Recommended Restaurants and Bars

Stresa  and the surrounding area offer an abundance of restaurants and quaint bars. It is very easy to avoid all the usual tourist traps you inevitably find in some popular towns. A few of our favourites where the locals go are:

Trattoria Due Piccioni
Via P. Tomaso, 61
28838 Stresa (VB)
Tel. +39 (0)323 934556

This is one of our absolute favourite restaurants in Stresa! This is where the locals like to eat. A lovely new intimate restaurant which was opened up in 2011 by two Italian brothers named ‘Piccioni’. The moment you walk through the door you are warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and taken to one of the tables in the pretty restaurant. The food is absolutely fantastic; rustic but contemporary and more importantly home cooked with delicious local produce. The pasta is some of the best we have tasted in Stresa, freshly made each day and utterly mouth watering. On our first visit the friendly Head Waiter let us try a few dishes at no extra cost so we could experience the full range of flavours they offer. YUMMY! On our second visit we took our well travelled relatives there for lunch and they liked it so much they insisted we go back the following day. The restaurant was about to close as it was New Years Day but the wonderful staff kindly kept it open for us and gave us a superb three course meal accompanied by lots of delightful prosecco and smooth velvety red wine from the local region. A great experience! We like the fact that we could go there and have a romantic meal for two but equally we could take our little toddler with us and still have a fabulous experience. A family friendly restaurant with an air of romance in the heart of Stresa…. Don’t miss out on eating here!

La Rampolina
Via Per Someraro 13
Campino Di Stresa
Tel: +39 (0)323 9224210

This is a lovely local restaurant just a two minute drive from Casa Bellavista. It is also quite walkable on a summer’s evening. Set in a large garden, down a set of steps, La Rampolina serves real homecooked Italian food at a fraction of the price of the restaurants in Stresa. Even the house wine at 6 euros a litre is very drinkable!  In the summer, grab an outside table and drink in the views of the lake and mountains.

La Gallina che fuma
Via Turatti
28924 Fondotoce (VB)
Tel: +39 (0)323 586851

This restaurant may be a short drive from Casa Bellavista (about 15 minutes away, past the Baveno end of the lake), but it’s well worth making the effort to visit! A fabulous restaurant, owned by two charming girls (who happen to be identical twins), La Gallina che fuma is another one of those hidden gems that only the locals seem to  know about.  The exquisite food is freshly prepared and can be anything from honey roasted baby chicken to ‘melt in the mouth’ Gnocci. On your arrival you will be made to feel immediately at home with a glass of Prosecco and a beaming smile from Francesca and Marianna. Only one word of warning, make sure you go with an empty stomach!

La Botte
(just off the main piazza)

In the heart of Stresa there are many restaurants to choose from but often some of them fall into the tourist trap of overpriced non-authentic Italian food. La Botte is one of the exceptions. Just off the main Piazza, this busy little restaurant serves local food in an atmospheric environment at reasonable prices – it’s a popular choice for those who don’t want to travel far. The menu contains a good selection of regional options, as well as more general Italian dishes. Ravioli in a piedmont sauce, pasta with mint, artichokes and goats cheese….All palates are catered for.

Osteria Degli Amici
(just off the main piazza)

This restaurant is also near the main piazza in Stresa. The owners are wonderful, and will greet you like old friends. The food is great and remarkably consistent – we would recommend the risotto funghi in particular and the pizzas are also lovely. It is possible to have a quick pizza and a beer, or a more sophisticated, gourmet experience here.

Il Vicoletto
Vicolo del Poncivo, 3
28838 Stresa (VB)
Tel: 0323 932102

This is a charming restaurant serving sophisticated cuisine, excellent for a night out when you maybe want to get dressed up a little.

Al Buscion
Via Principessa Margherita 18
Stresa (VB)
Tel: +39 (0)323 934772

Al Buscion is by far our favourite wine bar of the many in Stresa. Rather like the eighties sitcom ‘Cheers’, this is the bar where locals come to chat and talk about their day. It’s the bar where everyone knows your name and the owners, Barbara and Massimo Colla do their utmost to make you feel welcome and one of the ‘Al Buscion’ family. Massimo’s command of the English language would put many Brits to shame! Here you can choose from an enormous range of fantastic wines, either by the glass or the bottle! Not forgetting some award winning beers. Plus there are complimentary snacks and canapés to further tantalise your palette. If you find yourself spoilt for choice and unsure what to drink next Massimo always has a good recommendation…

Villa E Palazzo Aminta (hotel, spa and restaurant)
Via Sempione Nord, 123
28838 Stresa (Verbania)
Lago Maggiore – Italy
Tel: +39 (0)323 933 818
Fax +39 (0)323 933 955

This one is for a special occasion. On the shores of Lake Maggiore, Villa & Palazzo Aminta is one of the most exclusive, luxury resorts in the world. If you fancy splashing out, then why not treat yourself to a day of pampering here or a meal in the stunning pavilion restaurant I Mori that overlooks the lake and the Borromeo Islands?  For 68 Euros you will be able to delight your senses with an exquisite four course banquet cooked by one of the most innovative and renowned chefs in  Italian cooking.