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You could easily be forgiven for thinking that you've been transported to another time and place once you step inside this high-ceilinged, atmospheric charmer, located on the 'wrong' side of the tracks near Lucerne's main train station and in a once-industrial area frequented by locals rather than tourists. With rustic charm to spare (solid wooden beams, simple furniture, a homemade chandelier made from cooking utensils, a working stone fireplace, and a single candle at each table), it makes sense for the menu to be based on simple and hearty market-fresh Italian cuisine. Don't come here expecting a lot of menu options; this is the kind of establishment that tells you what's for lunch. There is, at least, a choice of soup or salad based on seasonal ingredients (roasted cauliflower in winter, for example), followed by a hearty pasta dish, all for a bargain 20F. For an extra 6F you can treat yourself to dessert, again based on local and seasonal availability. For dinner, the stakes are raised and a five-course Italian menu is offered for 61F. Wines by the glass and bottle are available, and service is attentive and eager to please. My only gripe is the 10F cost of a carafe of sparkling water, and even then I can forgive them thanks to their jazzing it up with fresh mint, lemon, and lime slices. Brunch on Sunday features a great mix of typically Swiss flavours (cheeses, muesli, charcuterie, and joices) and a lively atmosphere. Reservations advised.