A Foodie’s Guide to Como
Lake Como is located in Northern Italy about 45 kilometers from Milan, the lake also borders Switzerland. It is the 3rd largest lake in Italy, and it has been named the most beautiful lake in the world on many occasions. The beautiful landscape is not the only thing that Como has to offer, delicious food is sure to give you a fulfilling experience as well.
Experience the Lake from another perspective! Rent a boat and explore the Lake and its stunning Villas from the water. Turati Centro Nautico Lario, a family-owned business offers boats for up to 7 people for great prices, with friendly and welcoming service! Remember to pack your blankets during the winter and your swimwear during summer – and don’t forget a picnic! Before you leave, add a pin to the world map hung inside, to leave your mark!
Il Forno is a simple traditional Italian bakery, where you order directly from the bar and take your goodies to-go and enjoy the magnificent view of Lake Como. Il Forno has the most delicious chocolate croissants and coffee for under €3.00. After breakfast, take a walk around the historical city center and visit the Duomo of Como.
Mystic Burger – their name says it all. Enjoy delicious burgers and handcrafted beers! The menu is updated every 3 months but you must try their staple menu item, The Wagyu Mini Burger. This burger features a mouthwatering mini burger topped with a quail egg and truffle shavings. For meat lovers, follow up and try the Pulled Pork Burger, it is deliciously tender!
Ox Pizzeria, “never judge a book by its cover” couldn’t be more accurate. Ox looks like a tourist trap, but don’t be put off! Run by a family from Napoli, this must-stop is the home of pizza, A-ma-zing! The dough is out-of-this-world, soft and fluffy and there’s a large variety of toppings! My go-to topping is the Diavola, it’s a little spicy and it never fails me!
After lunch, you can visit the town of Brunate which is located north of Como. You can reach the town using the Funicular just next to Ox Restaurant. Brunate is your typical Italian town with beautiful, small side streets and locals smiling as you wander around. What makes Brunate different? It’s spectacular view of Lake Como from above! There are several hiking trails available in the area, there are a lot of signs on the trails with useful information including the estimated times and kilometers. The most popular is the “Faro” hike, which takes you to an amazing viewpoint at the Lighthouse of Brunate.
At Degusteria risotto is their specialty, and it’s perfect! Treat yourself to their signature dish, Risotto al Tartufo, it will not disappoint. If you aren’t a truffle fan, try the Nebbiolo and Castlemagno Risotto, my favorite! Be sure to try their Olive Oil selection and trust Gianni to pair your dish with the perfect wine.
Osteria l’Angolo del Silenzio – If you’re looking for a traditional Italian experience – look no further! Their risotto is served directly from a Parmesan Roll and their desserts are spectacular. For an extra touch of authenticity, notice the older gentleman keeping the accounts in order, manually.
At Satin the menu focuses on traditional dishes with elegant presentation and smart service! A great alternative to discover rich local flavors! I recommend the Milanese or the homemade pasta!
Perhaps the most important part of your trip! You cannot and should not leave Como without having at least one Gelato! Try Gelateria Lariana located along the Como City Centre Lake Side – there’s always a line, but it’s worth the wait! Remember a small cone here means you’re getting two scopes, so don’t over order!
Terraza 241 – the rooftop cocktail bar & dining option at Hilton Lake Como. Terraza 241 offers amazing panoramic views of Lake Como, a must-see for a true “wow” experience! Sit back, relax, and indulge in the fantastic cocktails prepared by Vincenzo and his team. Make a night of it and stay for dinner – the hot stones are super fun for a social dining experience. Terraza 241 is also perfect if you’re visiting in a large group, they have a great selection of “sharing cocktails”, my favorites are the Watermelon Sunset and the Bubble Sangria.
Plan your next vacation to Como and take a tasty tour around this beautiful town. Make sure to tweet us @HiltonSuggests and tell us all about your experience in Como.
Know Before You Go
- Feeding the pigeons in Piazza San Marco was banned in 2008.
- Florence is most famously recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The symbol of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is full of history and beauty.
- One of the most famous viewpoints in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs.