Most people have heard of the stunning lakes of northern Italy – particularly Como, Garda and Maggiore. Yet Lake Iseo remains a lesser known spot despite its natural beauty that rivals any of the other nearby waters. There are a number of fantastic restaurants arround this lake that offer everything from delicious locally-sourced fish to classic Lombardy grilled meat dishes. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best.
If you’re looking to try more local fare that comes straight from the lake, head to Ristorante Le Margherite in Clusane, a lakeside town known for the popular dish tinca ripiena al forno. Tinca, or tench, is a fish related to carp that is found in abundance in Lake Iseo. At Le Margherite, it is baked in the oven and served along with polenta.
Address & telephone number: Ristorante Le Margherite, Via Risorgimento Traversa Settima 251, Clusane, Italy,+39 030 9829205
If you’re looking for an alternative to pasta, pizza and local seafood then 18B is where to go. Here, you can create your own burger with an assortment of different buns and fillings to choose from. If burgers aren’t your thing, there are other options to choose from – even sushi. Make sure to enjoy a cocktail and the scenic view, as 18B is located right on the edge of the lake.
Address & telephone number: 18B, Via Lungolago Guglielmo Marconi 18/b, Iseo, Italy +39 030 2033093
The restaurant at the Relais Mirabella hotel is a hanging garden set high above Lake Iseo. The panoramic terrace overlooking the lake is a fantastic spot for a romantic dinner. Freshwater fish is the star of the menu but there are other options too: try the manzo di Rovato all’olio, a beef dish seasoned with local olive oil.
Azienda Agrituristica Cinque Abeti is set high in the dell’Alto Sebino hills above lovely little Lovere on the northern end of Lake Iseo. This rustic agro-tourist stop-off is famed for its fine home-made cheeses and earthy Lombardy pasta dishes. All food is made using organic, locally-grown ingredients. It’s not the easiest spot to reach, nestled between the fir forests and undulating fields of the Bossico plateau, but diners here are in for a real treat.
Address & telephone number: Azienda Agrituristica 5 Abeti, Via Rifugio, 7 Bossico BG, Italy, +39 035 968165