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Food

Lake Como offers many genuine products. As is typical of Italian culinary tradition, Lake Como offers food as varied as the local area: a real gastronomic rainbow, from lake fish to cheese, cold cuts and meat-based dishes.

Missoltini (typical sun-dried fish), pike fillets, risotto with perch, maltagliati with lavarel roe and famous traditional Lombard dishes such as casseoula (pork and savoy cabbage) and buseca (tripe) all accompanied by the ubiquitous polenta uncia and tocc, and washed down with some good local red or white wine, are just some of the dishes that you will see on restaurant menus.

RESTAURANTS LAKE COMO

VECCHIA VARENNA
By the old port in Varenna (00 39 0341 830 793) - http://www.vecchiavarenna.it
The faintly nouvelle food is good, though not always as faultless as it would like to be. Closed Monday.

BAR CAFFE ROSSI
Piazza Mazzini 22-24, Bellagio (00 39 031 950 196).
This elegant bar with its Art Nouveau wood and mirrors, is the best place to loll over a dry martini.

LOCANDA DELL'ISOLA COMACINA
Isola Comacina (00 39 034 455 083) - http://www.comacina.it/en/restaurant.php
Everybody has to eat just once at the remarkable Locanda dell'Isola Comacina.

SANTO STEFANO
Piazza XI Febbraio 3, Lenno (00 39 034 455 434) - http://www.santostefanolenno.it
Head to Lenno, where Santo Stefano serves the Como speciality, missoltini (dried twaite shad, if you must know). Closed Monday.

DA LUIGI, ACQUASERIA
Via Statale 59, Sant'Abbondio (00 39 034 450 057).
In the hamlet of Sant'Abbondio, this restaurant has great fish antipasti and a rare treat on Como - pizzas cooked in a wood oven. Closed Wednesday.

BARCHETTA
Salita Mella 13, Bellagio (00 39 031 951 389) - http://www.ristorantebarchetta.com
Of the restaurants in the steep streets of the old town, Barchetta has the edge, with its cosy terrace, friendly service and good local specialities.

SILVIO
Via Carcano 12, Bellagio (00 39 031 950 322) - http://www.bellagiosilvio.it
Lake fish is the speciality at this rustic restaurant on the little harbour inlet of Loppia just beyond the Villa Melzi; it also has a few simple and inexpensive rooms, most with fabulous lake views.

GROTTO DEL SERGENTE
Via al Crotto del Sergente, 13, Como (00 39 031 283911) - http://www.crottodelsergente.it/
Located in a seventeenth century building, once a cellar, then a pantry and in the end a popular village's hang out, it still preserves its historic and traditional atmosphere, featuring genuine.

IL GATTO NERO
Via Monte Santo 69, Cernobbio (00 39 031 512042) - http://www.gattonerocernobbio.com
Located in Cernobbio, "Il Gatto Nero" is the favorite celebrities venue, George Clooney and The Oasis' leader Liam Gallager have been spot here, but it is also very popular among.

LA PIAZZETTA
Piazza Roma 6, Argegno (00 39 031 8211 10) - http://www.piazzettargegno.it
When you had enough of the Formula One thrill, head to Argegno and take a seat in one of the La Piazetta outdoor tables. Argegno is a small and peaceful village 20 minutes from Ceronbbio, on the most

Wine

The nearby Brianza area is full of vineyards. The finest wine comes from the Montevecchia hillside. There are also vineyards on the northern west end of the lake above Domaso.

Azienda Agricola Sorsasso: www.sorsasso.com
Stefano Farina: www.stefanofarinawines.com
Cantine Angelinetta: www.cantineangelinetta.com