, maionese all’ostrica e crema acida;
– La variazione d’agnello pré sale;
– Cioccolato bianco, lime e ciliegia.
Address: via Roma, 1, Bellagio
Telephone: +39 031 956435
L’Aria del Mandarin Como Lake, Blevio
The restaurant is nestled in the botanical garden of Mandarin Hotel. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view of Cernobbio and the western shore of the lake.
Before joining L’Aria, chef Vincenzo Guarino worked at Michelin-starred restaurants both in Italy and abroad. In 2009 he received his first Michelin star at I Salotti Restaurant in Tuscany, followed by another one in 2012 at L’Accanto in Naples, and one more in 2016 at the restaurant il Pievani in Tuscany. In 2019, just a few months after coming to L’Aria, he was awarded another star. At the end of 2020, Vincenzo announced his departure from the restaurant.
The cuisine is a language that can tell a story, narrate a place, and capture a moment.
Creative Mediterranean cuisine with a particular emphasis on local products such as lake fish, beef from cattle raised in Alpine meadows, and organic vegetables with an oriental twist.
– Storione, cavolfiore, alga wakame in agrodolce, limone in salamoia;
– Carne & carne;
– Guardo il mondo dall’oblò: cremoso al pistacchio, ganache allo yogurt di bufala, limone confit, sorbetto allo yuzu.
The tasting menu “L’Aria” – 150 euros; the tasting menu “Tradizione” – 120 euros, the vegetarian tasting menu “Verde 4.0” – 100 euros, the seasonal tasting menu “Tartufo Bianco” – 140 euros.
Address: via Enrico Caronti, 69, Blevio
Telephone: +39 031 32511
Berton al Lago, Torno
The panoramic location of the restaurant Berton al Lago embedded into Il Sereno Hotel makes it a must-visit spot. It features a spacious terrace overlooking the lake.
The restaurant has at its helm restaurateur and chef Andrea Berton and executive chef Raffaele Lenzi. Andrea Berton has four Michelin stars from his time at three different restaurants. He worked in London, New York, Tokyo, Rome, and Milan. He heads his own restaurant Berton in Milan. Raffaele Lenzi gained most of his exceptional culinary experience working with top chefs in metropolises such as London, New York, and Rome.
Berton al Lago was awarded a Michelin star within one year of its opening.
Healthy and light cuisine for the well-being and harmony of the body and the mind.
Italian dishes sprinkled with a modern twist. The menu features dishes made with seasonal local ingredients such as cheeses and wines from Valtellina Valley, lake fish, meat from Alpine cattle, herbs, and rice. The chef makes use of ingredients from the hotels’ own herb garden.
– Verza in tempura, salmerino, prugne umeboshi e dashi di merluzzo;
– Raviolo ponzu ripieno di genovese di maiale;
– Acetosa, bergamotto e sambuco.
The tasting menu “Fidarsi” with 9 courses chosen by the chef – 150 euros, the vegetarian tasting menu “Vegetali, tuberi e radici” – 120 euros, the tasting menu “Contrasti” – 135 euros, traditional menu “Classici” – 125 euros.
Address: via Torrazza, 10, Torno
Telephone: +39 031 5477800
Il Cantuccio, Albavilla
The restaurant is located in the heart of Brianza.
Mauro Elli got his first experience in an Italian restaurant in Scotland. On his return to Italy, Mauro worked in Liguria and St. Moritz. In 2003 he opened his own restaurant in Albavilla and in 2007 he received a well-deserved Michelin star. Chef Mauro personally welcomes his guests and takes orders.
Simplicity doesn’t mean banality.
The restaurant delights guests with traditional Italian specialities reinterpreted by the chef.
– Calamaretti rosolati serviti con lenticchie croccanti;
– Piccione cucinato e servito in tre versioni;
– Zuppetta di mandorle con frutti rossi e gelato al pistachio.
Address: via Dante 36, Albavilla
Telephone: +39 031 2030014
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