The picturesque villages and upscale resorts surrounding Lake Como, in the foothills of the Alps in Northern Italy, are famous for their grandiose villas, lakeside beaches and first-rate restaurants. Here is our pick of the best.
Lake Como is one of Italy’s most upmarket destinations and travellers come to the region trying to catch a glimpse of George and Amal Clooney’s lakeside villa or to scope out the settings of Hollywood films (parts of Casino Royale and Oceans 12 were filmed here). For those wanting to rub shoulders with the glitterati, there’s a world-class dining culture to match. While some restaurants come with a celebrity price tag, family-run trattorias cook up reasonably priced, traditional specialties that would make James Bond drool, and they share the same snow-tipped mountain views and waterside settings as any celebrity hotspot. Here are the best dining spots to enjoy around Lake Como, for any budget.
Head to Como’s ultramodern, swanky Avenue Hotel and take a bar stool at its theatrical in-house restaurant, Il Comacino. This place has garnered a cult following for its kitchen-side seating, which gives you an intimate insight into the preparation of your dinner. Watch the chefs roll breadsticks, sear tuna and fry courgette flowers as you sip away at a local red wine.