In business since 1887, the traditional Barchetta is a great option for a cozy, unpretentious meal in Bellagio. Although there are no lake views here, the setting is lovely. In the midst of the stepped-stone alleys of Lake Como's best-known town, Barchetta offers dining downstairs on the sidewalk, where the people-watching is always good, or on a covered terrazza, hung all about with jasmine, upstairs. (The romantic terrace tables are the restaurant's most requested, so make a reservation at least half a day ahead of time.) The menu is attractively varied, with both Comasco specialties—try the lakefish appetizer for a primer in the bounty of the local waters— and refined plates such as risotto with saffron and black truffle. If you crave Italian comfort food, you'll find a wide range of Italian classics such as pasta alla bolognese and Neapolitan-style pizzas, which are also available for takeout. Service is old-fashioned and warm, and prices are moderate.
Lake Como› Restaurant
Salita Mella 13, Bellagio
Our Rating Neighborhood About town Hours Daily noon-2:30pm, 7-10:30pm Phone 031/951389 Prices Mains €9-€18, pizzas from €6 Cuisine Type Italian/Lake cuisine Web site Barchetta
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