A guide to food and drink in Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is surrounded by culinary masterpieces in every town. After all, Italians pride themselves on their cuisine, and Lake Maggiore is no exception. The towns that surround the lake all have their own flavour and take on Italian food, though there are many similarities.

Exploring Lake Maggiore's delicacies

Local cheeses are very popular here, especially the Bettelmatt and the Ossolano d’Alpe. Traditionally these cheeses are served in antipasto form, as a starter, and with speciality cured meats, raw ham and cured goat’s leg. Such platters are typically accompanied by fresh rolls and bread as well as pickles and olives, making them the perfect dish to nibble on as you peruse the menu and sip the house wine.

If you’re about to visit the gorgeous area of Lake Maggiore, get ready for an extravaganza of culinary delights and some of Italy’s favourite dishes. Taste your way through a few of these restaurants below during your Italian Lakes holiday and sample the array of local, fresh, organic and simply scrumptious dishes on offer. The food here will definitely give you something to write home about.

Seafood delicacies at II Vicoletto, Stresa

Come for the romantic ambiance and stay for the beautifully crafted, tasty dishes. II Vicoletto serves up authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, with wine by the glass to perfectly accompany each of your courses.

Venture outside the box and try the octopus, scallops and leek pudding. You can sit inside or out, but no matter where your table is finish the night with their hot chocolate cake – you won’t be disappointed.

Authentically Italian at Osteria Mercato, Stresa

Mark a special occasion at Osteria Mercato. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this restaurant is sure to have you coming back night after night during Lake Maggiore holidays.

The menu is full of classic Italian dishes like cod stuffed ravioli and risotto, presented in a unique and eye-catching way. To top it off, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary glass of prosecco and excellent service.

More than a restaurant at La Casera, Verbania

For a family run restaurant big on authentic flavours, head to La Casera. This Italian gem might be hard to find from the outset, as it’s located inside a wine and cheese shop, but it is well worth your time.

You’ll be blown away with the extent of their antipasto platters, featuring a selection of salamis, ham, cheeses and olives. Eat your way through their delicious spread and buy some cheese and wine to remember the night.

Make a night of it at Ristorante LaStresa, Stresa

For fine dinning at its best on your holiday to Italy, visit Ristorante LaStresa. This high-end restaurant is ideal for a romantic night out with the one you love.

The grilled seafood is a speciality, as well as the chef’s aubergine caponata. Sit outside as the world passes you by and dive into their succulent rack of lamb, seared tuna millefeuille, fried squid, or sliced beef steak with whiskey and pepper.

Views and decadent dining merge at Verbano, Isola Pescatori

You’ll be looking out across Lake Maggiore as you dine at the classy establishment, Verbano. This sophisticated restaurant has seating both outdoors and in, but you’ll want to book a table as close as possible to the water.

It’s all about the view here, as you try lobster linguine, herb risotto and chocolate mousse with raspberries for dessert. Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot for lunch or somewhere unique to bring the family, Verbano’s vistas and menu won’t disappoint.