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Osteria Nostrana

Italian, Swiss, Pizza
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Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
+41 91 791 51 58
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue - Fri 7:30 am - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:30 am
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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  • 67
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian atmosphere, good food.

This restaurant looks quite ordinary from the outside but inside it is lovely. Reminded me of restaurants in Palermo. It was pouring with rain outside but there was a wonderful atmosphere inside. Enough of this, let's get down to food. We both had pizzas, made by their chefs, they were very good, a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
twinkletoes400
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Zurich, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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231 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This restaurant looks quite ordinary from the outside but inside it is lovely. Reminded me of restaurants in Palermo. It was pouring with rain outside but there was a wonderful atmosphere inside. Enough of this, let's get down to food. We both had pizzas, made by their chefs, they were very good, a light crisp base. I had an excellent... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Osteria Nostrana looks pretty much like your average restaurant along Ascona's lakeshore. It is not - try it out! We had great local food in a relaxed atmosphere, and prices are absolutely reasonable. Their home-made mini-cassata is a must! It has nothing to do with the standard cassata on a typical swiss dessert menu, but is just to die... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Once a year my wife and I normally spend a couple of nights in the beautiful Ascona. Sometimes even in the Winter. This was always our preferred restaurant where we spent most of the evenings. We like the ambient and it is in front of the amazing lake with the nice trees. We arrived on a Sunday before lunch and... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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337 reviews 337 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We came here twice, once for lunch, once for dinner. The menu is a mix of traditional Italian food mixed with Swiss-Ticino specials. To be recommended: - pappa pomodoro (rustic tomato sauce) at CHF 9.50 - pizzas from CHF 11 - you can order halves (they bake them in their own special oven) - spaghetti aglio 'olio Outdoor seating overlooking... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Sitting on the boardwalk in the center of Ascona is a terrific spot to have dinner. We enjoyed a, not too Al dente, spaghetti and a very fresh salad mista. Reasonable price for the great view. Good local wine.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You have to go there for a pizza. We tried the putanesca. Delicious. Service nice and right on the lake. Mamma Mia, molto buono.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Excellent restaurant and impeccable service from Mr Matera. Great experience on Lake Maggiore in a pleasant environment.

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Berlin, Germany
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I always like to eat in the Osteria, as they offer a great variety of fresh food, meat and fish. Even with bigger business groups or family gatherings the service is quick, the food is hot and being served with a smile. The open kitchen offers insight, especially how the pizza dough is being prepared. Always a pleasure. Highly suggested

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Sion, Switzerland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nothing to complain about. Always pretty good. We used to visit it every year at least and still our favourite

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited cousins in Locarno and they brought us here to eat. It was very good, the restaurant was very busy and the wait staff was all over the place. Even with that, they were very attentive to our needs. The food was good, we each ordered a pizza, except for one who had the saffron risotto with mushrooms, it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Ascona
  • Phone Number: +41 91 791 51 58

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Swiss, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?